Booker T. Washington (Fla.) 55, Norcross 0

NORCROSS – It was a game that was supposed to feature two of the nation’s best. Instead, it featured a running clock.

In a game televised by ESPN, the Norcross Blue Devils were stunned by the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes of Miami, 55-0, on Saturday night. The Tornadoes – No. 1 in the USA Today national rankings – stayed in control from the beginning over the Blue Devils, who are ranked No. 6 by USA Today.

The game quickly got out of hand during a five-minute, 34-second span in the first half where the Tornadoes scored 20 points on three Norcross turnovers to build a 27-0 lead. It only got worse for the Blue Devils in the second half, when they opened with three consecutive three-and-outs while Washington piled on 28 more points.

The fourth quarter was ushered by a running clock.

“Everything that happened can be fixed,” Blue Devils coach Keith Maloof said. “It’s not that they were that much better than us physically, they just made the plays and we didn’t.”

The Blue Devils defense – led by AJC Super 11 defensive end Lorenzo Carter – couldn’t come up with an answer for Tornadoes quarterback Treon Harris, who was 23 of 28 passing for 287 yards and five touchdowns, adding another 64 yards rushing on 10 carries. Harris hit receivers Lamar Parker, Deltron Hopkins, Terrawn McPhee (two touchdown receptions) and others on mostly short routes, and the Tornadoes used their speed to extend the plays.

Harris – who’s being courted by Florida State among other schools – would also sit in the pocket, drawing the defense in before scrambling and hitting his target at the last possible moment.

“That was the offseason workout,” said Harris, “sitting in the pocket more time, reading the keys to the defense. I worked very hard all summer on that.”

Norcross never got its offense going. Its seven drives through three quarters resulted in 33 plays for 49 yards. The Blue Devils’ most efficient drive – late in the second half – was 13 plays for 54 yards, but sputtered into a turnover on downs.

Washington finished with 374 yards total offense to Norcross’ 125. The Blue Devils had four turnovers leading to 27 Washington points while the Tornadoes had no turnovers.

Washington will head back to Miami, where it faces another USA Today-ranked team, Miami Central (No. 7). Norcross, which was the state’s Class AAAAAA No. 1 in the GHSF Daily poll, will look to get back on track against Parkview. Both the Tornadoes and Blue Devils enjoy a bye next week before taking the field Sept. 6.

“I feel like this was a reality check for us,” Carter said. “After our 15-0 season last year, a lot of players came back thinking we were immortal, almost. And this just brought us back down to earth and let us know we can be beat.”

Booker T. Washington 7 20 28 0 – 55

Norcross 0 0 0 0 – 0

W – Krondis Larry 5 pass from Treon Harris (Jose Borregales kick)

W- Lamar Parker 22 pass from Harris (Borregales kick)

W- Andrew Duncombe 15 fumble return (Borregales kick)

W – Mark Walton 13 run (kick failed)

W – Terrawn McPhee 18 pass from Harris (Borregales kick)

W – McPhee 14 pass from Harris (Borregales kick)

W – Vaquan Smalls 26 pass from Harris (Borregales kick)

W – La’Darius Crump 15 blocked punt return (Borregales kick)

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121 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
10:17 pm

I, really don’t know what to say. Oh yeah, Region 2 and 3 said hello.

Chill Dude

August 24th, 2013
10:23 pm

It was one game. A really bad one for Norcross, but just one game. Norcross still can and will beat most teams and will be in the playoffs. Unless your team is BTW Miami, you will need to work hard to beat Norcross.

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
10:32 pm

They are not what they were. No where near.

Football fanatic

August 24th, 2013
10:34 pm

Norcross got totally manhandled and looked scared. Their QB was a dud and they were a turnover machine. I did not expect this. Much blame has to be put on the coach for not getting them prepared. The good thing is that they will not face this team again for the rest of this season.

Plowboy-Viking

August 24th, 2013
10:41 pm

@Chilldude …….. Norcross did not play team ball, bet that QB wishes he would’ve stayed at Milton!! 66 seniors , Myles Autrey , Lorenzo Carter……blah, blah, blah! Team Ball wins games!! Best Team Wins!!

