One of the anchors of Norcross’ stout defense, which has allowed just 26 points in three wins, has made his college decision.
Senior defensive tackle Ben Bradley accepted an offer from West Virginia after visiting Morgantown for the game with Coastal Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder also had offers from South Carolina, North Carolina State and Central Florida.
“(Bradley’s) got a big body and he can run, that’s what (recruiters) are looking for,” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. “He’s real athletic for how big he his. ... His main thing is he’s gotten a lot stronger. He’s really improved his strength.”
Bradley has started the past two seasons for Norcross after moving from Rockdale County. He already has 24 tackles, including eight for losses, this season.
He was recruited to play defensive line for the Mountaineers.
“I like their defense, they play a three-man front,” Bradley said. “It’s something different and if I can go pro, I have to learn it anyway because most pro teams are using it. So I’d rather learn it in college.”
Bradley made 70 tackles in nine games as a junior.
Rock solid in the veer
Dacula head coach Kevin Maloof’s unique offense has given county teams fits for years, and he has steadfastly refused to take the veer out of his option attack.
“I had to keep it in there, I just love the veer too much to take it out,” Maloof said after his team rushed for 282 yards and held the ball for almost 36 minutes in Friday’s 24-14 win over Brookwood.
It helps Maloof’s dedication to the veer that he has quarterback Rocky Capobianco. The junior ran the attack perfectly in the Brookwood victory, making the right reads on whether to keep it (he rushed for 82 yards) or give it to backs like Marcus Cox (125 yards) or Dexter Walker (71 yards).
“(Capobianco) understands the offense,” Maloof said. “I’ve tried to run the veer my entire career but he’s the first pure veer quarterback I’ve had since 1996.”
Wesleyan’s region off to good start
When the Georgia High School Association created the new Region 5-A, there was some uncertainty as to the competitiveness of the region of 14 Atlanta-area private schools. So far, so good for most of the teams in 5-A, particularly in Wesleyan’s subregion.
In the North division, Wesleyan, King’s Ridge, Mt. Pisgah and Pace Academy are all 3-0 entering Friday, while Holy Innocents’ is 2-1. The Wolves play Holy Innocents’ in the subregion opener this week.
Eagle’s Landing Christian and Our Lady of Mercy are both 3-0 in the South division and Landmark Christian is 2-1.
The 14 teams in the region play subregion schedules for seeding, then have a play-in game to determine the playoff teams.
Apalachee’s ground game rolls
Apalachee didn’t have much luck slowing down Flowery Branch in last week’s 52-35 loss, but the Wildcats’ offense certainly scored enough points to win against a stingy defense.
Unbeaten Flowery Branch had shut out its first two opponents this season before encountering major problems with Apalachee.
The Wildcats’ offensive line was exceptional, paving the way for 554 rushing yards. Apalachee had two players top the 200-yard rushing mark.
Leading the group was freshman star Stanley Williams, who needed only 15 carries to gain 262 yards and score a pair of touchdowns. He also had 73 yards in kick returns, giving him 335 all-purpose yards for the game. It could have been more staggering as he had a 98-yard kickoff return TD and a 65-yard TD run called back by penalties.
Senior Alex Camp also had a monster game, rushing 19 times for 225 yards and three scores.