AAAAAA final: Norcross one step from full redemption

There have been teams to win state championships after losing their first game. Some have lost their first three. But it’s safe to say no team has won a state championship after losing its opening game 55-0.

Norcross’ season of redemption and conviction continues Saturday, when the Blue Devils try to defend their state championship against region and county rival North Gwinnett in the Georgia Dome.

Norcross has put its nationally televised debacle against Booker T. Washington of Miami in its rear-view mirror – not to mention a 36-17 loss to North Gwinnett that followed three weeks later – and won 11 straight games. The defense, led by a half-dozen or more Division 1 prospects, is allowing 7.6 points per game in that time.

‘’They didn’t waver,’’ Norcross coach Keith Maloof said of his players. “Just because they got their nose bloodied didn’t matter. We knew we were good. We just had to stay the course and block what the outside was telling us.’’

Norcross began the season with a new quarterback, A.J. Bush, a move-in learning the system as the staff was learning how best to use him. The tailback, Josh Boyd, also was new and replacing all-class player of the year Alvin Kamara. Myles Autry, an all-state receiver and return man, wasn’t 100 percent after off-season knee surgery.

Maloof’s confidence – “Everything that happened can be fixed,” he said in August — also stemmed from having 16 starters returning, including every key figure on the offensive line.

There have been 19 rematches in the state finals of regular-season games. The original winner is 13-4 in the rematch. Two original games were tied. In the most recent rematch, Tucker beat Marist 15-3 for the title after losing 38-0 in the regular season.

“We play Norcross all the time, so whether it’s 10 weeks ago or a year ago, it doesn’t matter,’’ North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said. ‘’They’ve got guys who have grown up during the season. So have we.’’

North Gwinnett’s biggest gains have come on the offensive line and the running game. C.J. Leggett had four 100-yard rushing games in the regular season, but he’s had four straight in the playoffs, including a career-high 279-yard game in a 27-21 victory over McEachern last week.

In the first Norcross game, North Gwinnett won by exploiting Norcross’ secondary. Leggett was held to 28 yards on 13 carries. Norcross’ defense has stifled the run on most every opponent. In a 14-9 semifinal victory, Norcross held Colquitt County’s 1,000-yard rusher, Sihiem King, to 40 yards on 25 carries.

That’s a matchup to watch Saturday.

‘’Norcross just kind of shredded Colquitt’s front and took everything away,’’ Sphire said. “They’re a dominant defensive front, and their secondary has improved so much. The defensive talent they’re putting on the field Saturday is incredible.’’

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WolfDawg

December 12th, 2013
12:11 pm

Norcross D is playing at a very high level & this is THE time for that..

North’s O is versatile & that might be the difference in this Clash of the Titans…

Weather you’re going to the Dome to see great football Fri afternoon at 5:30 for the Buford – Washington County game of Sat nite to see the Blue Devils of Norcross do battle with the Bulldawgs of North…. One thing is certain… The BEST football played in the state this Century is in Gwinnett!

robo71

December 12th, 2013
12:52 pm

if they win the title i’d say that’s impressive given the talent this state has. redemption? the only way you get redemption is by beating the team that handed you that whipping.

Camden74

December 12th, 2013
1:58 pm

Having a State champion who lost 55-0 during the season, NOT GOOD! :-)

NHS06

December 12th, 2013
2:12 pm

Camden 74,

If you had to lose wouldn’t you much rather lose early than late?

Yes, Norcross had a rough first game against the #1 ranked team in the nation and NG early.
North Gwinnett also lost by 20 to a good Collins Hill team midseason.

11 wins in a row after that bad loss goes to show that the blue devils got their act together and the first loss can be seen as more of an outlier than the norm.

I’d say both teams have moved on and improved considerably and look ready to battle it out for Gwinnett Championship which is now the State Championship.