CEM

August 24th, 2013
10:41 pm

I said this briefly in other places but here is where it’s most appropriate: The Norcross coaching staff did not have their kids ready to play, and didn’t appear to implement any kind of game plan, especially on defense. Their fundamentals were horrible as well. Norcross didn’t make any effort to mix up their looks on the defensive side, needed but didn’t appear to have anyone shadowing Washington’s QB all night, hardly ever blitzed, and did absolutely nothing to make it difficult mentally for the Washington offense. It was much the same on the other side of the ball … nothing to keep the Tornado defense honest, nothing in the flats, nothing inventive, and barely a hundred yards on the night. And to make matters worse, Norcross almost looked disinterested from the very beginning. When you play uninspired, lack basic fundamentals and have no answers for what the opposition is doing, what you have is a failure of the coaching staff from top to bottom.

Plowboy-Viking

August 24th, 2013
10:43 pm

Sportsnut ….last yr Norcross had an advantage with Kamara because he was 2-4 yrs older than his opponents

GwinnettDad

August 24th, 2013
10:51 pm

Stunned. Shocked. Wow! Was at Corky Kell, so I didn’t see it.

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
10:52 pm

@ Plowboy-Viking == That may or may not be true but he was their everything. According to the above article, they had maybe 103 yards of offense. This was not a big defense they faced. BTW dominated the trenches. That left tackle made the coach put Lorenzo on the other side. That did not help. If they can’t get it fixed soon, it will cost in one way or another later. Now, there are psychological problems. 55-0, at home, on National TV.

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
10:54 pm

@ GwinnettDad == I’m not sure you wanted to.

Camden74

August 24th, 2013
11:05 pm

The worst thing about the game was the fact that Norcross quit! I could not believe what I was seeing. Especially after watching them last season. I believe they took this game lightly and weren’t well prepared. :-)

itsonlywrite

August 24th, 2013
11:08 pm

where is that crazy Norcross fan that post on here?!!! lol Smh man…

#ELEPHANTNATION

Ryan

August 24th, 2013
11:09 pm

Sorry Norcross fans but the best football is played in Miami-Dade County and Booker T showed that. I don’t think Norcross would’ve have been the #6 team in Miami let alone the nation.

HS Football Fan

August 24th, 2013
11:09 pm

Milton is happy QB went to Norcross…..good luck with him!!

Camden74

August 24th, 2013
11:11 pm

Sportsnut……Did you play HS Football? If you did, what’s the worst loss your team experienced? :-)

FarTrain

August 24th, 2013
11:14 pm

Wow, that’s just embarrassing. Norcross was named #1 by guess who? Yeh, we all know, don’t we!

57Cat

August 24th, 2013
11:14 pm

It must be the curse of being pre-season #1 ranked in State and thinking national title. Grayson can relate to that. I think Camden was pre-season #1 and lost their first game, but did go on to run the table after that and repeat as state champs. (If I’m wrong about, Camden74 will straighten me out.)

Old Man Peabody

August 24th, 2013
11:15 pm

Man, reading this blog the last 2 weeks, you guys made me feel like Norcross was going to play that BTW team form 2008, that lost its starting QB the week before and also didn’t have Coach Ice because he left to go coach at UM. Northside was the better team that yr, but this BTW team had a 3-yr starter at QB(FSU) 2 D-1 WRs, one committed to UM, 2 DEs committed to UM, and a midget LT that manhandle a 5***** DE that needs to get in the weight room. When teams from Miami have a good QB, they usually put on a Air Show, especially when a team run a zone defense.

yo

August 24th, 2013
11:16 pm

Ryan just glad to see BTW finally managed to beat a Georgia team. Thought it would never happen.

Camden74

August 24th, 2013
11:18 pm

Ryan…….BTW just happened to play a good team on a bad night for that good team. Camden beat the best Miami had and did not win the Georgia State Title that year. Grayson, NSWR, Valdosta and others, kicked some of your better teams to the curb the same way. So give it a rest with that Miami-Dade stuff. :-)

Camden74

August 24th, 2013
11:22 pm

57Cat……If you’re wrong, you will self correct. Therefore, I won’t have to…….. :-)

J Duncan

August 24th, 2013
11:22 pm

“It’s not that they were that much better than us physically, they just made the plays and we didn’t.”???? Ya, they did just make the plays. Every single one of them. What a dumb statement!

Hubie Green

August 24th, 2013
11:24 pm

Getting beat by 55 points on your home field and have a running clock as the defending AAAAAA champs is downright embarrassing. But one thing the Norcross football folks learned is that when you play somebody out of the neighborhood, you better come ready. Transfers or no transfers.

