Georgia’s 2013 High School Football season completed in the early morning hours this past Sunday Dec. 15th. When the final fourth quarter horn sounded at 12:21 A.M. the Norcross Blue Devils (13-2) repeated as Class 6A champions. They scored 31 unanswered points to defeat North Gwinnett (13-2) 31-14.
Myles Autry returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, caught a 69-yard touchdown pass and finished with 203 all-purpose yards for the state champions. Quarterback AJ Bush passed for 303 yards tossing two touchdowns on beautifully thrown balls and scored on the ground.
“Basically that kickoff return for a touchdown turned the game around for us. We were scrambling there on offense for a little bit and that turned the corner for us a little bit, the defense got feed off it and we just got better and better overall,” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said.
Norcross held North Gwinnett to their lowest scoring game this season and intercepted Hayden Spire four times. Jaquan Fraizer led Norcross in tackles with 11 plus a pick. Ridwan Issahakua-a second year transfer from woeful Meadowcreek, snagged two interceptions after being beaten for touchdowns by Nate Brown and Caleb Scott earlier.
“We knew we had to get physical…take away the underneath stuff, stay on top of the deep stuff,” Maloof said. We knew if they threw the ball deep we had to get in Hayden’s face. We didn’t get to him a whole lot…but we were still physical with their wideouts, we were able to take a way a lot of stuff that they like to do,”
Norcross is 28-2 the past two seasons with two state championships and shared this seasons region 7-6A crown with North Gwinnett and Collins Hill. Collins Hill was eliminated in the quarterfinals. In a three-way coin flip for playoff seeding it was Norcross, Collins Hill and North Gwinnett in that order. North Gwinnett, having to play on the road, became the first team in Georgia’s highest class to win four consecutive road playoffs games to make the state finals.
Nationally, Norcross is unranked in the latest media compilation poll and were second in receiving votes with 47. NationalHSFootball.com HSFB100 has them at No.16 while Max Preps Xcellent 25 has them at 23. They are the lone Georgia team in the USA Today Super 25 “The Next 25” at No.45
Creekside (15-0) is not ranked in the compilation poll either. The Seminoles are No. 24 in the NationalHSFootball.com HSFB100. North Gwinnett, Griffin, Colquitt County and Buford are in the top 50 of the HSFB100.