Norcross 28 Lowndes 7

By Robert Haddocks

The Norcross defense turned in yet another dominant performance as the Blue Devils rolled past Lowndes, 28-7, to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.

The Blue Devils took advantage of five Vikings’ turnovers while holding their vaunted running attack to 91 yards. Norcross, 11-2, is one game away from the chance to defend its Class AAAAAA championship. “If we keep playing like this, no one can get in our way but ourselves” said defensive end Lorenzo Carter, the state’s No. 1 prospect. The Blue Devils will host Colquitt County on Friday.

Norcross, which has held all three of its playoff opponents under 10 points, is playing some of their best football at the right time, coach Keith Maloof said. They’ve limited teams to single digits in seven of their last nine games. “They’ve been great all year, but they’ve really hunkered down and are playing how they know how to play. If we take advantage of other people’s mistakes like we did tonight we’re in good shape.”

Jordan Noil and Jaquan Frazier had interceptions for the Blue Devils and Lorenzo Carter recovered a fumble. Already up 14-0, Norcross forced a fumble on the Vikings’ second play of third quarter. Six plays later, A.J. Bush scrambled 17 yards and dove into the end zone for a 21-0 lead. Bush later threw a 30-yard touchdown toss to Maaseiah Francis to expand the lead to 28-0 as Norcross notched its 10th straight victory.

Carter said Maloof preached “discipline and sacrifice” all week and everybody bought in. “This is the time of the year that you want to be getting better and I think we’re doing that,” said Carter, who tangled with Dyshon Sims, the state’s top offensive lineman who is headed to Georgia.

Norcross dominated from the start and took a 14-0 lead into halftime. The Vikings (9-4), who were coming off of a 300-yard rushing performance in their win over Lovejoy, were held to 38 rushing yards in the half.  Norcross hadn’t faced a Wing-T all season, but the tricky misdirection offense never fooled the Blue Devils.  The Blue Devils repeatedly stood up and pushed back the Vikings, who managed three first downs in the half, one via penalty.

The Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when tight end Marques Solomon uncovered in the end zone and caught an 11-yard pass from A.J. Boyd. After an interception and 50-yard return by Jordan Noil, Josh Boyd padded the Norcross lead with a 10-yard touchdown run with six minutes left in the half. Boyd finished with a game-high 65 yards on 20 carries.

Lowndes, the five-time state champions, have been ousted from the playoffs four of the last six seasons by a Gwinnett team.

NORCROSS – 7 – 7 – 14 – 0 – 28

LOWNDES – 0 – 0 – 7 –  0 – 7

N – Marques Solomon 11 pass from A.J. Bush (Blake Bingham kick)

N – Josh Boyd 10 run (Bingham kick)

N – A.J. Bush 17 run (Bingham kick) j

N – Maaseiah Francis 30 pass from Bush (Bingham kick)

L – Malik Roberts 62 pass from Austin Dixon (Nick Hart kick)

93 comments Add your comment

Cool_Coach1

November 29th, 2013
11:34 pm

Battleaxekid and Bksmith14 nice commentary all last week… but I told you the pads would do the talking…and they did! #59 #61 are outstanding players but your archaic offense sealed your demise! A one dimensional team will not beat Norcross’ defense….safe travels back to the concrete palace.

WolfDawg

November 29th, 2013
11:53 pm

Norcross might be playing the BEST D in the state…

(Well, aside from Buford.. lol)

Great job Blue Devils!!!

RobFromNorcross

November 30th, 2013
12:18 am

Lowndes has an excellent Defense as well. Good game Lowndes!

Next up Colquitt County!

Paladin Death Dealer

November 30th, 2013
12:32 am

Let’s hurry up and get this season over with so we can go recruit some more D-1 players. We’ve already made a list of players we’re going to target. Since we are in the playoffs and the recruits are not, we might bring them in for an official visit. We have scholarships available for those who can play and help us win ball games. It doesn’t matter if you live in our attendance zone or not, as Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders said, “just win, baby.”

