PALMETTO -- 27 carries, 375 yards, 3 TDs and a trip back to the Citrus Bowl. Duke Johnson earned all that Friday in a 35-27, Class 5A state semifinal win on the road at Palmetto High.
Norland trailed 20-0 midway through the second quarter before Johnson got going. He finished with six carries for over 25 yards -- 49 yards, 67 yards (TD), 32 yards (TD), 71 yards (TD), 25 yards and 33 yards. He had 98 yards on his other 21 touches.
Johnson said after the game he had Frank Gore's county record 419 yards in mind. He finished 44 yards shy of tying the record.
Here's his postgame interview with The Miami Herald.
Here's what Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg said after the game.