BREAKDOWN: Duluth at Peachtree Ridge

Carl Beachum

Carl Beachum

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 4-3, 2-2 region

Last week: Beat Meadowcreek 30-0

Peachtree Ridge Lions (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Mark Fleetwood

Record: 6-1, 4-0 region

Last week: Beat Norcross 41-14

Duluth stayed in the Region 7 playoff chase last week with a victory over winless Meadowcreek. Now the Wildcats face the the hottest team in the region in Peachtree Ridge. The Lions are tied for first place in the region after a win over Collins Hill on the final play and delivering a beating to Norcross the last two weeks.

"They are an explosive ball club," Duluth head coach Corey Jarvis said. "Offensivley and defensively they are really athletic. They've got a good football team."

The Lions have a triplet of offensive weapons with QB Billy Best, running back DiAndre Atwater and receiver Joe Horn. The emergence of running back Walden Davis and receivers Myron Burton, Darien Horn and Ahmad Harris have also helped the offense.

"I'm concerned with stopping them period," Jarvis said. "They make a lot of big plays."

Darnell Hart posted 11 tackles (four for losses) and Carl Beachum had 10 stops (three for losses) in last week's win. Duluth is expected to get quarterback Anfernee Stewart back after the senior missed the last three games with an ankle injury.

"Their quarterback is good and they've got a couple of running backs that are really fast. Duluth is a good football team," Peachtree Ridge head coach Mark Fleetwood said. "They have the ability to beat anyone in our region. It doesn't matter who you are playing, you can't afford to lose in this region."

Peachtree Ridge has secured a playoff spot, but Duluth still needs to win two of its next three games to make the postseason.

Last meeting: Peachtree Ridge won 35-14 last year

Directions to Peachtree Ridge High School: From I-85, take the Old Peachtree Road exit and go west. School is roughly two miles ahead on the right.