WILDCAT FOR LIFE

November 30th, 2013
1:42 am

Colquitt County will beat Norcross by atleast 21pts. Norcross is way overrated, even with all the transfers and D1 players!!!

Observer

November 30th, 2013
2:47 am

@Cool_Coach1 – How long are you going to let #5 stay back there and fumble punts….?

Tommydawg22

November 30th, 2013
4:22 am

Sounds like somebody is already stirring the pot

stooge

November 30th, 2013
7:19 am

@Rob-Thanks for the Quixscore of the game last night if that was you. I was juggling several at one time.

Username

November 30th, 2013
7:53 am

@WILDCAT FOR LIFE – Not sure about 21 pts. but you are correct.
Norcross just doesn’t have the talent to match up against CC.
Most common sense folks that have no stake in any of the playoff teams know how this ends… North Gwinnett and Colquitt County playing for the title… And it’s gonna be fun to watch!

Big Blue Dude

November 30th, 2013
8:13 am

Norcross didn’t impress me at all. Guess I’m too use to seeing the South Georgia style of good teams. Colquitt shouldn’t have any trouble with this team.

Cool_Coach1

November 30th, 2013
8:23 am

I don’t recall any MILDCATS or Winged T teams remaining so their opinions don’t matter…. We would appreciate it if you pay your local cable provider and watch us from the comfort of your couch!

@Observer it’s funny you mention that ….he’s one of my former players and we had an extended conversation regarding the importance of field position at this stage…..and also being smart about taking risks. Just a teenage kid eager to help his team…I told him fair catches are like singles in baseball …you don’t half to hit a “home run” every time to help your team win! I think going forward we should see a marked improvement….good “observation”

Cool_Coach1

November 30th, 2013
8:39 am

Last year we beat Colquitt down in the hawg pen in a scrimmage and were told it did matter…so we beat them in the semis when it did.

This year we beat them in the scrimmage and they understand we are not intimidated by them as some of their region1 counterparts. I know those scrimmages are like test driving a car…at the time no one really knows what they have…..what this team has now is a quiet confidence! That confidence comes from playing quality opponents for the “majority” of their schedule. We respect Colquitt but do not fear them by any means!

Username

November 30th, 2013
8:43 am

@Cool_Coach1 – Uh, I wouldn’t be so quick to call the Wing-T archaic…
We have a team up here where I live that execute it to perfection. The challenge Lowndes had was their inability to pass off of it (that’s a key piece to its success).
Looked to me like Lowndes runs more of the fullhouse T instead of Delaware style…

Cool_Coach1

November 30th, 2013
8:50 am

Lot of talk about the “South Georgia style” of football ….I’ve had the opportunity to see both Colquitt and Lowndes in person…..Colquitt has a much better offense than Lowndes but both of their defenses are hard hitting. Colquitt’s offense puts stress on a defense with the ability to spread the field. However this Norcross defense is hard hitting and opportunistic ask Etowah Brookwood and Lowndes what happens when you don’t take care of the ball.

Sammy

November 30th, 2013
9:02 am

The Delaware version of the the T may be the best offense that there is in my opinion. But Username is correct in saying that you have to throw the ball with waggles, boots and straight up play-action. You can’t just run the ball all of the time. When you play lessor competition you have to work on the passing game so that you’re ready to throw when you play better teams.

Sammy

November 30th, 2013
9:06 am

The last time I really watched Lowndes in 2010 they were mostly power-G out of the wing-T, very little passing and counter game. You have to use the whole offense.

Cool_Coach1

November 30th, 2013
9:11 am

@Username in a game as crucial as the state quarter finals it was a liability last night. Lowndes had more success passing than running last night. By formation they were hamstrung in their ability to stress the defense …whether it be Delaware, Single or Double Wing once you get behind…your doomed!

Cool_Coach1

November 30th, 2013
9:16 am

@ Sammy I agree with your analysis ….however when throwing the ball is not what you do well and your forced to do that its problematic. Norcross played gap sound defense and forced Lowndes in to 3rd and long situations (8 yards or more) that dictated that they would have to throw. After the muffed punt they should have danced with the girl that brought them IMO.

