Booker T. Washington 41, Norland 14

Malik Atkins, Booker T. Washington storm to victory over Norland

Booker T. Washington’s future will be in good hands with Malik Atkins at quarterback. Atkins completed 8 of 11 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns, and carried the ball six times for 65 yards and a rushing touchdown, fueling the Tornadoes (8-0) past Norland at Traz Powell Stadium.

Booker T. Washington’s well-oiled machine was at it again, stifling Norland’s offense, preventing the Vikings from passing midfield on multiple possessions and capitalizing on short punts and a short field to load up the scoreboard.

The Tornadoes’ most impressive series came midway through the third quarter on a two play, 99-yard drive where Atkins connected on passes of 44 and 56 yards after Norland scored its first touchdown and pinned Booker T. at its 1-yard line on the ensuing kickoff. Atkins, a junior who also had six carries for 65 yards, started in place of U.S. Army All-American and Florida State commitment Treon Harris. Harris and several other Booker T. starters, including UM oral commitment Demetrius Jackson, rested because of injuries.

Norland dual-threat star Khalil Murat led the Vikings (2-6) with 19 carries for 165 yards, and went 6 of 12 passing for 67 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

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