NORCROSS -- Norcross came in to Friday's game against Mountain View ranked No. 3 in the state and the Blue Devils showed they are worthy of such lofty praise by defeating Mountain View 48-6. The Blue Devils' defense allowed just 26 yards of offense and one first down the entire first half.
"We did a great job against an offense that's really been moving the ball on some people," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. "I am really proud of our defensive players and staff."
Running back Alvin Kamara opened the scoring for Norcross (8-0, 6-0) with a tough 25-yard touchdown run just three minutes into the ball game to give his team a 7-0 lead. After forcing a three and out, the Blue Devils again scored on the ground as Myles Autry took it in from two yards out.
Then on the ensuing Mountain View possesion, the Norcross defense again came up with a stop as it intercepted Chris Bartlett at the Mountain View 32. After a false start pushed the ball to the 37, Norcross needed just one play to score as quarterback Joseph Wilber hit wide receiver Clinton Lynch up the seam for a 37-yard touchdown strike. With still more than two minutes before the end of the first quarter it was clear the rout was on as Norcross led 21-0.
"They are one of the best teams in the state I think," Mountain View head coach Doug Giacone said. "We were very impressed with what we saw on film of them and they certainly lived up to the hype."
The Blue Devils' rushing attack was simply too much for a Bears team that is forced to play a lot of underclassmen due to injury. Kamara finished the game with 150 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. Autry had a huge game for the Blue Devils as he finished with 25 yards on five carries and two touchdowns, caught a 37-yard touchdown, and returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown.
Wilber was not required to throw the ball a lot in this game but was still very effective finishing 4 of 7 for 128 yards and three touchdowns. The Blue Devils also had a couple of dropped passes that could have gone for touchdowns. Norcross scored on each of its first six possessions.
Running back Marvin Elam was a bright spot for the Bears offense as he continued to run hard all night and finished with 44 yards on 21 carries and scored a third-quarter touchdown. Bartlett led Mountain View with 49 yards rushing.
The one blemish for Norcross on the night was penalties as it committed seven for 71 yards.
"We are still getting too many penalties. In a big game that is going to come back to hurt us," Maloof said.