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Norcross' Autry has breakout game in 35-14 win

Norcross' J.T. Tolbert (10) eventually gets taken down by Parkview's Kyle Williams (21) during the first quarter of Friday's game.

Norcross' J.T. Tolbert (10) eventually gets taken down by Parkview's Kyle Williams (21) during the first quarter of Friday's game.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Norcross' Joseph Wilber (7) gets taken down by Parkview's Kyle Williams (21) during the first quarter of Friday's game.

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Photo: Brian Kamer Norcross' Alvin Kamara (6) gets taken down by Parkview's Kyle Williams (21) after gaining yards in the second quarter of Friday's game.

LILBURN -- Anthony Autry didn't play much of a role for Norcross last year.

That will change this season.

Autry emerged as one of Norcross' playmakers on Friday night. The receiver/defensive back caught two touchdown passes, had an interception and a fumble recovery in Norcross' 35-14 win over Parkview.

"He's a great talent and he's come into his own," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said.

Autry played primarily on special teams and a little bit on offense last year. He credits a strong summer in the weight room for his early season standout performance.

The senior had touchdown catches of 46 and 40 yards on Friday and both scores were off turnovers created by Autry.

"I have to give it to my offensive line," Autry said. "They gave us time to throw it deep."

Norcross quarterback Joseph Wilber threw for 173 yards, including two scores and had a two-yard TD run. Running back Alvin Kamara quietly rushed for 121 yards on 18 carries with a two-yard TD.

Norcross' Jason Croom, a Tennessee commitment, made three catches for 38 yards and had a 76-yard TD called back for a penalty.

"If our offensive line continues to do what we're doing, offensively we can do some really good things this year," Maloof said.

Norcross (2-0) opened the game by scoring on its first three possessions. Tanner Maloof had a 44-yard touchdown run. Maloof also had eight tackles and one tackle for loss to lead the defense. Isaiah Hinsley and Lavonte Cranford each had five tackles and a tackle for loss and limited Parkview to just 82 yards rushing.

Autry recovered a Parkview fumble at midfield and then he caught a 46-yard pass from Wilber to put the Blue Devils ahead 14-0. Kamara had a six-yard TD run to end the first quarter.

"That first quarter was unbelievable," Maloof said. "We probably played our best within one quarter. If we can ever put four quarters together like that continuously against good football teams I think we've got a chance to do some things this year."

The 21-0 deficit finally woke up Parkview (0-2) and the Panthers responded with a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive. Patrick Flowe had a 21-yard run to set up Chris Carson's six-yard TD. Flowe also led the defense with eight tackles, while Kyle Williams had seven and Hunter Thornton made six.

Croom had a 76-yard TD catch that was called back for a penalty and Parkview responded with a long scoring drive. The series was helped by a muffed punt by Norcross that Shaq Vareen recovered. Flowe finished off the drive with a four-yard TD run to make it 21-14 with one minute left in the half.

Parkview threatened to tie the game in the third quarter, but Jack Esmonde was intercepted by Autry at the 20. Autry then caught his second TD, a 40-yard pass from Wilber to put Norcross ahead 28-14.

Esmonde was intercepted again by Shon Akins, who returned it to the two-yard line and Wilber scored to make it 35-14. Esmonde was 13 of 23 passing for 113 yards.

"I feel like our kids can go out and execute against anybody, we've just got to take care of the ball and make good decisions," Maloof said.