Cool_Coach1

December 12th, 2013
2:26 pm

@ Camden74 ==LOL… It ain’t how you start….it’s how you FINISH. Being ousted by a team that has only been playing High School Football for eight years…..TWICE….AT HOME….NOT GOOD! Hey our guys had a bad day @ the office….but not as bad as some of you prognosticators have been having lately. Keep talking about that game if makes you guys feel better ….we’ll just keep adding hardware in the cabinet!

Cool_Coach1

December 12th, 2013
2:34 pm

I cannot thank you guys enough for the bulletin board you have provided this year….all that is inconsequential now… 2 bitter rivals will decide will win “The Gwinnett County Game of Thrones”…one will be proven legitimate… the other a usurper….! One thing is for certain 2 things are for sure history will me made…and there will be gnashing of teeth! :)

the truth

December 12th, 2013
2:37 pm

I think losing 55-0 in your first game and being in the state championship at the end of the year is better than ending your season in the quarterfinals the last two years. Wouldn’t you agree Camden74?

Cool_Coach1

December 12th, 2013
2:45 pm

I cannot thank you guys enough for the bulletin board you have provided this year….all that is inconsequential now… 2 bitter rivals will decide who will win “The Gwinnett County Game of Thrones”…one will be proven legitimate… the other a usurper….! One thing is for certain 2 things are for sure history will be made…and there will be gnashing of teeth! :)

Had to make some corrections…LOL

RobFromNorcross

December 12th, 2013
3:52 pm

Cool_Coach… and a whole lotta wailing as well. I just hope it is the other guys doing the wailing… Should be an excellent game 21-14 Norcross wins.

Cool_Coach1

December 12th, 2013
4:18 pm

@ RobFromNorcross== Someone’s banquet is going to be the “Red Wedding”…..LOL…..Just for clarity no one on the team has a certain last name…so we should be good….(fingers crossed) ;0

Cool_Coach1

December 12th, 2013
4:25 pm

@ RobFromNorcross == Great article in the GDP fish wrapper on Warren (#34)….when I think about what he means to the team….how he sacrificed and played out of position (back in the 2009 GFL Championship season)…all I can say is consummate team guy….one of my favorite guys to have coached over the years….(GREAT FAMILY) he deserves everything coming his way!

blue devils

December 12th, 2013
5:51 pm

norcross lost 55-0 To the National Champions of High School football in the Country and it wasnt even close. I think we can give the score a break

NGHS 09

December 12th, 2013
7:15 pm

@Todd:

“In the first Norcross game, North Gwinnett won by exploiting Norcross’ secondary. Leggett was held to 28 yards on 13 carries.”

So you mention that Myles Autry wasn’t at 100%, but then act like C.J. Leggett was at 100%? I seem to be missing the accuracy here…

“We play Norcross all the time, so whether it’s 10 weeks ago or a year ago, it doesn’t matter,’’ North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said. ‘’They’ve got guys who have grown up during the season. So have we.’’

That’s code for Sphire is gonna fully open up his book of secrets LOL I’m sure he’s been studying every second of game film in his office, and pulling out all of the stops to give Norcross something they haven’t seen before. That’s the only way to beat the D1 talent on the other side. He’s gonna do everything within his power to take home the trophy this time.

Now just to be clear!! that doesn’t mean it will automatically happen.

NGHS 09

December 12th, 2013
7:35 pm

This is out of left field but related to NHS 06’s comment above…

The Collins Hill game is not a gauge for which team is better. Norcross beat them 28-0 when CH wasn’t at full capacity with their OL. NG had a 25-24 lead mid-way through the 3rd qrt (with QB backup), only to end up losing 53-28. Hayden Sphire went out with an injury after throwing an 80 yard TD midway through the 2nd qrt. It certainly DID effect NG’s ability to move the ball for the rest of the game and it DID effect the team’s confidence.

NG has won without Sphire since then and with him @ 75% max so the team isn’t the same team they were that night. Norcross isn’t the same team that lost 55-0 and 36-17 either.

Something else that makes me laugh when some of yal continuously ONLY point out NG’s 53-28 loss to CH and Norcross’s 28-0 win….What about the 24-20 narrow Norcross win over PTR? NG blew the doors off of PTR. It was 44-7 at the start of the fourth and all of our starters were pulled.

