The Norcross bench, including head coach Keith Maloof, left, and Bryant Henderson (27) celebrate a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Friday's game against Mill Creek.
Mill Creek quarterback John Russ (7) gets sandwiched by Norcross defenders Isaiah Hinsley, left, and Kevin Mouhon (84) during the second half of Friday's game.
Norcross' Alvin Kamara (6) takes off for one of his two touchdowns in the first quarter of Friday's game against Mill Creek.
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HOSCHTON -- Norcross running back Alvin Kamara has shown flashes of brilliance this season.
On Friday, the junior had the best game of his career.
Kamara rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns in No. 9 Norcross' 41-34 victory over Mill Creek.
Kamara had touchdown runs of 42, 66 and 48 yards. His final score with 4:02 in the fourth quarter put Norcross ahead for good.
"He showed out tonight," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. "That's what he's capable of doing all the time."
The Norcross win makes the Blue Devils 5-0 for the second year in a row as it heads into its Oct. 7 Region 7-AAAAAA showdown with No. 7 North Gwinnett.
"It wasn't the way I planned, but it's a win," Maloof said. "In this region we'll take it."
Norcross had a 27-7 first-half lead, but Mill Creek battled back in the second half to tie the game. John Russ scored on a one-yard run at the end of the first half and then guided two long scoring drives in the third quarter.
Russ, who missed last week's game with a concussion, was 12 of 21 for 144 yards passing with two touchdowns and had 76 yards rushing with one score.
Russ took a pounding from the Norcross defense, getting sacked four times and taking numerous hits on passes. Jahmal Jones and Damir Shipman each had eight tackles for the Blue Devils.
"He stayed with it and kept them in the ball game," Maloof said.
Jacorey Lewis scored on an 11-yard run and then Alonzo Collins blocked a Norcross punt. Mill Creek couldn't do anything with the possession, but Myles Autry misfielded the punt. Hayden Smith, who also blocked a PAT and had five tackles, recovered at the five and that was the momentum swing the Hawks needed in the third quarter.
"We made some rookie mistakes out there," Maloof said.
James Holder, who started at quarterback last week for Russ, caught a five-yard pass to tie the game 27-all with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
Norcross took the lead again on Domonique Mason's 3-yard TD catch from Joseph Wilber, but Mill Creek tied it again on Jacorey Lewis' 25-yard TD run. Lewis finished with 97 yards rushing on 14 carries with two TDs.
"(Lewis) did a great job for them," Maloof said.
After Wilber threw an interception, J.S. Ezoua stripped Lewis to give Norcross the ball back. On the next play, Kamara ripped off a 48-yard run to put Norcross ahead for good. Wilber was 7 of 13 passing for 121 yards.
Mill Creek had one last chance to try and tie the game, but Russ was intercepted by Antony Autry to seal Norcross' win.
"I give Mill Creek a lot of credit, they stayed in there," Maloof said. "They made some adjustments and started playing really well on defense."
Mill Creek (3-2, 0-2 region) suffered a surprising 9-7 loss to Mountain View last week and the Hawks looked like they were doomed for a blowout against Norcross.
Norcross had four big scoring plays to jump out to a 27-7 lead.
The Blue Devils scored on their fourth play of the game when Tennessee commitment Jason Croom caught a 66-yard TD pass from Wilber. Croom had three catches for 95 yards in the game.
Kamara scored on touchdown runs of 42 and 66 yards. Mill Creek's Collins had a 76-yard kickoff return, but Mill Creek missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.
Russ was finally able to get the Mill Creek offense rolling with a 92-yard scoring drive. The senior had a 38-yard run to set up his 23-yard TD pass to Matt Pursell.
Curtis Whisby extended Norcross' lead with a 71-yard touchdown run with 4:14 left in the half to make it 27-7.