The Norcross Blue Devils played host to the Collins Hill Eagles in a big Class AAAAAA Region 7 contest on Friday night that saw the No.8 and No.9 ranked teams in Georgia square off. The Blue Devils, No.8, played smothering defense en route to a shutout of the No.9 Eagles, 28-0. It is the first loss of the season for Collins Hill. It was the second must win game in the last three weeks for Norcross, and once again the Blue Devils stepped up and delivered a W.
Norcross led at the intermission by three touchdowns, and the Devil D wouldn’t allow the Eagles to get any kind of a comeback started, holding the Eagles offense to just 25 yards and two first downs in the final 24 minutes.
Collins Hill quarterback Tyler Herman, who last week set a school record when he totaled 420 passing yards in the win over previously unbeaten Peachtree Ridge, was held to 11 of 21 for just 68 yards in the loss. After the game Norcross head coach Kevin Maloof said he had challenged his defense to disrupt Herman’s rhythm, and that they did that. Norcross sacked Herman four times, and applied pressure to the senior QB all night long.
Tyler Henderson tallied 87 yards on 14 carries and added another 16 yards on four receptions to lead Collins Hill in both categories.
While his defense shut down Collins Hill, Norcross QB AJ Bush came through with his best game of the season.
Bush was 9 of 14 for 202 yards through the air, including a 30-yard TD pass to Christopher Herndon for the first score of the night, and carried the rock 13 times for 71 yards and three TDs. His scoring runs were 11, 20 and 13 yards and now give Bush 5 rushing scores in his last three games.
Clinton Lynch (3 R, 66 yards) and Darian Dennis (3 R, 55 yards) led the Devils receivers, while Josh Boyd broke the 100 yard barrier (114) for the sixth consecutive game. He is averaging 109.6 yards rushing per game for Norcross.
After the big win over the Lions last week, the loss is a step back for Collins Hill, but Eagle head coach Kevin Reach said in post game statements that “The defense kept it closer than it was. I thought they played hard.”
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