My point is that North’s offense has evolved since then, much like Norcross’s defense has. NG’s defense gives up points, but they make the stops when it matters, and that can’t be ignored.

GreenNGold

December 12th, 2013
7:58 pm

Buford (22) vs NG (5) 22-5-1
Buford (5) vs N (2) 5-2-0

oneplus1

December 12th, 2013
8:39 pm

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oneplus1

December 12th, 2013
8:45 pm

@NGHS-09 SATURDAY NIGHT WILL BE VERY SPECIAL.NG, WATCHES ARE BEING SOLD WITH YOUR FACE ON IT=( YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT) IN THE LAND OF NORCROSS! REDEMPTION IS SWEET,OH SO SWEET! ENOUGH.

Camden74

December 12th, 2013
9:33 pm

Cool_Coach1…..Winning 3 State Titles in 7 years at the HIGHEST level makes it a little easier to handle! Ya think? :-D

Camden74

December 12th, 2013
9:40 pm

NGHS 09…..It’s not the loss, it’s how they lost, and the effort during that loss! Any team can lose, on any given day/night. But when a reigning State Champion goes down the way Norcross did against BTW, it NEVER goes away! I’m just saying, it would not look good for GHSF if Norcross repeated as State Champions! :-)

Camden74

December 12th, 2013
9:45 pm

the truth……I would rather end a season in the quarter finals than to be thoroughly embarrassed on National TV as the reigning State Champion! Besides that, it’s not like Camden hasn’t made it past the quarter finals before……They’ll be in the State Title Game again, sooner than you think! :-D

BulldogsStillBite

December 12th, 2013
11:03 pm

@oneplus1 – tic-tic-tic-tic-toc. The end is near, time is slipping away, on the moniker defending state champions. Get ready to drink the pickle juice…hope you enjoyed your year with the crown. The bulldogs are coming, they ain’t skeered of no blue devil. Keep ya head up though, with all those seniors there will be plenty of shoulders to cry on…yeah I’m stirring the pot now….what will you say about those bookend losses…NG will finish the way they started….with a (W) at the dome. I can’t put a score on it but it will happen THIS year…I am with 74 on this one…redemption comes if you put down BTW (which ain’t happening). Some rabid Norcross fans have said they pitch a shutout in this one…..maybe in some bizarro universe that happens. You guys are the HOME team again – not good for you….it’s coming at you can you stop it all…please don’t get behind…we know how to put you guys away…we are NOT afraid to go down a score to you guys THIS YEAR….we have come from behind to beat you TWICE in YOUR house in the last three years….not that it matters now….don’t think you’ll be getting win number 12 at our expense. I can tell you this – NG will score in double digits….will the blue devils be able keep up…it’s been a while since we lost too….now for the fine print…the team with the fewest turnovers and costly penalties wins this game. LOL – the team that shows the greatest cohesiveness on both sides of the ball will take it all….who wants it more….27 is the LEAST we have scored over 14 games…you guys – 0….both teams are different but one thing is still the same…NG owns real estate in Norcross’ head THIS SEASON. If your team proves me wrong, man I’ve got A LOT of crow to eat…but NG puts an exclamation point on this season and we will not have to talk about the 2-time champion that GOT SMOKED, FILLETED, DICED, SLICED and GUTTED in front of the football universe…all that talent…dang.

BulldogsStillBite

December 12th, 2013
11:07 pm

…there is nothing more I can say behind that – see y’all in the Dome Saturday night!!!!!!!!

