Norcross defense shines in 55-0 win over Habersham

Norcross' Alvin Kamara

Norcross' Alvin Kamara

NORCROSS -- Habersham had not won a game in its first season in the state's largest football classification coming into a Region 7-AAAAAA matchup with Norcross on Friday night and the Blue Devils let them know very quickly that the Raiders' first win would not come on homecoming night in Norcross as the Blue Devils shut out the Raiders 55-0.

Norcross head coach Keith Maloof was happy with his team's performance after faltering in the second half last week and almost giving up a big lead to Mill Creek.

"It's what we needed to do. We needed to clean some things up after last week," Maloof said. We still have not played our best ball and we can continue to get better. We've got three pretty good physical teams coming up here and then we get a week off."The Blue Devils (6-0, 3-0 Region 7-AAAAAA) jumped on Habersham (0-6, 0-3 Region 7-AAAAAA early and often scoring on every possession in the first quarter and each scoring drive had its share of explosive plays and quick strikes.

Norcross went 75 yards on just four plays following the opening kickoff ending with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Wilber to Clinton Lynch. That was followed by a three-play 30-yard drive that saw Alvin Kamara score his first of three TDs in the game from five yards out. Following a Habersham punt the Blue Devils took over on their own 35 and on the first play Wilber hit Trey Smith who took it the distance for a 65-yard score.

The Norcross defense also had an outstanding night facing the triple option for the first time this year only allowing 18 yards of offense in the first half and just two first downs, one of which was on a personal foul penalty by the Blue Devils. Maloof was also impressed with the way his defense handled the triple option which they had not seen this year.

"I think it's good seeing a team with a little misdirection because we're going to see that down the road." Maloof said. "Hopefully we can just keep working at it and get better."

Myles Autry had a 76-yard punt return for a TD in the second quarter and Marcell Johnson and Miles Hunter had rushing scores of two and one yard respectively in the second half with a running clock. Kamara's night was over before halftime but he ended the game with 123 rushing yards on just 15 carries.

Wilber was also done with his work before the end of the second quarter but he completed all five of his pass attempts and had 122 yards through the air with two TDs. Norcross will take on Collins Hill next week.