Moultrie Observer

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December 1, 2012

Propst says he expects "a war" at Norcross

MOULTRIE — Walking from the Big Orange Jungle after his team’s 31-15 state quarterfinal victory over Parkview on Friday in Lilburn, Colquitt County coach Rush Propst smiled and said he couldn’t lie.

He felt better after getting the news that Norcross had defeated Camden County 34-20 in Kingsland, meaning the Packers will travel to meet the undefeated Blue Devils rather than having to try to beat the Wildcats a third straight time.

Colquitt knocked Camden County out of the playoffs in last year’s quarterfinal at Chris Gilman Stadium and last month beat the Wildcats 13-12 in Moultrie, spoiling their perfect record.

A third consecutive victory over Camden County would have been difficult.

But playing 13-0 Norcross at its home field will be no picnic either.

The Blue Devils came to Moultrie in August for the preseason scrimmage and scored on the final play to win 33-31.

“I know it’s going to be tough,” Propst said. “They have the best offense we’ll play. They’ve got two great backs.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons. I’ll be a war.”

And Alvin Kamara, the best of the two, rushed 27 times for 158 yards and threw a touchdown pass as defeated Camden County to get the program’s first-ever berth in the semifinals.

Norcross trailed 20-19 heading into the fourth quarter, but intercepted Camden’s Brice Ramsey for the second time.

That led to a 20-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Wilber to Trey Smith and 2-point conversion put the Blue Devils up 27-20.

Kamara scored again later in the quarter.

Norcross rolled up 355 yards of offense and Wilbur completed 10-of-16 passes for 129 yards.

The Blue Devils also Camden’s J.J. Green to just 43 yards and 12 carries. Green did score two touchdowns.

Ramsey, who, like Green, is committed to Georgia, completed 5-of-9 passes for 28 yards and the two interceptions.

When Norcross visited Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium on Aug. 17, Myles Autry scored on a 1-yard plunge on the final play of three-quarter varsity portion of the game.

Colquitt led 31-27 on a touchdown by John Boatwright and a Will Bannister conversion with 7:22 left in the final quarter, but Norcross ate up the rest of the clock on its final drive.

Kamara rushed for 221 yards on 13 carries and scored touchdowns on runs of 82, 14 and 69 yards, but was not in the game for the final 11 snaps of the game-winning drive.

Wilber completed 13-of-22 passes for 211 yards as Norcross rolled up 466 yards of offense in three quarters.

Colquitt had 315 yards of offense against the Blue Devils, but 87 came on a touchdown run by Maleek Lewis.

Counting the scrimmage victory, Norcross has won 14 straight this season.

Propst said the Colquitt County-Norcross game would be televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting and would start at 8 p.m.

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