BlueDevil

December 12th, 2013
11:37 pm

@BulldogsStillBite – What a clown – and all this from someone who has never accomplished anything but filling up a trophy case full of ifs, ands and buts. If your claim to fame is that you beat us in the regular season then send me your address and I’ll send you the Peachtree Industrial Area trophy. If your claim to fame is being able to talk about how bad BTW beat us then send me your address and I’ll send you nothing because that’s what little people like you get. And by the way that’s what you and your partner 74 will get again this year – nothing. Happy Holidays and remember that it’s not a good thing to be a biter.

oneplus1

December 12th, 2013
11:52 pm

@bulldogstillBARK AND NO BITE.YOU’RE RIGHT, IT’S CROW YOU’LL HAVE TO EAT.MAYBE EARLY SEASON LED YOU TO BELIEVE THAT THIS GAME WOULD BE EASY. TOP DEFENSE IN OUR CLASS IN THE PLAYOFFS,LETTUCE SURPRISE YOU.WITNESS! AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE, (YOUR LIPS WILL BE SEALED,AND Y’ALL WILL HAVE A MOUTH FULL OF YOUR ON DOGS $%&T). SPECIAL NIGHT SATURDAY, ENOUGH SAID!

oneplus1

December 13th, 2013
12:00 am

@BlueDevil He will be an eater Saturday night,and he won’t like his own $%^t. LMBO

Camden74

December 13th, 2013
12:12 am

Blue Devil….Don’t know if you remember, because it seems that you don’t, Camden has THREE State Title Trophies at it’s facility. One of them came in the same year after beating Norcross! Keep this in mind……..The CATS are COMING!!!! Happy Holidays to you too! :-D

Suwanee 0wns

December 13th, 2013
12:22 am

I keep trying to imagine different scenarios for how this game will progress. I looked back at some games between Norcross and NG in recent history.

In the last 6 years, the teams have met every year, and NG has won 5 out of the 6 games. The exception was 2012. In several of the seasons, Norcross takes a lead, and then NG comes back to win. In 2012 NG started coming back but Alvin Kamara broke some second half TD’s to put the game out of reach. NG can still score quickly, in bunches, and scored 22 points in 90 seconds to come back against Mill Creek in 2013. Similar scoring spurts have occurred in previous matchups between the teams. No Norcross lead is safe in a match up with North Gwinnett.

The teams have advanced beyond the teams that took the field in September. In 2013 the teams have advanced beyond the teams that took the field in earlier years.

In 2013 the Norcross run defense has become a brick wall. And NG has developed a power running attack. I doubt either will come into play much, except that Norcross has to cover the run and cannot simply concentrate on the pass. It is like a potential line of play in chess that just never occurs although both players have to cover the possibility.

Several years back the massive, aggressive Norcross D-Line smothered NG’s outstanding QB, Mikey Tamburo. He could not see over the rushing linemen and threw several interceptions. Norcross won that game. That was the last time NG had a QB under 6 feet. That line of play just does not occur anymore between the teams. NG learned its lesson and it has helped NG to compete against other teams.

The teams have made many adjustments to each other over the season and over the years. And mostly those adjustments simply preclude lines of play and strategies that will not occur. So that just brings us back to the main line of play between the teams where NG has won 5 out of the last 6 games. It is up to Norcross to take the game down a different path if they are going to win. And chances are that NG has already anticipated any wrinkles that Norcross has planned. These teams know each other very well.

It should be an outstanding game, and I am sure it will be a joy to watch. It will probably be worthy of a AAAAAA championship matchup. Norcross is an outstanding team, community, school, and organization. Both teams deserve to win. Good luck to both teams. I sincerely hope that no one gets hurt.

BlueDevil

December 13th, 2013
12:45 am

@Suwanee 0wns – You say “So that just brings us back to the main line of play between the teams where NG has won 5 out of the last 6 games”. Honestly, i seriously doubt that either team is thinking that winning or losing 5 of 6 means anything, especially when it comes to these 2 teams.

The winner of this game will be determined by what happens on the field – who hits the hardest – who tackles the best – who runs the fastest – and who executes the best.

5 of 6 may be a good story line for the prognosticators, but to the kids that step on the field Saturday night it’s not even a consideration. I agree with you in your assessment that both teams are much better than they were earlier in the season and you can bet that the winner of this game will be that team that has improved the most.

