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BTW claims ‘mythical Miami title,’ stops Norland, 41-14

Akilah Laster | 10/31/2013, 9 a.m.
Booker T. Washington offense and Miami Norland defense at line of scrimmage. Photo by Akilah Laster

While the 41-14 result of the Booker T. Washington-Norland game ended in the expected manner, the Tornados of BTW said they still had something to prove. Head Coach Tim “Ice” Harris says, “the win against the Vikings solidifies the mythical State of Miami championship.”

“Our schedule really makes it interesting,” he said. “We wanted to prove that conference doesn’t matter and solidify ourselves as the best.”

Not only did they prove to be the best, but also that they have depth with the brilliant play of junior back-up quarterback Malik Atkins who finished with 220 yards on 9-of-11 passing. Atkins in his third start, replaced Treon Harris who is out because of a groin injury. Atkins finished with four touchdowns, including his own 7-yard run.

While the game means nothing to either team, other than a few bragging rights, it may also have been scheduled out of necessity according to Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg, who said that many teams were not eager to face his team.

“We were looking for games along with Central and Booker T.,” Heidelburg said. “Not many schools want to play us.”

While Heidelburg said he hopes that it’s a sign of respect, he looked forward to the challenge of facing Booker T. in a game that may help them when they return to competitive district play against Carol City on Friday.

“Facing the number one team in the nation is a first for me,” Heidelburg said. “While they’re a tough opponent I can safely say [the Chiefs] aren’t a number one team.”

Even though the win was decisive for the Tornados, Heidelburg said he saw some positives.

“We were able to run the ball on them and that is something I haven’t seen any team do,” he said. “Not even Central.”

The Vikings earned 228 rushing yards against Booker T. which is the most they’ve allowed all season. Harris even commended the Vikings for it.

“They did a good job keeping the ball from us,” said Harris, who called the victory bittersweet.

Booker T. finishes the regular season on Friday afternoon with a humdrum game against Edison at Traz. But for Norland, their game is critical to extending their season. A win would force a three-way tiebreaker for second-place with Northwestern and Carol City.