BREAKDOWN: Duluth at Mill Creek

Cedrick Long

Cedrick Long

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 4-5, 2-4 region

Last week: Lost to North Gwinnett 44-14

Mill Creek hawks (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Shannon Jarvis

Record: 4-5, 1-5 region

Last week: Lost to Peachtree Ridge 35-20

Two teams with very similar goals and head coaches with the same last name meet tonight at Mill Creek Community Stadium, hoping to end the season on a high note.

The Wildcats are after the program's first .500 season since 2003 and only the third since 1996, while the Hawks are hoping to ease the pain of a season that started with promise, but bogged down from five losses by an average of less than 10 points each, including three by a touchdown or less.

"We want to send our seniors out on a winning note," Duluth coach Corey Jarvis said. "They've worked so hard trying to get our program turned around. And the underclassmen look at it as making the next step so that next year, we can play (better) with some of the better teams in the region."

Accordingly, emotions figure to be pretty high.

"This is not going to be a consolation game," Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis said. "It's another typical Region 7-AAAAA game. I'm sure it means a lot to (Duluth), and I know it means a lot to us."

Both teams feature plenty of offensive firepower, with two of the region's more multi-talented quarterbacks in the Wildcats' Anfornee Stewart and the Hawks' John Russ.

But it may come down to defensive playmakers like Duluth's Cedrick Long and Mill Creek's Kelsey Griffin that may prove to be the difference.

Last meeting: Mill Creek won 34-23 last year

Directions to Mill Creek High School: From I-85, take the Hamilton Mill Road exit and go east. At the immediate light, turn left on Ga. Highway 124/Braselton Highway. School is approximately three miles ahead on the left.