Ryan

August 24th, 2013
11:31 pm

When Grayson Played Central, Central didn’t have their personnel issues together. When they switched their stud running back to qb they ran the table but unfortunately the coach didn’t come to that realization until after the Grayson Game. Arguably Booker T was probably better than them that year as well. Back in 2008 when you played Booker T they just came off a state championship season where they lost tons of seniors and wasn’t the best team in Miami that year. I like the best team in Miami to crush the best in Georgia anytime

DaculaAlum

August 25th, 2013
12:02 am

I just hate the fact Gwinnett football (Best in the Football Rich state of GA) didnt show nation what its all about. Hopefully this makes team more hungry and can help going forward in preperation for season ahead.

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DaculaAlum

August 25th, 2013
12:19 am

I played for Maloof and Farr while they did time at Dacula in 90’s. Great coaches and more importantly role models. Man practice is gonna stink for The Blue Devils come Monday yikes. Hell to Pay

Zone3canE

August 25th, 2013
12:21 am

Miami-Dade football is what Atlanta-Fulton football should look like. The difference is Miami-Dade breeds, and develops its players and you get your B.T. Washington, Central, Carol City and Miami NW for 4 years of high school. Atlanta-Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton breed and develop the talent, and by 11th grade or 12th grade the 5 star talent mysteriously ends up in Gwinnett. Truth! Coach Ice Harris is a great leader of men, congrats to BTW! Overtown STAND UP!

speedy

August 25th, 2013
12:22 am

that offense tackklee man hanled lorzno carter

The Cross

August 25th, 2013
1:08 am

Yo yal need to chill. These kids are getting bashed around the whole country. They are sleeping tonight feeling terrible about everything that just happened. Actin like yal never got yals butt whooped. Are you 17 and feeling humiliated???

The Cross

August 25th, 2013
1:12 am

I back my team up no matter what. It’s my job

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August 25th, 2013
1:12 am

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UgaGolfer

August 25th, 2013
1:15 am

Seen a lot of football in my time (since 1971). BTW would beat Norcross easily if they played twelve games (I was there). Ludicrous to think that Norcross just “had a bad game.” Not a fan of Maloof due to his anti-UGA leanings, so I’ll refrain from criticizing him personally (although many coaches around the area, the State and the South over the years are better). I don’t see Norcross winning all of their remaining games, and also agree that Carter will have to spend a LOT of time bulking up when he hits the college of his choice. He looks like more of a hoops player to me.

UgaGolfer

August 25th, 2013
1:17 am

P.S. Florida absolutely has more blue chip players than Georgia regardless of who beat who. It’s simple arithmetic…they have millions more in population.

WnE

August 25th, 2013
1:30 am

Lorenzo Carter better watch out, if Nick Saban gets a couple of more games like this on film , he’ll find himself on the receiving end of a “non-commitable offer” from Bama.

WnE

August 25th, 2013
1:53 am

re:
UgaGolfer

August 25th, 2013
1:15 am

Seen a lot of football in my time (since 1971). BTW would beat Norcross easily if they played twelve games (I was there). Ludicrous to think that Norcross just “had a bad game.” Not a fan of Maloof due to his anti-UGA leanings, so I’ll refrain from criticizing him personally (although many coaches around the area, the State and the South over the years are better). I don’t see Norcross winning all of their remaining games, and also agree that Carter will have to spend a LOT of time bulking up when he hits the college of his choice. He looks like more of a hoops player to me.
====================

Cater is built like Leonard Floyd on this year’s roster he’s likely to play OLB and has similar speed as Floyd, if not better.

He might look thin but he’s 6-5 235-ish, but he’s lean and muscular like Floyd.

FBFan

August 25th, 2013
2:09 am

I would strongly suggest that Gwinnett teams (and any of the large football program) drop the idea of everybody makes the team if they can fundraise or pay the extremely high player fee. This was truly a team build top to bottom on kids that were obviously hungry, extremely talented, well coached, and filled with players who had to make the team! Just a recommendation, I would definitely be in favor of kids having to try out and make the team! It would make them more competitve and the coaches would more time to focus attention on players who actually can make a difference rather than player who can dominate lesser quality players who shouldn’t even be on the field and get over rated! Hats off the BTW teams, coaches and fans!

rwdekalb

August 25th, 2013
2:24 am

A disappointing loss for Norcross but a reality check at the same time. Its going to be a hard road to the dome for them this year. They should bounce back and play some very good games along the way and make the playoffs. But unfortunately rarely does a true contender for the title with no major injuries to key players not show up to play in a big game. A lot of work to be done at Norcross and hopefully this humbling beatdown will serve as motivation and like I said earlier a reality check for where they really are as a team.

