"[The defense] is starting to play together," Fleetwood said. "That was something that we started after the first two games (both losses), when we came out a little slow."
The Lions' offensive line was equally as impressive, despite missing its top player in injured center Marc Lovely. Sophomore Wilson Cato stepped in and teamed up with Maxwell Bell, Duke Holland, Bryce Jones, Daniel Webster and Josh Johnson to lead the way for Staples and Jackson.
Staples finished with 169 yards on 24 carries. He scored on touchdown runs of 21 and 5 yards. Jackson added 148 yards and scored on a 1-yard plunge that put the Lions up 10-0 late in the first quarter. DeAngelo Gibbs' leaping 44-yard reception set up Jackson's touchdown.
Dixon added a touchdown on a 10-yard punt return that resulted from a mishandled snap by Norcross, one of many miscues by the Blue Devils in an ugly first half. Norcross had minus-25 yards of offense and trailed 17-0 at halftime.
Blue Devils coach Keith Maloof said his team's not done, though.
"They got us in the trenches, they took over," Maloof said. "We'll regroup. We're still 7-1. I've got a good football team, but it just didn't show at times tonight. They've got in them (to respond). They've worked hard. This group has no quit in them. They'll be fine."
PEACHTREE RIDGE -- 10 7 7 7 --- 31
NORCROSS -- 0 0 0 0 -- 0
PR -- Zaniel Phillips 21 field goal (3-0, PR, 6:04 left)
PR -- Marquez Jackson 2 run (Phillips kick) -- 17-0
PR -- Breon Dixon 10 punt return (Phillips kick)
PR -- Malike Staples 21 run (Phillips kick) (24-0, 3 minutes)
PR -- Staples 5 run (Phillips kick)