Suwanee 0wns

December 13th, 2013
12:54 am

My point, BlueDevil, is that if NG and Norcross both play their normal outstanding football, then NG’s normal play beats Norcross’s normal play. As proved by the earlier matchup this season, and the previous 5 matchups. 5 out of 6 is not a hypothetical conjecture. It is a historical fact.

Norcross will have to do something substantially different in order to win. In 2012 Alvin Kamara was the difference. We have yet to see if Norcross has a different rabbit in the hat in 2013. They did not, in September.

Both teams are going to attempt to break the mold of previous matchups. It will be interesting and it will include some amazing performances by some of the best athletes in Georgia.

Good luck to you guys.

BlueDevil

December 13th, 2013
1:27 am

@Suwanee 0wns – If you think what you saw from Norcross in September was “normal play”, then you’re sadly mistaken. You really don’t believe that yourself.

In looking at the production of other teams across the state against Norcross that are very similar to you (if not better) you should plan on very tough sledding on Saturday night. If NG has to score it’s typical 30 points to win, you should start scoring now. I repeat, the team that has improved the most will win.

Suwanee 0wns

December 13th, 2013
1:35 am

OK Sure. Good luck. This game is not going to be won by bluff, bluster, and smack talk. But, give it your best shot.

Will85

December 13th, 2013
3:07 am

its funny how you trash talk about BTW 55-0 over Norcross!!! we are so over that crap!!! i get so sick of hearing the the same trash talking just like last year from the camden, colquitt, and lovejoy fans and now NG LOL make no mistake about it !!! we are ready and ready to go to war!!! Sat Night @8:30pm

Username

December 13th, 2013
4:48 am

“In a 14-9 semifinal victory, Norcross held Colquitt County’s 1,000-yard rusher, Sihiem King, to 40 yards on 25 carries”. Um, the field was a sloppy mess, particularly challenging for a runner like Sihiem whose strength is short, amazingly quick cuts…

Norcross has 15+ D-1 players – hmm, impressive. Last I checked, talent wins games but teamwork wins Championships. North Gwinnett by 14 and if I’m wrong, I’ll be sure to swing back and eat the proverbial crow!

BulldogsStillBite

December 13th, 2013
6:15 am

@Blue Devil – so so comeback, expected more from the mighty Norcross. The bottom line is last year is in the past, y’all will have to something different to win THIS game. Maybe it’s Miles Autry. If I am a clown, then I’m Bozo, king of the clowns….Bozo says some Norcross fans are full of themselves; you may have forgotten you LOST 55-0 (and it could have been worse) in front of the football universe…y’all got the talent, we’ve got the TEAM, lets see who walks away with the trophy…don’t think it will be devil THIS YEAR….get your head in the NOW @oneplus1 – it’s gonna be more like onetimes1; sorry, we know where you keep your secrets….unless Alvin Kamara trots out and suits up tomorrow night, all you guys will be doing is watching NG TAKE the crown from you THIS YEAR…there is a first time for everything, tomorrow is NG’s turn…come ready, bring the kitchen sink; just don’t leave early if your team gets down…we certainly won’t. Bozo the crow eater has spoken….what good is this blog, if there is no one to talk smack to…the fast track favors US…I still don’t think your secondary is CLOSE to McE’s, if you can’t cover, the sky opens up. I don’t think your vaunted defense gets you this WIN….I’ll be back…keep talking one-timers…lest you forget…last year this time you were no-timers too…Bozo was not going to talk any trash, but he got tired of hearing about the Norcross defense and D1 talent….on PAPER you guys have the talent to MOP THE FIELD with us….but a strange thing happens when the whistle blows, the TEAM that shows up best usually wins the game….don’t want to hear no whining..IF you guys win, I’ll give you your props, but make no excuses if Norcross loses this game….we will have shown our TEAM was better THIS YEAR, our kung-fu was stronger THIS YEAR…..LOL…I know we have weaknesses too, they were exposed. Can Norcross take advantage? We’ll find out real soon….bring your best; we will….got bills to pay, gotta go. Bring it Norcross – defending champ smack talkers….Bozo the Bulldog Clown

