Norland's defense and consistent running attack in the fourth quarter sealed the Vikings' (2-1) 24-14 victory over American (0-2) on Thursday night at Traz Powell Stadium.
The contest was a defensive match up early on until Norland's second half push overpowered American's defense.
"They played hard and gave us a game," Norland Coach Daryl Heidelburg said. "Our conditioning came through for us in the end."
Terrance Evans led all rushers with 84 yards, including a go-ahead 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, which gave Norland a 17-14 lead.
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The Vikings' defense held off every American's offensive push and controlled the clock by moving the chains continuously in the third quarter.
Norland did make use of the passing game; quarterback Alec Carr's 35-yard touchdown to Romale Henry was the game's lone score through the air, and Lytil Borders' 43-yard run with 59.2 seconds left capped off the scoring.
American's Jo'kwan Holmes produced 75 rushing yards while Wanya Williams scored on a keeper. Chaaleb Womble also rushed on the goal line for a score as well.