Blue Devils edged by Norcom
Walker rushes for 166 yards, 2 TDs
HOPEWELL - The Blue Devils opened the 2017 season with a tough narrow loss to I.C. Norcom, 18-14.
Despite the loss, Ronnie Walker opened the season on a fiery effort with 166 rushing yards, 16 carries, and 2 touchdowns.
Greg Cuffey had 10 passing yards, 24 carries, and was 4-11 in passing, with one interception. Cuffey also had 24 carries for ten yards, for a total of 40 rushes and 176 rushing yards for the
As soon as the game started, the Blue Devils were already on a roll. Senior Ronnie Walker grabbed the ball after the kickoff and burst down the field, immediately giving the Blue Devils a lead.
The IC Norcom Greyhounds countered swiftly afterwards, racing down the field and getting a touchdown themselves. A right-veering kick, however, left the Blue Devils up 7-6.
Norcom scored again just around the nine-minute mark, 7-12.
The Greyhounds lost their momentum, both team countering each other equally throughout the first quarter. It wasn’t until a little past the sixminute mark in the second quarter that Norcom was able to score another touchdown.
A failed two-point conversion put the score at 7-18 with Norcom creating a larger gap.
Hopewell was almost able to fully block a kick meant to soar down the field, but Norcom was still able to push themselves about 25 yards closer to the goal posts with only a minute left to go.
Just as the timer was about to wind all the way down, lightning-fast Ronnie Walker shot down the field unobstructed, making the gap closer.
A successful kick put Hopewell in a better position as they ended the quarter at 14-18.
The second half was defined by little more than both teams pushing each other back and forth,
with Hopewell making almost no headway on the Greyhounds. Blue Devil Deandre Thomas was able to defend his goal line by breaking off a pass that would have otherwise ended in a fourth Norcom touchdown. Cuffey, in the fourth quarter, was able to make small gains down the field. At the 5:30 mark, the teams were in the middle of the field, but Norcom pushed back Hopewell’s efforts.
Hopewell was able to make a big pass down the field. But with only a minute-sixteen left, the Greyhounds intercepted the pass, took control of the endgame time, and won the game 14-18.