Now it's Duluth aiming to break streak

When Meadowcreek and Duluth met on the football field this time last year, the Mustangs broke a 43-game losing streak with a 24-14 win at Meadowcreek Stadium.

The roles will be somewhat reversed when the Mustangs come calling to Cecil Morris Stadium tonight at 7:30 for the rematch, and the Wildcats are hoping for a reversal of fortune.

Duluth enters tonight's game on a 19-game losing streak dating back to Sept. 9, 2007, when the Wildcats posted a 7-0 win over - you guessed it - Meadowcreek.

They definitely remember when the Mustangs stopped their streak at their expense a year ago, and would just love to return the favor.

"I remember there was a lot of celebrating (by Meadowcreek)," Duluth coach Gary McDonald said. "They played good against us last year, and they've got a good squad this year - a very athletic squad."

Duluth nearly ended its streak last week. The Wildcats (0-1) led Shiloh most of the game, and a potential game-winning field goal sailed just wide before the Generals rallied to win 28-21 in overtime.

While the loss was another painful one, McDonald believes it is a sign better things are ahead of his team in the not-too-distant future.

"I think it does," McDonald said. "We're still a primarily sophomore and junior team, but I think they can see what hard work can do.

"(Last week's loss) was the first time I could see (the streak) really bothered them. It's a step in the right direction. It hurts to lose, and it's tough to work hard and lose, so you've just got to find a way and keep on plugging."

Meadowcreek (0-1) also understands that feeling, especially after last week's season-opening 47-0 loss to Luella at home.

But like McDonald, Mustangs coach David Ward also sees a silver lining among the apparent black clouds.

"Luella was a better team," Ward said. "But I've been in games where a team has been beaten 47-0 and they were just bad, and this wasn't one of them. We did some good things. We drove down inside the (Luella) 15-yard line about four or five times, but we just couldn't score.

"It wasn't like the kids weren't competing. ... I can't complain about the effort. We've just got to learn how to finish."

That's a lesson both teams are looking to learn, and a reasons both coaches have plenty of respect the opposition's offensive unit.

Ward knows the Mustangs will have their hands full against a Duluth offense that put up 258 yards last week against Shiloh, led by a solid night from quarterback Alex Fragoso, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 115 yards, with five of those passes going to tight end Hamilton Garner for 95 yards.

"When I look at the (Duluth-Shiloh) film, it's the best film I've seen in a while," Ward said. "There were almost no penalties. It was a clean-played and well-executed. You'd think your were looking at a team playing in Week 8, rather than Week 1. I was very impressed."

Likewise, McDonald is wary of several Mustangs, including quarterback Tydrell Wright - in just his second game under center after playing receiver last season - tight end Lavon Hooks and tailback Martez Ogletree, who ran for 136 yards on 15 carries last week.

"They've got a real big, athletic tight end, a quick quarterback and a tailback with a lot of speed," McDonald said of Meadowcreek. "Anytime you play a team that's got that, you've got to play hard on the perimeter.

"The key for us is keeping the ball on offense, and for three quarters, we did that."


Meadowcreek Mustangs (8-AAAAA)

Coach: David Ward

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost Luella 47-0

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Gary McDonald

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost to Shiloh 28-21 in OT

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Meadowcreek won 24-14 last year

Directions to Duluth High School: From I-85, take Ga. Highway 120 east to Buford Highway and turn right. Take a left at the next light onto Brock Road and school is on the left.

Series history:

2008: Meadowcreek 24, Duluth 14

2007: Duluth 7, Meadowcreek 0

2006: Duluth 13, Meadowcreek 6, OT

2003: Duluth 38, Meadowcreek 14

2002: Duluth 45, Meadowcreek 6

2001: Duluth 45, Meadowcreek 29

2000: Meadowcreek 22, Duluth 12

1999: Duluth 18, Meadowcreek 13

1998: Duluth 31, Meadowcreek 27

1997: Meadowcreek 19, Duluth 6

1996: Meadowcreek 9, Duluth 7

1993: Duluth 7, Meadowcreek 3

1992: Meadowcreek 13, Duluth 7

1991: Meadowcreek 30, Duluth 15

1990: Meadowcreek 21, Duluth 14

1989: Meadowcreek 25, Duluth 7

1988: Duluth 19, Meadowcreek 0