Norland Defeats Wakulla in State Championships

By: Associated Press; Jason Kahn
By: Associated Press; Jason Kahn

Orlando, FL (AP) - Randy "Duke" Johnson scored five touchdowns as Miami Norland defeated Crawfordville Wakulla 38-0 in the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 5A football finals.

Johnson scored four rushing touchdowns Friday, adding a 69-yard kickoff in the second quarter to put Norland up 23-0 at halftime. His final carry was a 40-yard touchdown run.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back had 130 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving.

Norland (15-0) was equally good on defense as the Vikings yielded just 58 yards and five first downs to an overmatched Wakulla (12-3) team.

Quarterback Tony Thomas was 9-of-12 for 125 yards while wide receiver Darren Owi caught four passes for 69 yards. Deonte Hutchinson led Wakulla with two catches for 25 yards while linebacker Tamrick Holmes had a game-high 14 tackles.

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  • by Shane Location: Tampa on Dec 18, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    lol College coaches wear Camo hats for games. Its not because they are from Wakulla it represents the US Troops. The scratched helmets are not because they are poor , a player with a lot of scratches on his helmet signifies that he is a hard hitter. Most guys like those scratches,they are like war marks. As for the game plan, I thought the coaches kind of got prideful here. They thought they could just play like its another game against a nationally ranked squad. Could have had a better game plan. But I guess thats what you get when only the head coach can coach and most of the assistants save one or two are clowns.
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    Hey Justine. That "but you all can". Maybe we should throw getting an education besides the losing the camo hat and scratched helmets. Let's get for real here. Wakulla only made State because Putnam went for 3 instead of 7. Like you said, yall all :) not the richest of all. lmao.
  • by Jt on Dec 18, 2011 at 02:06 AM
    Winning is not everything....but losing is not anything. Lose the camo hat and work harder for next year boys!
  • by Justine:) Location: Wakulla County! on Dec 17, 2011 at 06:46 PM
    Even though we lost, we still made it to state. I'm proud of them for making it that far. And for the people that commented, how does what the coach wearing matter? It was camo, so what? And it had the Eagle head on it. OMG PEOPLE, WE'RE FROM WAKULLA, WE WEAR CAMO! And the players having scratched helmets, oh well, Wakullas not the richest school. If you care that much about their helmets, then why dont you donate money?? Or you could just get up and leave, your choice. BUT WAY TO GO WAR EAGLES FOR ATLEAST MAKING IT TO STATE, I'M PROUD OF YOU!! Some schools cant say they made it that far, but yall can!
  • by Mary on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    Wow, 38 - 0? Thank God I did not follow the team to the game. What a slaughter.
  • by Paul Location: Tallahassee on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    Poor little boys. At least you tried young players. Hey, you got to go to Orlando for free, right? Why the coach was wearing a hat like that I just dont know. Have some respect man.
  • by Jim Location: Medart on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    What a disappointment. What kind of preparation did they staff do for this game. You got runned over and the rushing yards were ugly. The War Eagles QB threw so many passes up for grabs that he looked like some guy off the street. Maybe next time War Eagles (in 20 more years).
  • by Bob Location: Crawfordville on Dec 17, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    How embarassing. We got wipped so bad. Not even one point. The QB was awful and the defense like jello. The coach did not prepare for the game. We might as well stayed home. The War Eagles got their wings clipped. I am not surprised. We go to Orlando to represent our High School and they send us back with our tails in between our legs. And did you see the Head Coach wearing that camo hat and the players wearing scratched helmets? Have some pride War Eagles.
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