BREAKDOWN: Duluth at Alpharetta

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat Northview 55-21

Alpharetta Raiders (6-AAAAA)

Coach: Jason Dukes

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to Mill Creek 42-7

It takes someone who has been around Duluth a long time to appreciate what a 3-0 start would mean. The last time that happened for the Wildcats was in 1985, assistant coach Doby Rogers’ senior year. And it could repeat itself Friday when the surging Wildcats travel to Alpharetta.

“Our kids would look at 3-0 as a good sign that we will be a competitive team in our region,” second-year Duluth coach Corey Jarvis said.

Duluth was in good position for a 3-0 start last season, at least until the Alpharetta game. The Raiders whipped the Wildcats handily in Game 3.

“Our kids were upset about last year,” Jarvis said. “That was their first big ball game and we didn’t play worth a flip. We laid an egg really.”

The offense hasn’t been laying eggs of late. Quarterback Anfornee Stewart (211 passing yards, four TDs last week) and wideout/return Myles Campbell (302 total yards last week) continue to be playmakers. The offensive line, led last week by Mark Ruskell and Devonta Johnson, also has been impressive.

Duluth played much better in Game 2 after needing a late rally to beat Archer in the opener.

“I think we’re playing fairly well offensively,” Jarvis said. “We’re not making the mistakes with penalties like we did in the Archer game. And defensively, we’ve got a lot that we can improve on.”

Last meeting: Alpharetta won 44-17 last year

Directions to Alpharetta High School: Take Ga. Hwy. 120 to Ga. 400 north to Old Milton Parkway and turn right. Turn left at the third traffic light (North Point Parkway). The school’s side entrance is located on the right on North Point Parkway. The main entrance is located on Webb Bridge Road, just east of the North Point Parkway/Webb Bridge Road intersection.