MT. AIRY — Habersham Central was in search of its first win on Friday night, but hosting powerful Norcross made that mission tough.
The Blue Devils, who have rebounded nicely after losses to Booker T. Washington (Fla.) and North Gwinnett, went on the road for a 49-3 victory over Habersham in Region 7-AAAAAA play.
Lorenzo Carter was his usual dominant self, leading the defense with nine tackles at the break and 11 for the game.
“We are just going one week at a time,” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. “Trying to keep improving. Lorenzo is the leader of this team and he is doing a great job of making plays and leading this defense.”
Juan Domingo scored the Raiders’ only points of the game with a 24-yard field goal to give Habersham Central (0-6, 0-4) a 3-0 lead with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter that capitalized on a Norcross fumbled snap.
The Blue Devils (4-2, 3-1) responded on a 10-yard Clinton Lynch sweep to put them on top 7-3 at the 2:54 mark of the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged solely to Norcross on its way to scoring 21 more points before the half.
Josh Boyd scored on a 22-yard breakaway run with 8:30 left in the quarter before scoring on a 2-yard run with 1:26 left before the half. He had 102 yards on the ground before the break.
A.J. Bush scored on an 8-yard quarterback keeper with 4:26 left in the quarter. Norcross held a 28-3 lead at the half.
Lynch scored his second touchdown of the game on a 55-yard pass from Bush with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter.
From there on, KaDarius Garrett took over at running back and scored twice himself. Boyd finished with two touchdowns and 133 yards on 10 carries.
Garrett scored on a 3-yard run with 1:12 left in the third quarter and again on a 2-yard run with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter.
“We started out slow at the beginning and the defense had their backs against the wall but they did a great job the rest of the game,” Maloof said.
Norcross had two early turnovers that allowed the Raiders to score the first points of the game and stay within reach at the half.
“Our offensive line did a great job tonight allowing space to run for Josh and giving A.J. time to make plays,” Maloof said.
NORCROSS 49, HABERSHAM 3
Norcross 7 21 14 7 — 49
Habersham Central 3 0 0 0 — 3
Habersham: Juan Domingo 24 FG, 5:30
Norcross: Clinton Lynch 10 run (Bingham kick) 2:54
Norcross: Josh Boyd 22 run (Bingham kick) 8:30
Norcross: A.J. Bush 8 run (Bingham kick) 4:26
Norcross: Boyd 2 run (Bingham kick) 1:26
Norcross: Lynch 55 pass from Bush (Bingham kick) 6:45
Norcross: KaDarius Garrett 3 run (Bingham kick) 1:12
Norcross: Garrett 2 run (Bingham kick) 5:29