Lanier Longhorns (non-region)
Coach: Billy Wells
Record: 5-2 (2-1 varsity)
Last week: Beat North Gwinnett JV 7-0
River Ridge Knights (non-region)
Coach: Robert Braucht
Last week: Beat Towns County 42-6
River Ridge's patient track to region competition means that it isn't Lanier's typical non-region foe. The Knights are in their fourth season of non-region play, allowing ample time to build the program before stepping up to the next level.
"They've only lost one game this season against varsity schools and a lot of their games have been blowouts," Lanier head coach Billy Wells said of River Ridge.
The Longhorns don't have a four-year window like River Ridge. They are in their second year of non-region play, meaning their competition will be much tougher beginning in 2012. But Lanier has made great strides toward that goal this season, going 5-2 overall and 2-1 in varsity play (with the lone loss to Mountain View). It defeated previously unbeaten North Gwinnett's JV squad last week.
"Once our kids got a taste of what it was like to play on Friday nights, that became their focus," Wells said.
Lanier is without standout lineman Brian Krause, who is likely out for the season with an injury. But Wells still has plenty of confidence with his lines, led by two-way contributor Chauncey West. Jesse Landers and Ricky Viengxay have played well lately on defense, while Kevin Clark has done a nice job in place of injured tailback Donte Borders. Borders, the team's leading rusher, is back this week.
Last meeting: First meeting
Directions to River Ridge High School: I-85 south to I-285 west to Ga. Hwy. 400 north. Take exit 7B/Holcomb Bridge Road exit toward Roswell. Continue on East Crossville Road, turn right on Mansell Road and left on Houze Road. Continue on Ga. Hwy. 140/West Arnold Mill Road. Turn left on Arnold Mill Road and school is on the right.