Cool_Coach1

December 13th, 2013
7:15 am

I guess 55-0 is gonna be everybody’s battle cry…..Alvin was the ONLY reason Norcross won last year? When it is time to eat crow…that line is gonna be LOOOOONG. Bring your bib , big fork, worcestershire sauce, and a healthy appetite! These kids have heard it all….you think they aren’t motivated? Hey I am loving the fact that we’re the “underdogs” (Under the Dawgs… get it) no pressure over here….won’t have to worry about us playing “tight”. The mission is clear , the opponent has been defined ….the objective is in sight. Someone will make history…someone will be made history!

What is best in life?

To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.

Conan the Barbarian

BulldogsStillBite

December 13th, 2013
8:28 am

@Cool_Coach1 – that was good – LOL

Username

December 13th, 2013
8:40 am

@Cool_Coach1

That’s intense! However, we all know how this ends…

Did you happen to see the Florida State Duke game? Florida State toyed with the Blue Devils in the first quarter – and then commenced to…

North Gwinnett Bulldogs – 2013/2014 GHSA 6-A Champs!

BlueDevil

December 13th, 2013
8:51 am

@BulldogsStillBite – Got to pay bills, gotta go? I sure wouldn’t want to be the one cashing one of your checks. All I can do is laugh when I see your name on here because your weak words continue to be your tools in building monuments of NOTHING.

55-0, you’re faster, you’re bigger, you’re smarter – nobody cares about your perspective and nobody takes you seriously because we all know that you speak from this fantasy world called “Never Done It”. So, be careful and watch your mouth puppydog.

And oh yeah, you can’t be Bozo the Clown because he actually accomplished something. For now you’ll just have to settle for Average Joe Wannabe – AJW for short. Keep working at it and one day you’ll be able to change your name, but it won’t be this year.

Will85

December 13th, 2013
9:25 am

@Username stop lol that is funny so what excuse for the colquitt RB problem when we play them this summer and the field was not wet ??? cramps ?? Lol if I remember NG played lovejoy last year and got smash from that fast and talented defense. And you say Alvin K was the only reason Norcross won last year STOP!!!! Make no mistake about it we have talent and we play as a team. @BulldogsStillbite we know what secrets ??? I know something too lol;) lol just watch:)

Username

December 13th, 2013
9:29 am

@Will85

Sorry my friend but you have me confused with someone else.
Can you please show where I said “Alvin K was the only reason Norcross won last year” – can you..?

BulldogsStillBite

December 13th, 2013
9:39 am

@Blue Devil – done paying bills and buying tickets. You guys got one – so what? Will you get another one? Not this year…you’ll be the Blue Devil Bozo after tomorrow night. I don’t care if your don’t care for my take….if I get under your skin, it obviously bothers you…three words I want to hear from you Blue Devil…”YOU WERE RIGHT”……practice typing them so you can lay them out as succinctly as I have stated them…you guys are calling me clown and average joe wannbe…tomorrow night, after the dust settles you and and your knucklehead counterpart oneminus can…call…me…..RIGHT….the only redemption you’re getting is an IOU for NEXT season….step off the stage, only this years champion belongs up there; take one minus with you and ride off into the obscurity of your failed mission……Clown? Average Joe Wannabe? Homers for bringing your circus act here. At least Rob brings facts with his arguments; you two bring empty attacks….like your team…on Saturday….I’m in so deep now, I’ll never be able to walk this back. You remind me of the Golden State a few years ago – handing out IOUs because the money you were counting from your crazy projections didn’t materialize…..From here on out, I’ll be reading, not writing…the eulogy is half written…a Blue Devil with no power is just a Smurf…..to be continued on tomorrow night…

stooge

December 13th, 2013
9:58 am

@Cool_Coach1-”To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women” I need to get Propst to put this up in our field house next year. The Gray Ones made pretty good work of us(again) and Alvin was nowhere in sight–didn’t need him. They’re top heavy with talent and probably always will be.

