Norcross’ Myles Autry (5) delivers a stiff arm to Parkview’s John Patterson (6) during high school football action in Lilburn Friday. Norcross defeated Parkview 21-7. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
LILBURN — As Norcross walked off the field on Friday, each player carried a smile from ear to ear.
It was quite a different scene from two weeks ago when the defending state champions lost their season opener.
Norcross running back Josh Boyd rushed for two touchdowns as No. 8 Norcross defeated Parkview 21-7. It was the Blue Devils’ sixth-straight win over the Panthers.
“It was a lot different feeling,” Boyd said with a big smile. “We had a bad taste in our mouth and never want to feel that again.”
It was a nice turnaround after Norcross’ Aug. 24 game when it was defeated 55-0 by Florida’s Booker T. Washington, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, on ESPN.
“We’ve still got some areas to fix things,” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. “I was proud of how we controlled the game.”
The Blue Devils (1-1) controlled the tempo of the game thanks to Boyd’s 116 yards rushing on 14 carries and two scores.
Quarterback A.J. Bush was 11 of 18 for 152 yards, while Myles Autry had 30 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving.
“Between (Boyd), Myles and A.J. getting better as the game went on,” Maloof said. “As he goes, so does the team.”
Parkview (0-2) began the second quarter with a 46-yard field goal attempt by Eric Autry that had the distance, but was to the right. Norcross came back with a 71-yard drive until Autry fumbled and Jeremy Lacey was there to recover the ball. It was Autry’s third fumble in two games.
Stephen Moye had eight tackles for Parkview, while Vanderbilt commitment Bryce Lewis and Nick Lawson had seven stops each.
“I knew Parkview had a great defense,” said Boyd, who transferred from South Gwinnett. “I wasn’t surprised. I knew they hit hard and run fast.”
Autry, a major Division I college prospect, made up for the fumble with a 23-yard punt return. Bush threw a 17-yard pass to Chris Herndon and then an 11-yard pass to Clinton Lynch. That set up Boyd’s 13-yard touchdown run to give Norcross a 7-0 lead with 1:19 in the half.
“We were close a couple of times and couldn’t punch it in,” Maloof said. Herndon, a Miami commitment, had four catches for 68 yards and Lynch had four for 62 yards with a score.
Parkview quarterback Jack Chambers threw two fourth-quarter interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in last week’s 28-14 loss to Peachtree Ridge. The sophomore didn’t throw a pass in the first half of Friday’s game and was 3 of 5 for 46 yards and one touchdown on the night. “I knew they would limit him in what he would do,” Maloof said.
Justis Rosser got most of the work on offense, carrying the ball 16 times for 79 yards. Bush had a 16-yard pass to Herndon and then lofted a nice 34-yard pass to Lynch in the end zone to put Norcross up 14-0 with 2:56 left in the quarter.
On Norcross’ next possession, Boyd went 27 yards for a touchdown to put the Blue Devils ahead 21-0 in the fourth quarter.
“That second touchdown just sealed it,” Boyd said. Chambers led Parkview’s only scoring drive with 3:13 left in the game, throwing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Lacey.
Tennessee commitment Kevin Mouhon had 10 tackles for Norcross. Ridwan Issahaku had eight tackles and Jaquan Frazier made six, including two tackles for loss.
“We are still a work in progress,” Maloof said.
NORCROSS 21, PARKVIEW 7
Norcross 0 7 7 7 — 21
Parkview 0 0 0 7 — 7
Norcross: Josh Boyd 13 run (Blake Bingham kick) 1:19
Norcross: Clinton Lynch 34 pass from A.J. Bush (Bingham kick) 2:56
Norcross: Boyd 34 run (Bingham kick) 9:20
Parkview: Jeremy Lacey 27 pass from Jack Chambers (Eric Autry kick) 3:13
Norcross ... Parkview
First downs 14 6
Rushes-yards 33-177 37-127
Comp-Att-yards 11-18-0 3-5-0
Passing yards 152 46
Penalties-yards 9-55 3-25
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
RUSHING — Norcross: Josh Boyd 14-116; Myles Autry 10-30; A.J. Bush 7-29; KaDarius Garrett 2-2. Parkview: Justis Rosser 16-79; Brandon Sullivan 5-10; Richard Walker 11-16; Jack Chambers 2-0; Jeremy Lacey 2-19; Turshard Kimble-Brinson 1-3.
PASSING — Norcross: Bush 11-18-10, 152. Parkview: Jack Chambers 3-5-0, 46.
RECEIVING — Norcross: Chris Herndon 4-68; Clinton Lynch 4-62; Autry 2-27; Boyd 1-(-5). Parkview: Brandon Sullivan 1-5; Johnathan Boyd 1-14; Jeremy Lacey 1-27.