On early Sunday morning, the Norcross Blue Devils were able to put the final nail in the coffin on their season opener against the Mays Raiders with a final score of 42-26.
Norcross, a team looking to rebuild off last year’s first-round exit, wanted to give the Raiders a nasty taste of their first Corky Kell Classic game.
Early on, the Blue Devils got things going when Kameryn Jackson punched it into the end zone for the first score of the game with a six-yard rushing touchdown.
On the Blue Devils’ next possession, Lance Jackson would find the end zone on a nine-yard rushing TD to extend the lead 14-0.
At this point in the game, it seemed that the Blue Devils would be too much for the Raiders. That was until Jacquez Evans put together a 60-yard drive and would find Zaire Thornton for the Raiders’ first score of the game.
The Blue Devils had an answer though, putting together a drive in which Isaiah Wilson would be on the receiving end of Louis Williams’ first throwing touchdown of the game.
Still, all was not lost for the Raiders, as Evans would find Dunson for a 20-yard touchdown reception with no time remaining. Mays would also convert on the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 28-14.
The Raiders, who received the football into the second half, used their first-half momentum to score with 2:29 remaining in the 3rd quarter, bringing the score to 28-20.
Just as the Raiders were starting to find themselves on offense, the Blue Devils would cut the Raiders’ dreams of tying short as Williams would find Ryan Slaton for a three-yard TD reception.
Tyree Nelson answered back with an 80-yard rushing TD, but the Blue Devils proved to be the better team in the end with a final score of 42-26.
Williams finished 17-21 with 198 yards and three touchdowns.
Kameryn Jackson finished with 79 rushing yards and a touchdown while Lance Jackson finished with 71 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The Blue Devils will face Mill Creek Aug. 31 at home.