Suwanee 0wns

December 13th, 2013
11:57 am

Cool_Coach1 “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.” I like it! A little over the top maybe, but I still like it. I bet you give a heckuva half-time motivational speech. You probably just get vacant stares from 8 year olds – but who knows? Can you be hired for guest appearances?

BlueDevil

December 13th, 2013
12:52 pm

@BulldogsStillBite – You must be a politician or hold an office on some unrelated board of something because you really believe that by saying something over and over that you’ll get the people to believe it.

THE REAL FACT is that nobody here attacked you first any you only heard from me when you started spewing how every aspect of Norcross is deplorable. The real fact is that I have the highest respect for the NG football team and community and with that said I expect an excellent fooball game to be played in the dome. I think the victor will be our team and you think it will be yours, but what i won’t do is disrespect my opponent in the way you’ve done it.

Finally, the real fact is that WE ARE THE CHAMPS as much as you hate to hear that. And until that changes you are a wannabe (ie someone who wants to be something that they’re not). So quit talking as though the dethroning is a done deal, because all of the Norcross family is carrying a quiet confidence right now that we will take care of business – not on this site but when it countst.

Good luch NG and stay healthy tomorrow night.

RobFromNorcross

December 13th, 2013
4:29 pm

As far as I am concerned, win or lose, Norcross doesn’t need “redemption”, they won the toughest trophy in the state of Georgia last year with a 15-0 record, and they played against the #1 team in the nation, and the #1 team in Georgia, and we co-champs of the toughest region in the state with 11 straight wins…

Tomorrow night they have a chance to repeat as State Champs and that is a rare thing. Every year as the number of really good teams grows, it gets harder to do. It takes a lot of raw talent, a lot of coaching to mold that talent, a lot of hard work and hours to grow that talent into stronger, faster, smarter players, and then it takes both execution on the field and no small amount of good fortune.

Win or lose, Norcross is a team of Champions and they are better men for having been in this program.

Now go get that win and bring home the hardware to Norcross…

BulldogsStillBite

December 13th, 2013
5:19 pm

@Blue Devil, man you are wound too tight…so calling me a clown…what’s that? If you take me seriously, you REALLY have issues. A little smack talk never hurt anybody…sometimes people get too wrapped around the axle over this. I express MY opinion, sometimes in jest, sometimes not. The game will be decided on the field, I’m not stupid…the body of work you guys have put together this season is quite good…but I am a NG fan…you guys are our rival…like Saints and Falcons (lifelong Saints fan)…If I don’t talk up my team, I am not a FAN..short for FANATIC…most people posting here are HS football fanatics, no problem with that…here’s to nobody being hurt tomorrow and may the best team win…Wasn’t being obnoxious until you guys started calling me names…but I am a FAN, I will always be a FAN win or lose because that’s what FANS do…whatever debate you want to have logical or crazy – most times I’m in….just having a little fun is all…..

Cool_Coach1

December 14th, 2013
8:17 am

@Suwanee 0wns == LOL …I have been known to concoct a pretty dang good pregame speech….when we won the county championship in 2009 (GFL) our motto was ……

SUBMIT OR DIE!

My speech for today is simple ….. ARE YOU READY (PHYSICALLY)? HAVE YOU BEEN PREPARED? (STRATEGICALLY) DO YOU WANT IT (MENTALLY)?…….NOW GO GET IT !!!! (LITERALLY)

Worked in ‘09……Worked last year….Why change a proven formula?

Big Mike

December 14th, 2013
10:41 pm

Big up’s to Gwinnett county for wining another title…but the truth is they should ….their are two teams in each of the four brackets playing for the title….90% of the county’s in Ga doesn’t have a team in that class……most school outside of the metro area sends one team….so lets not brag so much about it…Can somebody give us a count of how many are in the NFL from those schools?? Go Norcross..my hometown.

oneplus1

December 16th, 2013
3:21 pm

@Bulldogs StillBite-I wonder if your dog has anymore teeth,after biting off more than he can chew.
Sorry Dude.