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After a skeptical preseason loss against Booker T. Washington, Coach Steve Field and his Northwestern Bulls (2-0), may have just bounced back and given their team and alumni new life after a one-sided 24-6 win over reigning class 5A state champions, Norland. the Vikings, favored to win, struggled early amassing only 37-running yards on 17 rushes in the first half. Senior quarterback Greg Brown threw for just 4 yards in the first half and finished with six. The Vikings showed little edge as the Bulls, determined to rebuild their legacy, pummeled the entire team. Getting it done on offense, Bulls senior quarterback, Randy Jones Jr., totaled 131 passing yards that repeatedly put his team in scoring position. Paralyzed by back-to-back touchdowns in the first and second quarters from Bulls’ senior running back, Darius Tice, the Vikings were shutout in the first half 14-0. Northwestern thwarted any Norland hopes, inching their way up the field to score again three minutes into the third, again at the hands of Tice who finished with 54 yards. Fabian Johnson, Bulls senior running back, added 100 rushing yards, but did not score. The Bulls defense besieged the Norland offense, with three sacks, two coming from senior defensive lineman, Marquiese Blanchard. Norland, still finding their way with a relatively young team, allowed for two safeties on missed punt snaps by senior defensive end, Paul James, which extended the Northwestern lead to 24-0.
The Bulls, a little sloppy near the end of the game, collected 75 yards in penalties. Norland who only had 30 penalty yards, avoided a shutout with a 23-yard pass-catch from Diaz-Martinez to junior receiver Kendrick Edwards at the end of the fourth. Both teams are favored in their upcoming games against North Miami (0-2)(Norland) and Coral Gables (0-2) (Northwestern), but as the season goes on, the Bulls will have to sustain that fire against tough district opponents like Central (1-1) and Carol City (1-1).
By Akilah Laster