Speed on display when Comets, Blue Devils clash

The wide receiver talent pool in Gwinnett is deep this season, and three of the best will be on the same field tonight.

Norcross' duo of Geremy Davis and Arius Wright are both top college prospects, while visiting South Gwinnett counters with Jonathan Krause, the county's top returning receiver and a Vanderbilt commit, alongside fellow playmakers Andre Pierce, 6-foot-6 Chad Ross and Adrian Ranson.

"There's going to be a lot of speed on the field," South head coach John Small said. "We think we have great team speed, that's one of our strengths, and they've got great team speed, too. They probably have a little more size, but speed-wise we match up pretty well."

That speed will be an asset for both teams this season. And not just at the wideout spot.

Norcross backs Kendrix Huitt and Delino DeShields are both speedsters, while dual-threat quarterback Ronald Rose is coming off a solid first start last weekend at the Georgia Dome. He threw for three TDs and 200 yards - 143 to Davis, who had six catches, two for scores.

"I thought (Rose) played well (last week) and he's only going to get better," Small said. "He has a full varsity game and a scrimmage under his belt, and (our quarterback) only has a scrimmage."

The quarterback Small referred to is South junior Kent Rollins, who was with the Comets as a freshman but played last season at Brookwood, where he was a key player in the secondary.

South wants the fleet-footed Rollins to direct the offense and get the ball a pack of speedsters at wideout, as well as to top running back Aaron Wimberly.

"No. 1, I like (Rollins) because he's a leader and he just has a ton of savvy about football," Small said. "He gets us in and out of things and really manages the game. He's got a great arm and the kid can make plays with his feet."

Controlling that attack is the task for a Norcross defense that struggled last week against the run, giving up 308 rushing yards in a 28-27 overtime loss to Walton.

"(South's) quarterback seems to have settled in and the running back, Wimberly, is really good," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. "Then they've got Krause and those guys at receiver. They've got guys that if you have a breakdown, can score from anywhere on the field."

But so does Norcross, which adds a little excitement - and speed - to today's non-region matchup.


South Gwinnett Comets (8-AAAAA)

Coach: John Small

Record: 0-0

Last week: Did not play

Norcross Blue Devils (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Keith Maloof

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost to Walton 28-27 in OT at Corky Kell Classic

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Norcross won 24-17 last year

Directions to Norcross High School: From I-85, go west on Beaver Ruin Road to Buford Highway and turn right. At the next light, turn left on Langford Drive. Cross Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and turn left on Spalding Drive. School is on the left.

Series history:

2008 - Norcross 24, South 17

2002 - South 27, Norcross 7

2001 - South 21, Norcross 14

2000 - Norcross 25, South 22

1999 - South 39, Norcross 3

1998 - South 11, Norcross 6

1997 - Norcross 50, South 29

1996 - South 34, Norcross 26

1995 - Norcross 59, South 14

1994 - Norcross 28, South 21