Username

November 30th, 2013
9:27 am

@Cool_Coach1 – Hmm, I’m gonna have to watch that game again, cuz I saw it differently. Perhaps I should limit my games to one and not three.
Had NG/Hillgrove on my 50″ with Lowndes and Creekside on separate 32″ screens. :-)

Rufus S. DeMann

November 30th, 2013
9:29 am

@Cool_Coach1 – Sir, whoever told ya that the scrimmages didn’t matter….told ya the GOSPEL. However; your victory in the semis last year…mattered a lot. A WHOLE lot. You say that yor guys ain’t afraid of Colquitt…well, I’d be willing to bet…the reverse is true as well. We do love playing good teams. Friday night should be special.

Rush said early this morning…

“Rufus, I never liked the Blue Devils. NEVER !!!!

Boy…are me and him on the same page….

(Smile)….

Rufus>>

Monroe Area stunkers

November 30th, 2013
9:35 am

Cool_Coach1. UB talking like u no sometum. Who u be coaching for like dem big city chickies!!?? Norcross be pretty like Marist be pretty but will get devastated by some hosses!

Southern GA Pride

November 30th, 2013
11:07 am

Now this is what I’m talking about, two great teams. I think the Packers are the most complete team in the state. The Packers have rally blossomed under this new Def. Coordinator. This is not the same team that lost scrimmages and a playoff game to Snorecross last year. Bigger, Faster, and Experienced having played the toughest “slate in the state”. Should be a great matchup but don’t worry Lowndes, we got your back. Maybe we can learn something from the 55 points that got dropped on y’all earlier in the season. Packers – 38 Snorecross – 17

Packer Dad

November 30th, 2013
1:32 pm

Year after year Norcross is an expected rival and antcipate a good game for our Packers. The Pack are having allot of fun in football and step up in every level, with every opponent. We come to see great football and winners of both teams at this point. We appreciated the great host this year and wish teams like Norcross and North Gwinnett were closer to the South. The boys look foward to playing good teams. See yall on Friday, God bless.

GwinnettDad

November 30th, 2013
1:40 pm

Again we seem to see the claim that real football in GA is only played south of Tift County in the 6-A bracket. Ho hum. Camden loses to Hillgrove on their home field again. Valdosta gets kicked out immediately. Lowndes does defeat Lovejoy in a tough game, but then gets totally dominated and humiliated by Norcross (but of course, bk explains that away). And then we have Colquitt County.

Colquitt might win it all. They might not. They haven’t been anything else but a bridesmaid the last three years when Gwinnett has won it all. But there’s been no proof whatsoever this year that 1-AAAAAA is any better than other regions. 4-AAAAAA almost got two into the semis. But I’d take 7-AAAAAA anytime, anyway, any day this year. Had there not been a miracle punt return at McEachern, it was Todd that pointed out that no region in history ever has had three teams in the semis.

So, 1-AAAAAA, when have you EVER been that good?

DOSTA DAWG

November 30th, 2013
2:13 pm

@ GwinnettDad – Are you serious??? 32 teams make the playoffs and only 4 are from South Ga. Yet we were 1 win away from having 2 teams in the Semis!!!!! Where are your North Ga. so called powers at??? Parkview and Brookwood are the only teams in North Ga. in 6A with multiple titles you can brag on!!!!!! Norcross brought in all those transfers and they look like crap. If Norcross was in region 1 6A, they would be just another team.

