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Northeast 14, Boca Ciega 12

GULFPORT — The Vikings dominated most of the Class 4A, District 9 contest but it took a last-minute stand on a two-point conversion for them to win.

Latavien Washington scored from 5 yards, capping a Pirates drive on which Shaquille Bradford found Quenten Hines over the middle for a 66-yard gain. But the two-point pass failed.

"We knew they'd stack the line with about eight or nine guys," Boca Ciega coach Stevie Thomas said. "The play was there but we didn't catch it."

Northeast drove 74 yards on 14 plays and ate up almost nine minutes, capped by Juarez Wynn's 6-yard run, to take a 7-0 advantage late in the first quarter.

"That's our game, to control the ball," Vikings coach Jay Austin said. "Some injuries have limited our explosiveness."

Wynn later scored on a 63-yard run and finished with 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Nathan Cowan, Times correspondent

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