NORCROSS - North Forsyth is no longer the perfect football patsy for homecoming. Norcross certainly found that out Friday night.
The host Blue Devils led just 3-0 at halftime and got a scare before defeating the Raiders 17-0 in front of a relieved homecoming crowd.
The score was 48-0 last season, when North Forsyth won just one game for the second consecutive year. But the Raiders are 3-4 overall this season and 2-3 in Region 7-AAAAA, with none of the losses overly one-sided.
Although Norcross, 5-2 overall and 3-1 in 7-AAAAA, recorded its third shutout, North Forsyth rushed for 291 net yards and controlled the clock with its veer attack, directed by senior quarterback Eli Chester. The Raiders had been averaging 25.4 points in region play.
North Forsyth also showed it could play defense.
Norcross tailback D.J. Adams gained 137 yards on 22 carries, but the Maryland recruit was held without a touchdown after scoring four times in last week's 45-0 rout at Northview.
The Blue Devils' only touchdowns against North Forsyth came on a 37-yard pass from Charles King to Prince Kent in the third quarter and fullback Peter Poole's 15-yard run in the fourth quarter.
North Forsyth tried to avoid the shutout with a field goal on the last play of the game. It was short and wide, however.
King was 6 of 14 passing for 120 yards, but was intercepted twice. North Forsyth threw just eight times, completing three for 38 yards.
Down 3-0, North Forysth recovered an onside kick to open the second half and had a chance to tie the game with a 42-yard field goal.
But Corey Reins missed and the momentum switched back to Norcross.
North Forsyth fumbled the next time it had the ball, with Norcross recovering at the Raiders' 21. A penalty pushed the Blue Devils back, but King scramble to his right and found Miami recruit Kent behind the secondary for a touchdown with 4:28 left in the third quarter.
The Blue Devils put the game away with a TD on their next possession, driving 79 yards and getting into the end zone on Poole's run with 9:28 remaining in the game.
North Forsyth outgained Norcross 199-141 in the first half and had nine first downs to the Blue Devils' six.
Conner Hawk capped the Blue Devils' first possession with a 37-yard field goal, but that was all the scoring for Norcross in the first half. The Blue Devils had the ball just twice more before intermission, with their deepest drive ending on an interception at the North Forsyth 3-yard line.
North Forsyth had a first-quarter drive stopped on downs at the Norcross 14 and fumbled the ball away at the Blue Devils' 32 in the second quarter.
Norcross, which has all but clinched a playoff spot, plays at Duluth next Friday before facing Peachtree Ridge at home and Collins Hill on the road.
Those final two games will settle seeding for the postseason.