GwinnettDad

November 30th, 2013
2:17 pm

@Dosta Dawg – when has any southern region played each other in the finals? When has any southern region qualified three in the semis? You didn’t answer the question, or even try. 1-AAAAAA finishes third this year, and is NOT the SEC of the south (which is silly nonsense to claim anyway by any region)

stooge

November 30th, 2013
2:34 pm

1994 Colquitt v. Valdosta for the state title is the only one I can think of..probably because that was our one chanpionship

GwinnettDad

November 30th, 2013
2:53 pm

@stooge, ah, good for you. Brookwood played Parkview in 2002 losing 28-7. Keep in mind that a region has ten or less teams. My question has nothing to do with the predominance of AAAAAA teams in the north.

stooge

November 30th, 2013
2:55 pm

“….confidence comes from playing quality opponents for the “majority” of their schedule.” Well, Coach, you described us perfectly so that should make us equal in that regard.

yo

November 30th, 2013
3:02 pm

@Gwinnetdad on the other hand had there not been a miracle dropped pass in the end zone by a Hillgrove WR then we’d be saying by by NG and we’d be talking which Cobb Team would CC be playing after Gwinnett is gone. How can a kid get so wide open at the end of the game like that? Curious minds want to know. No NG defender in sight on my little laptop screen.

yo

November 30th, 2013
3:08 pm

@GD let’s put it this way. It takes umpteen thousand Gwinnett schools in 6A to have as many State Championships as S.Ga. football in 6A. Our 4 little playoff contenders have a way of making their case when it is all said and done. Great Gwinnett reign ends this year. Another NG pretender.

GwinnettDad

November 30th, 2013
3:41 pm

Still the South Georgians can’t talk about regions. They just can’t do it. 1-AAAAAA is not any better than any other region, period. All the rest is ego and nonsense. Even when Camden County won their championships, they weren’t part of 1-AAAAAA or the 1-AAAAA previous to that. Geesh.

Honestly

November 30th, 2013
8:05 pm

I hope this yeas that the fans of Colquitt leave the fake money at home, Its a real shame that the sportsmanship that’s claimed to be a point of pride for this team, dose not go past the locker room! Any question about this statement, go ask the Secret Service about the fake money that was pasted at the game last year.

cp

November 30th, 2013
8:46 pm

GwinnettDad, win the Championships Region 1 has then you can run your mouth, in the mean time shut up!

68 Viking

November 30th, 2013
9:31 pm

congrats to Norcross, yall took it to us I thought we had a shot ant whooping you, but I was wrong thanks for a hard hitting game. Now I have just one bitch the pa announcer was blasting the pa sys while lowndes was on ofense for several plays, Yes our band did the same thing to get our fans cranked it worked, we was warned and it stoped. However your pa person did not and its note worthy that not a flag was thrown nor was the pa announcer was not given a warning. So hopefully in the feature we will not have to moan & groan about lowndes band and how much of distraction they are again congrats on the win stay safe through the rest of playoffs, PS Im still pulling for R1 colquit will give you all you can handle Go Pack win state bring it back to so ga

DOSTA DAWG

December 1st, 2013
2:10 am

Look at the number of schools in Gwinnett County. You have more 6A schools in your county than we have in our region, Look at the population of the schools in your county compared to the schools in region 1 6A. Colquitt will beat Norcross and then North Gwinnett both by 21pts!!

68 Viking

December 1st, 2013
8:54 am

Dosta Dawg Ditto on your last post .

Rufus S. DeMann

December 1st, 2013
9:28 am

Where is BK? I shore do miss his expert…in depth…well thought out…mind altering…analysis. I hope he’s not sick…..

Rufus>>

stooge

December 1st, 2013
10:07 am

Dude goes rabbit after the shellacking. Prolly trolling, though.

RobFromNorcross

December 1st, 2013
12:26 pm

Rufus = bksmith has “mind altering” analysis? maybe you meant “mind-altered” and I am sure he is probably sick…

I am waiting till we get a new 6A blog post about the semis, then I look forward to discussing the Norcross vs Colquitt game in a fine spirited and friendly manner with all our Colquitt rivals!

RobFromNorcross

December 1st, 2013
12:44 pm

@stooge ==

I will be Qwixcoring the Colquitt@Norcross game for MaxPreps again this week, here is the game-time link for anyone who can’t make it in person… http://t.maxpreps.com/1b8ltvN

stooge

December 1st, 2013
1:43 pm

@Rob-Thanks. You actually give information. Once in a while we(Colquitt) get one who only puts in the TD’s.

