Booker T Washington will not put their Florida record 41-game winning streak officially on the line until next week against St. Thomas Aquinas- a private school heavily ranked high in national polls with an influx of transfer talent, but the Tornadoes got a strong test in their classic game against North Marion prior to that.
North Marion went up 20-18 after a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second half. The Colts would add more points, going up 27-18 in third quarter. From there Booker T Washington used 10-unanswered points and a blocked field goal to seal a 28-27 win over the stubborn Colts of North Marion.
North Marion widely is considered a contending threat in Florida Class 5A in the southeast despite national projections. The Colts showed tonight, in a game that did not count, that are out for a special season.
At points during the contest emotions/competitive fire ran high on both sides. Both teams exchanged unpleasant greetings with some slight pushing and shoving prior to the second half.
“They showed me tonight they are the team I think they are. Full of heart and passion. Nothing but up from here,” North Marion second-year head coach Stephen Field said.
North Marion opens the regular season next week against Blanche Ely followed by their home opener against Forest the next week. A date with Hoover in late October highlights North Marion’s schedule and will be televised nationally on ESPN 2. The contest against Hoover will be North Marion’s first out-of-state game in school history and the first nationally-televised game for a Marion County (FL) school in history.
‘We’ll play them, we’ll play anybody,” Field said when approached about the opportunity to play Hoover with no regard to the historically context of the game.