Gwinnett Central High School Football Mugs. July, 19, 2011
Mountain View at Central Gwinnett
Mountain View Bears (7-AAAAA) Coach: Tim Hardy
2010 record: 2-8Central Black Knights (8-AAAAA) Coach: Todd Wofford
2010 record: 4-6
Both teams feel like they've improved greatly from last season, when Central won a sloppy game at Mountain View.
The Bears, beginning just their third season, performed well in a scrimmage with Campbell and head coach Tim Hardy saw plenty of positives. His offensive line is more seasoned than a year ago and running backs Marvin Elam and Eddie West should take some pressure off new starting quarterback Chris Bartlett. Cameron Tootle and the defense also got off to a good start in the scrimmage.
"We've definitely taken a step in terms of commitment from our players," Hardy said. "We know the effort it takes and the focus it takes. We had an excellent training camp. Last year we were wondering what AAAAA football was like. Now we know."
Central's players are much wiser than a year ago, too. They know head coach Todd Wofford's up-tempo offense well, and Wofford is pleased with an impressive crop of skill players. Versatile running back George Morris, who had a big game in a 35-20 scrimmage win over Duluth, is back along with quarterback Eman Westmoreland.
Wesleyan transfer Malachi Jones and Louis McGee bring big-play capability to the wideout spots.
"(McGee) had a really good game (in the scrimmage)," Wofford said. "Those other guys get a lot of attention so he should have some opportunities to make plays."
Last meeting: Central won 24-17 last year
Directions to Central Gwinnett High School: (From I-85, take Sugarloaf Parkway exit and go east to Ga. Highway 29. Turn left on Highway 29 and school is on the right at Gwinnett Drive.