57Cat

December 1st, 2013
3:39 pm

Rob – I think Rufus may be right about the “mind altering” effect BK has. He’s got me thinking that:

a) If ourYellow Cats had only scored one more point than than the Blue Cats, and
b) If we had made the FG against the the Vikes, we would most definitely have won in OT, and
c) If our guy hadn’t dropped the punt against Colquitt, we would have won 10-9, therefore
d) We would have gone into the Coffee game ranked #1 in the State and we woulda stomped the Trojans.

We would have won Region 1 6A and would have been the #1 seed. We would have rolled Hillgrove and whoever else woulda been in our way, and we would be playing in the semis this Friday destined, destined I say, for the Dome!!

That’s how strong and powerful my Cats are, and with all our 9th graders coming up, all having 4.3 speed, we will be even better next year!!!

See how warped BK has my brain now?

stooge

December 1st, 2013
3:57 pm

@57-My mother cheered for the Cats back in the 50’s so I had that tradition instilled as I grew up. Things may not look great now but I have no doubt they’ll be back kicking it and taking names.

stooge

December 1st, 2013
4:12 pm

Should be alot of good natured banter and insults questioning our lineage even though last I checked the Deliverance story took place in NORTH Georgia.

Alex

December 1st, 2013
4:34 pm

@68 Viking, here is the relevant code section from the GHSA by-laws as it relates to in game procedures during football games.:
6. The following regulations are in place for GHSA football games.
1.All GHSA football games will have a twenty (20) minute halftime unless both school administrators agree in writing by Thursday of game week to shorten the halftime period to fifteen (15) minutes.
2.Artificial noisemakers, except airhorns and whistles, are legal at football games. Illegal noisemakers are to be confiscated when visible and/or used.
3.Bands are not to play during live-ball situations.
(NOTE: This includes the situation in which there is no timeout and the teams are in a huddle.)

1.If, during a football game, a team claims interference with communications due to band noise, the Referee shall give a warning to one or both head coaches and the bands must cease playing.
2.If there is a second offense by the same school’s band, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be imposed against that school’s team.
4. During the state playoff series, a crew of six (6) field officials will be used.
5.Fans shall not be allowed to enter the playing field either before the game or at halftime to form a tunnel for players to run through.
6.In the regular season, a school may utilize a visible 25-second clock as long as the time is visible on both ends of the field and the clock is operated by a paid game official.

You will note that there is nothing regulating the music from the PA. Additionally, the music was played during timeouts. The only exception to that was the bells from the beginning of “Hells Bells” being played at the beginning of third down situations.

How do I know all of this you may ask, because I was the one running the music during the game, not the announcer, and I take following the GHSA by-laws quite seriously. The difference between my music playing and the Lowndes band playing was the Lowndes band played through two straight downs. There was no music playing through the stadium speakers during actual plays.

That said, great game Lowndes, you all had an amazing season and we enjoyed hosting you. Hopefully we will see each other again next year.

57Cat

December 1st, 2013
4:35 pm

Chances are, Stooge, that I knew her. Do you know what year she graduated?

stooge

December 1st, 2013
4:55 pm

@57-Probably 1958 because she was married in ‘59.

RobFromNorcross

December 1st, 2013
5:28 pm

@stooge =

I take the Qwixcoring seriously and have done it every Norcross game the last two seasons except the Championship game last year when I couldn’t get a good signal in the Dome.

I know that there are a lot of people getting the scores that way, especially as Norcross has reached a small level of achievement in the national rankings at times… Thanks for noticing.

RobFromNorcross

December 1st, 2013
5:32 pm

@57Cat =

I get a headache trying to keep all the Cats- yellow, blue, psychedelic- separate. Almost as bad as Bulldogs at times… I am guessing you are a Valdosta cat based on the FG against the Vikes comment…