NORCROSS -- The Norcross Blue Devils continued their march to the state playoffs with a 48-21, Region 7-AAAAA victory over host Meadowcreek Friday night. Norcross raced to a 41-0 halftime lead and was never threatened despite the spirited play of the Mustangs in the second half.
"We did what we needed to do," Norcross coach Keith Maloof said of his Blue Devils, who moved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in region play.
Norcross returned the opening kickoff to its 31, and after a bubble screen moved the ball to midfield, Alvin Kamara swept around the right side and scored untouched from the 50. Chris Bingham's extra point was good and the Blue Devils were up 7-0 just 44 seconds into the contest.
After holding the Mustangs to a three-and-out, Norcross set out on its next scoring drive. Mixing the runs of Kamara and J.S. Ezoua and a pass completion from Joseph Wilber to Tyler Williams, the Blue Devils had a first and goal from the Mustangs 9. Kamara again swept around the right side and Bingham banged home the extra point to give Norcross a 14-0 lead.
Reserve quarterback Bo Swanson connected with Jason Croom on a curl route with 3:56 left in the opening quarter and the senior wide receiver turned to the inside and sprinted the remaining 28 yards of the 41-yard scoring play. Bingham's conversion pushed the lead to 21-0.
The second quarter was not much kinder to the Mustangs (0-8,0-5). Kamara scored his third touchdown of the night and third on a sweep to the right just as the second quarter started. With 3:57 left until halftime, Norcross' Curtis Whisby came in from the left side and blocked a Meadowcreek punt on the five, keeping stride, the senior had the ball bounce right up to him and he took it in for the touchdown. The extra point was no good, however, and the lead had increased to 34-0.
Norcross capped the first half scoring with 8.2 seconds left when Swanson connected with J.T. Tolbert on an out pattern in the right flat just over the goal line. The Blue Devils had taken care of business and held a 41-0 lead as Meadowcreek honored its seniors at halftime.
Partly to gain some experience and partly to protect their healthy bodies, Norcross relied on its reserves in the second half.
"Our JV had a good year and was 5-2, and we didn't want to get any one else hurt," Maloof said playing the entire second half with his underclassmen.
It was in this setting that Meadowcreek found its offense. Patrick Mills connected on a 35-yard scoirng pass with RayQuan Sam with 3:31 left in the third quarter. Ever Meajivar converted the extra point to assure the Mustangs they would not be shut out.
In the fourth quarter, Mills connected with Kaleb Ross for a touchdown and then after Norcross' Jordan Dooley scored on a 66-yard sweep to the right. Mills capped the scoring with a quarterback sneak of a yard.