Norcross crushes Northview 42-6

NORCROSS - Last week Norcross showed its big-play ability in a very convincing win over rival Duluth.

On Friday night, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils displayed a different style of game and still obtained the same result in a 42-6 thumping of Northview.

Norcross head coach Keith Maloof was very happy with his team's performance as it improved to 2-0.

"Both offense and defense were solid. It was a great night all the way around," said Maloof.

Darius Hanks picked up where he left off last week by scoring twice, once on a reverse from nine yards out and another on a 30-yard pass from Bryce Dykes. Hanks now has four touchdowns on the season.

Chris Tanner connected on two field goals in the first half from 28 and 23 yards and made all but one of his extra point attempts.

The Norcross defense only allowed 165 yards of total offense to the visiting Titans. The Blue Devils were led by D.J. Jones and Dion DuBose, who had two sacks each in the first half.

Norcross led 10-0 after the first quarter after Tanner's first field goal and the nice reverse play that Hanks was able to score on.

Tanner added his second kick from 23 yards out with 9:04 left in the first half.

Norcross' defense forced Northview to punt with 1:21 left in the half and took over at its own 42. Six plays later Demetrius Hill, the offensive star of the night for the Blue Devils, caught a Dykes pass from 12 yards out and provided a 19-0 lead at the half.

Dykes hooked up with Hanks for a 30-yard TD pass with 7:46 left in the third quarter extending the lead to 26-0.

Northview's only bright spot of the game came just over two minutes later when Robby Dewling caught a lateral from quarterback Justin Tuggle and then hit a wide-open Ross Pepe for a 54-yard TD. The PAT was no good and the score was 26-6.

The defense did have a big play on Northview's next drive when Leonard Foster picked off a Tuggle pass and took it 45 yards down the right sideline for the score. The kick made it 33-6 with 3:06 left in the third quarter.

The defense added insult to injury less than two minutes later when it forced Tuggle to throw the ball away from the end zone and it did not cross the line of scrimmage, resulting in a safety.

With less a minute to play in the third quarter, Alex Napper added a TD run from 5 yards out giving Norcross its final margin of 42-6.

Hill had 143 yards rushing on 13 attempts to go along with his TD reception. It was the senior's first 100-yard rushing game of his high school career.

"I don't worry about getting the ball as long as we win," Hill said. "I couldn't do it without the offensive line."

Bryce Dykes was 10 of 21 for 128 yards passing with two TDs.