Norcross 24, Peachtree Ridge 20

By David Purdum / For the AJC

A.J. Bush capped a 14-play, 90-yard drive with a touchdown run with one minute left, rallying No. 6 Norcross past No. 10 Peachtree Ridge, 24-20, on Friday at the Blue Devils field.

Bush completed six passes on the drive, including a strike to Darian Dennis on 4th and 11, to lead the defending champions to their sixth straight win. Norcross (7-2, 6-1 Region 7-AAAAAA) kept its region title hopes alive with the win, despite being called for 16 penalties for 141 yards and committing four turnovers.

Chance Thrasher threw two touchdown passes, and Evan Pantels made a pair of field goals in the second half for Peachtree Ridge (6-2, 4-2 7-AAAAAA). Thrasher threw touchdowns to Myron Burton and Tyler Chandler, and Pantels connected of kicks of 21 and 42 yards in the second half for the Lions.

Peachtree Ridge had one last chance after Norcross took the lead, but Emmanuel Aka sacked Thrasher on fourth down to seal the win.

Somehow Norcross took a 17-14 lead into halftime, despite turning it over four times in the first two quarters. Josh Boyd had a 58-yard touchdown run to put Norcross ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.

DeAngelo Gibbs’ interception set up Peachtree Ridge’s first score, a 3-yard touchdown pass from Thrasher to Burton.

Peachtree Ridge capitalized on a muffed punt and a personal foul penalty on Norcross to take its first lead. Thrasher hit Campbell on a crossing route for a 9-yard touchdown that put the Lions ahead, 14-10, late in the second quarter.

Norcross answered with an 80-yard scoring drive to regain the lead before the half. The drive was highlighted by a 45-yard leaping reception by Clinton Lynch and capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bush to Myles Autry with 30 seconds left in the first half. Autry also had a big 15-yard reception on the winning drive.

Peachtree Ridge 0 14 3 3        — 20

Norcross 7 10 0 7       — 24

N Josh Boyd 58 run (Blake Bingham kick)

P – Myron Burton 3 pass from Chance Thrasher (Evan Pantels kick)

N – Bingham 22 field goal

P – Tyler Campbell 6 pass from Thrasher (Pantels kick)

N – Myles Autry 4 pass from A.J. Bush (Bingham kick)

P – Pantels 21 field goal

P – Pantels 43 field goal

N – Bush 6 run (Bingham kick)

2 comments Add your comment

Teddy Okiedawg

October 26th, 2013
10:29 am

Hey Fleetwood, you’re doing a great job! Keep your heads up and move foward!


October 26th, 2013
8:18 pm

Okiedawg, either you are: a Norcross fan, did not watch that game, know nothing about the game of football, or a close relative of Fleetwood or someone else on the coaching staff. That gameplan was atrocious and the coaches should be ashamed of themselves. The defense overcame their shortcomings and played OK, but the offense has regressed to the point of embarrasment. They are through 8 games so far this year and still basically run 1 (one!!!) running play–a dive up the middle to #1. That works against the Habershams and Mountain Views of the world but not against a decent defense in Norcross who, by the way, were calling out the dive and stacking the box every time PTR ran it. The run game bogs down and the passing game was nowhere to speak of. Park ball offenses have sweeps, pitches, off tackle plays, and ANY outside run to at least keep the D honest. PTR and their incompetent coaches? Nothing. Here you have one of the best backs in the state (Ellis #1) and you’re wasting him–As well as D-1 talent at receiver and elsewhere. So no, Fleetwood, and the rest of the PTR staff, you are NOT doing anywhere close to a good job, in this world or any other. Keep your heads up? More like get your behinds in gear, and put the immense talent you have been blessed with in position to make plays or you will be sitting somewhere looking silly after a premature first round exit.