Adams, Butler Set Tone for Norcross in Win

No. 6 Blue Devils upend No. 2 North Gwinnett 24-14 to claim back-to-back regional championship.

D.J. Adams ran hard.

Brice Butler played like the five-star prospect that he is.

And sixth-ranked Norcross High finished its 2007 regular-season as strongly as it started with a 24-14 victory over No. 2 North Gwinnett.

The victory clinches the regional title for the Blue Devils (9-1 overall, 7-1 regional play) and is their second in as many years. It is the first time in school history that Norcross has accomplished such a feat.

As for the Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1), the loss puts a regular-season end to what has been a dream season. North Gwinnett was attempting to play an entire season without a loss for the first time ever. The Bulldogs were also looking for their first regional championship.

Adams paced the Blue Devils with a staggering 214 yards on the ground. The speedy tailback was the workhorse for Norcross Friday night, starting early with 148 first-half yards.

As for Butler, the Southern Cal verbal commit continued his season-long dominance on the gridiron.

He finished the evening two touchdown catches.

North Gwinnett played strongly and showed why they have been so difficult to oppose all season.

Starting quarterback led the Bulldogs' offense with 245 yards on 24-of-35 passing and two scores.


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