Norcross DE leads defense

Defensive end Brooks Cunningham has been a key player for the Norcross football team this year, helping the Blue Devils to the elite eight and a No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAA. talks with the senior defensive lineman about his upcoming game with Warner Robins.

Defensive end Brooks Cunningham, who has offers from Tulane, Virginia Military Institute and Tennessee Tech, has set a Norcross single-season record with eighteen sacks this season. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound senior has recorded 95 tackles and 35 tackles for a loss.

When Norcross (12-0) takes on Warner Robins (8-4) this Friday night, Cunningham and the Blue Devils' defensive line will play a pivotal role in their team's success against the Demons.

"One of the things that stands out this year for our defense line is our ability to rush the quarterback," Cunningham said. "If you look at everybody's stats, the one thing that really sticks out is sacks and hurries."

Warner Robins head coach Bryan Way loves to pound the ball down opponents' throats and Demon tailback Antwan Hamilton does a good job of keeping him happy. So the fate of the Norcross football team may depend on its defensive line.

"Our first goal is to shut down the run," said Cunningham. "They have a lot of speed everywhere. They're offensive line is pretty quick. They have really good running backs and a good quarterback."

"If we can shut down their running game, I'll get an opportunity to rush the passer and that's definitely one of my strengths. It would be good for our entire defense. We've got to find a way to get around their speed because they do have a lot."

As for his recruiting process, Cunningham said that helping his team win a state championship is his No. 1 priority right now.

"I talked to Tulane about setting up an official visit, but I hadn't really set it up yet because of the way our season is going," said Cunningham. "Right now, I'm just trying to focus on the rest of the season."

Cunningham, who already holds three offers, is also receiving interest from Air Force, Navy, Georgia Southern, Wolford, Central Florida and UAB.

Note: The Norcross single-season sack record was previously held by defensive end Marcus Jackson with 14 sacks. Jackson went on to play at the University of Georgia.

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