Original ATLien

August 25th, 2013
2:55 am

Doubt a DeKalb team like Tucker, MLK, or Stephenson would have played as poorly as Norcross. ESPN should have switched to bowling by halftime.

HS FOOTBALL FAN

August 25th, 2013
4:49 am

After watching last night’s game, The saying “speed’ kills was proven to the max. Norcross will have a good team this year. Anytime you bring in a new QB, it takes time for the timeing to get there. This was the 1st time these kids participated in a game of value. I think we forget, the DE for Norcross, is ranked as high as he is on potential if anything else. With time, he will be a forced to reckon with. The coaches at Norcross, will get the techniques down, In college he will grown physically.

HS FOOTBALL FAN

August 25th, 2013
5:20 am

Miami BTW Team is usually what you expect from teams out of Dade county. well-coached, tough, and fast. I spent 11 years in South Florida coaching in SFYFLA… great Youth Programs down there. I did notice something interesting BTW is Florida 4A class, enrollment 1,050. Norcross Georgia 6A, enrollment 3,00 +. Florida does have 5A as well as 6A classes.

Nick Saban

August 25th, 2013
5:43 am

Can you say: OVER RATED LOL

Sportsnut

August 25th, 2013
5:55 am

@ 74 == Losing 20-6 to Shamrock our senior season. My hood went to 4 schools. Clarkston, Shamrock Druid Hills and Avondale. You were always playing someone from the neighborhood. We were not that good but better than Shamrock, we thought. Hard to go the Rec. Center after that.

WOW

August 25th, 2013
6:03 am

What Game was the coach from Norcross coaching. He said Booker T. Washington was not that much better than them. They kick there butts all game, which Norcross football team had no answer to it. Wow, just accept you got your butts kicked and your team was overrated.

Ernest

August 25th, 2013
6:27 am

While watching the games on TV, I wondered whether the FL teams are that good or if the GA teams are overrated. The #6 team in the Nation should play a more competitive game against the #1 team.

Original ATLien, we will find out how well the DeKalb teams do next Friday against FL teams. From the DeKalb football webpage:

“State pride is on the line in a high school football doubleheader as DeKalb County Schools’ James R. Hallford Stadium plays host to the Chick-Fil-A Battle of the Borders Showdown on Saturday, August 31.

The Battle of Borders Showdown features two of DeKalb County’s and Georgia’s most respected football programs in the Martin Luther King Jr. Lions and Stephenson Jaguars against two of Florida’s highly touted programs in Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach) and Norland (Miami Gardens).

The state pride matchups begin at 5:15 p.m. as the Lions take on the Blanche Ely Mighty Tigers in the opener.”

Joe Willy

August 25th, 2013
6:31 am

Last night, Booker T laThe best high school team I have ever seen! I was at the game: balance on offense and defense along with speed at every position. I watched Carter get totally dominated by #53, the offensive lineman from Booker T. It was a one on one battle that was lopsided all night. The Miami players played with better technique and desire on every play until the final whistle blew. They “finished the drill” while the Norcross players bickered among themselves on the sidelines and the coaches were stunned. Just an old fashioned “ass whipping”.

MOG

August 25th, 2013
6:35 am

The best entertainment of the second half was listening to ESPN trying to validate their “shorts and tee shirts” camp rankings of players while the nation watched an unranked player manhandle Lorenzo Carter.

WeatherAlert

August 25th, 2013
7:16 am

That was a joke. Do the right thing and play GA rural community teams. It makes you like “fierce”. Yo!

Smitty

August 25th, 2013
7:23 am

can anyone say SMACK DOWN?

LakeDawg

August 25th, 2013
7:23 am

A few observations. Lorenzo Carter got dominated. He’s no Clowney….BTW WAS superior physically, no matter what coach Maloof says…BTW was much better prepared/coached than Norcross….and most disturbing of all if you’re a Norcross fan, Norcross QUIT.