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Friday Kickoff Week 9 - MEADOWCREEK AT NORCROSS

Evan Chininis, Norcross 

Evan Chininis, Norcross 

These two schools, who share the bond of having Norcross addresses, played regularly for years, beginning in 1990 just a few years after Meadowcreek’s

opening. But when Gwinnett split into two regions, it eliminated the rivalry as Meadowcreek stayed in Region 8 and Norcross went to Region 7.

But reclassification put Meadowcreek back in 7-AAAAA, allowing the two

teams to play for the first time since 2003. It’s been a one-sided series from the

start, with the Mustangs’ only win coming in 1992.

MEADOWCREEK MUSTANGS (7-AAAAA)

■ Coach: Deario Grimmage

■ Record: 0-7, 0-4 region

■ Last week: Lost to Duluth 38-7

NORCROSS BLUE DEVILS (7-AAAAA)

■ Coach: Keith Maloof

■ Record: 6-1, 3-1 region

■ Last week: Beat Peachtree Ridge 14-7

Another win will be tough tonight for winless Meadowcreek, which was more competitive in last week’s loss to Duluth. The Mustangs were tied 7-7 until late in the second quarter last week after scoring their first points since the season opener on Ronald Rose’s TD run. Rose adds another unique element to tonight’s game — he was Norcross’ starting quarterback last season before transferring.

Norcross’ new starting QB, Matt Poole, has been steady this season, too. His fourth-quarter plays were huge in last week’s 14-7 comeback win over Peachtree Ridge.

A young offensive line also stepped up late in last week’s game under the leadership of senior Evan Chininis. Demetrius Alston (16 tackles), Martavius Edwards (10 tackles) and JohnMcWilliams (17 tackles) led a defense that allowed only seven points to Peachtree Ridge.

“We played really hard (against Peachtree Ridge),” Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. “The kids played together and really pulled it together when we needed to.”

■ Last meeting: Norcross won 39-8 in 2003

■ 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.