Norcross Wins Region 7-6A, Camden County Cruises, ML King Wins As Does Lovejoy; All Remain Undefeated

The Norcross Blue Devils were looking to bring home their first outright region championship since 2006 when they went on the road again against a major opponent, this time to Peachtree Ridge.  It would not take the Blue Devils long to explode and jump back on the bus home with a 36-3 win to clinch the region title.

Norcross’ defense would yield 78 yards of offense to the Lions on their opening drive through 12 plays but on the 13th play Bryson Sellers would fumble and Kevin Mouton scooped it up and would have scored had he kept his feet, he didn’t and was down at the Norcross 29 yard line.

After that the fireworks began when Myles Autry broke free of two defenders and raced 67 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Norcross lead. From there the tone was set and the game was never in question. Joseph Wilbur would find Trey Smith on a 31-yard touchdown pass to cap a 4-play 56-yard drive for a 13-0 lead after a failed extra point attempt with 37 seconds left in the opening quarter (a personal foul penalty factored into this drive).

Peachtree Ridge (3-5; 3-3) would show they would fight answering back with another long drive going 12 plays and 83 yards only to end it with a 21-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau to cut the Norcross lead to ten, 13-3 with 6:45 left in the first half. The Blue Devils added a Joseph 1-yard touchdown run late in the half for a 19-3 halftime lead.

In the second half Norcross’ stud running back Alvin Kamara would finally get into the scoring act albeit via the air. Kamara would catch touchdown passes of 22 and 27 yards to stretch the Blue Devils lead to 33-3 with 8:41 remaining in the game. Kamara, who did not score a rushing touchdown for only the second time this season after leaving the Parkview game with an ankle injury,  finished the night with 16 carries and 86 yards on the ground and 4 receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns receiving.

Joseph Mahfood would tack on a 32-yard field goal with 2:35 left in the game for the final 36-3 margin . Myles Autry tallied 71 yards rushing on 4 carries while Wilbur was 12-17 248 yards 3TD passing for Norcross (9-0; 7-0).

Peachtree Ridge’s Jordan Ellis finished the night with 16 totes for 101 yards but never crossed the goal line.

Norcross now has a bye week before closing the regular season against the weakest region foe they’ll see this season in Meadowcreek (0-8; 0-6) on November 9th, after that, the first round its the Georgia 6A playoffs against the four-seed out of Region 6-6A.

North Gwinnett all but locked up the No.2 seed from region 7-6A with a 34-28 road win at Collins Hill.

The Camden County Wildcats improved to  8-0 overall and 6-0 in the region with a 42-8 win over region foe Brunswick (3-5; 0-4). Georgia commit Brice Ramsey threw for three touchdown hitting “Solid Sophomore” Antonio Wimbush on a 32-yarder in the second half on one of those, before the deep depth at Camden entered the ball game. J.J. Green (Georgia commit) scored on a 30-yard touchdown run, his 45th total TD as a Camden County Wildcat. Camden will now hit the road for a nationally televised game at region power Lowndes (9-0; 5-0) with a trip to Colquitt County (5-3; 2-2) to close the regular season.

ML King remained in sole possession of first place in Region 6-5A with a 49-28 win over region foe Stephenson (5-2; 5-2). ML King now leads the overall series against Stephenson 4-3 and prior to Friday’s outcome the last two games had been decided by a total of 3 points. ML King is now 8-0 overall 7-0 in the region. The Lions will suit up next week against Tucker (7-1; 6-1), who defeated Miller Grove (6-2; 5-2) 28-13, for a shot to stay in the driver’s seat in the region title race.

Lovejoy held a 37-6 lead at halftime against Region 2-6A foe Newton (3-5; 3-1). Georgia Tech commit Travis Custis scored multiple touchdowns in the 51-6 winning effort by the Lovejoy Wildcats (8-1; 5-0). The Wildcats are off this week before closing the regular season against Alcovy (3-5; 2-2) on November 9th. Lovejoy has outscored their opponents 333-40 during their current seven game winning streak since their loss at Colquitt County when they were held to a season low 7 points. During that span they have recorded three shutouts and have scored 50 or more points in four of those seven wins.

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