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North Forsyth 24, Norcross 7

CUMMING - Norcross' domination of North Forsyth came to a rough end, one that dealt a severe blow to the Blue Devils' Region 7-AAAAA playoff hopes.

After pounding North Forsyth 103-0 in its last three meetings, Norcross (3-4, 3-2) fell to the Raiders (5-2, 3-2) 24-7 Friday night in Cumming.

"Give them credit, they played great," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said of North Forsyth.

Norcross was unable to get its offense in gear, gaining just one first down in its first three possessions. However, the Blue Devils' defense held the fort as it stymied the North Forsyth offense for the remainder of the half following an early field goal.

"We didn't score but we played great defense," Maloof said of his team's start.

With the defense on point, the Blue Devils' offense finally got in gear through the air, when quarterback Ronald Rose connected with Geremy Davis on a 33-yard reception, bringing the ball to the North Forsyth 10-yard-line. Three plays later, Rose plunged in from a yard out for a score, putting Norcross up 7-3 heading into the half.

However, North Forsyth scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to steal the momentum back.

"Third quarter, they just came out and mounted a good drive, we had them third-and-long and they popped the dive on us and that is something they hadn't done all night," Maloof said.

The Blue Devils gained just 79 yards on the ground, while Tyler Slaton had 146 of his team's 260 rushing yards.

Despite the outcome, Maloof implored his disappointed team to keep the faith following the tough region loss.

"I don't want to see anybody quit," he said. "I believe in you, there is a lot of football left."