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Heartbreaking Losses of the State Finals-2002 6A Final

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Just imagine, your team scores the go-ahead TD in the state final with only about 45 seconds remaining, only to have the opposing team hit a 60-yard pass play about 25 seconds later later to win the game.  This happened to one team within the past 25 years. 

Which teams played this game and which won had the heartbreaking loss?

 

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14 hours ago, OldSchoolLion said:

Just imagine, your team scores the go-ahead TD in the state final with only about 45 seconds remaining, only to have the opposing team hit a 60-yard pass play about 25 seconds later later to win the game.  This happened to one team within the past 25 years. 

Which teams played this game and which won had the heartbreaking loss?

 

Miami Norland vs Orlando Edgewater. Edgewater made what looked like a game winning drive ending in a touchdown when the running back took it in on a draw play. The drive was highlighted by some spectacular catches by Mike Walker of Edgewater, including one where he dived laterally to catch the ball full stretch. 

Unfortunately, for Edgewater, despite having a good kicker, they elected to pooch the ball to prevent a long return, giving Norland the ball at about their 40. This Norland team had too big time receivers including Dwayne Bowe who would star at LSU and have a very good NFL career. However, Robert Spence elected instead, to throw the ball to a receiver who had not scored a touchdown the entire season. He collected the ball between Kenny Ingram and another Edgewater receiver and dived into the endzone, scoring with about 20 seconds on the clock. Edgewater got the ball back but was unable to bring off a second miracle. 

That night was the coldest night I ever watched a game live. I watched the game on the Norland side because my niece was a Norland Junior. I was the sole Edgewater fan on that side and took a lot of grief after the game. 

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7 hours ago, DarterBlue2 said:

Miami Norland vs Orlando Edgewater. Edgewater made what looked like a game winning drive ending in a touchdown when the running back took it in on a draw play. The drive was highlighted by some spectacular catches by Mike Walker of Edgewater, including one where he dived laterally to catch the ball full stretch. 

Unfortunately, for Edgewater, despite having a good kicker, they elected to pooch the ball to prevent a long return, giving Norland the ball at about their 40. This Norland team had too big time receivers including Dwayne Bowe who would star at LSU and have a very good NFL career. However, Robert Spence elected instead, to throw the ball to a receiver who had not scored a touchdown the entire season. He collected the ball between Kenny Ingram and another Edgewater receiver and dived into the endzone, scoring with about 20 seconds on the clock. Edgewater got the ball back but was unable to bring off a second miracle. 

That night was the coldest night I ever watched a game live. I watched the game on the Norland side because my niece was a Norland Junior. I was the sole Edgewater fan on that side and took a lot of grief after the game. 

Wow...thanks for the great recap.

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40 minutes ago, OldSchoolLion said:

Wow...thank for the great recap.

It's a game I will never forget. The momentum went back and forth between two evenly matched teams. And, like I said, it was as cold as ice.

A neighborhood kid that lived four doors down from me at the time, Jarrick Thomas, was a two way starter for that Edgewater team. He had attended Middle School with both my sons at Piedmont Lakes Middle, and in the evenings they would often play some street basketball with him. He blocked a Norland extra point and had several good tackles. Jarrick got a football scholarship but blew out his knee in his sophomore year. 

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