By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
In a game full big plays and huge efforts, Alvin Kamara had the biggest play and the hugest effort.
The Norcross junior ran for 222 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns, including the 49-yard game winner late in the fourth quarter, as Norcross (5-0, 2-0) held off a game Mill Creek squad, 41-34.
With the game tied at 34 after a 24-yard touchdown run by Mill Creek’s Jacorey Lewis, Mill Creek got the ball right back when Patrick Waugh intercepted a pass that went through the hands of Norcross’ J.T. Tolbert near midfield. But on the first play from scrimmage, Lewis was stripped by Blue Devil linebacker J.S. Ezoua, giving Norcross the ball right back at the Mill Creek 49-yard line.
On the next play, Kamara took a toss down the right sideline, running through three arm tackles on his way to the end zone to put Norcross back on top.
Norcross appeared to have put the game away on Mill Creek’s next drive when Anthony Autry intercepted a pass by Mill Creek quarterback John Russ at the Norcross 49, with two minutes left to play.
But on the first play from scrimmage, instead of letting Kamara run out the clock, Norcross inexplicably tried to fool the Mill Creek defense with a bootleg, after faking the ball to Kamara. Quarterback Joseph
Wilber was sacked for a nine yard loss. But Kamara got the next three carries, covering 22 yards, to finally run out the clock.
It looked like Norcross would have an easy time early on as the Blue Devils scored the game’s first 20 points in less than eight minutes, with Kamara scoring touchdowns on runs of 42 and 66 yards.
Norcross 20 7 0 14 41
Mill Creek 7 6 14 7 34
N – Jason Croom 67 pass from Joseph Wilber (Chris Bingham kick)
N – Alvin Kamara 42 run (Bingham kick)
N – Kamara 66 run (kick blocked)
MC – Matthew Pursell 28 pass from John Russ (Collin Chiu kick)
N – Chris Whisby 71 run (Bingham kick)
MC – Russ 1 run (kick failed)
MC – Jacorey Lewis 10 run (Chiu kick)
MC – James Holder 5 pass from Russ (Chiu kick)
N – Dominique Mason 5 pass from Wilber (Bingham kick)
MC – Lewis 24 run (Chiu kick)
N – Kamara 49 run (Bingham kick)