NORCROSS - Having last weekend off came at a good time for Norcross. It gave Ronald Rose extra time to heal.
Rose had been knocked out of the Blue Devils' game at Chattahoochee on Sept. 25 with a banged up left shoulder, but he wasn't bothered in the least Friday night against Northview.
In fact, the junior quarterback had a career game in the first half alone. Fortunately, it wasn't his throwing shoulder he hurt anyway.
Rose had three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion toss before halftime and added another TD throw in the third quarter as Norcross rolled to a 31-2 victory over visiting Northview in a marathon game that took nearly three hours.
Three of Rose's four TD passes went to senior Geremy Davis, who had scores of 19, 29 and 40 yards to help the Blue Devils improved to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 7-AAAAA. The only loss for Norcross since starting 0-2 came against North Gwinnett in a close game.
Rose, a starting cornerback as a sophomore, played just the first three quarters, but was 16 of 23 for 255 yards. He was 12 of 15 for 163 yards in the first half.
The easy victory capped a difficult week for Norcross coach Keith Maloof. His father, legendary former St. Pius coach and Georgia Tech standout George Maloof, died Sunday and was buried on Thursday.
A moment of silence was observed before the kickoff.
The game dragged on and on with plenty of penalties, but it took Norcross just 20 seconds to score as the Blue Devils capitalized on the first of four Northview turnovers in the first half. Deejay Shane picked off Evan Jacks on the Titans' first play and Davis took Rose's flare pass 19 yards for the TD.
Northview put together its long drive on its next possession, but fumbled the ball away at the 3-yard line with Andrw Tribble recovering for Norcross. The Titans ended up getting a safety, though, when Kendrix Huitt was tackled for a safety on the Blue Devils' second play.
Norcross went up 21-2 at halftime thanks to two TD passes from Rose and his two-point conversion pass. Davis out-leaped a Northview defender for a 29-yard score and Huitt caught the two-pointer from Rose to make it 14-2.
Then Delino DeShields scored from 5 yards out on a swing pass from Rose with 57 seconds remaining before halftime. Senior standout Connor Hawk, who had missed a kick after the first TD, connected this time for the extra point.
Hawk, who has been bothered by a leg injury, didn't kick in the second half. Chris Bingham, a sophomore, took over and booted a 21-yard field goal on the Blue Devils' first possession after intermission, the drive highlighted by a 54-yard run from Huitt.
Davis had his third TD reception late in the third quarter, teaming with Rose on the 40-yard scoring play.
Arius Wright had an interception and Shane a fumble recovery for Norcross in the first half as Northview fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Region 7-AAAAA. The Blue Devils are 6-0 against the Titans, including a 45-0 rout last season.
Will O'Grady, who took over at quarterback for Rose two weeks ago against Chattahoochee and helped lead Norcross to a 20-17 comeback victory, played the fourth quarter and the Blue Devils kept the ball on the ground with a big lead.