BREAKDOWN: Wheeler at Meadowcreek

Wheeler Wildcats (5-AAAAA)

Coach: Michael Collins

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to South Cobb 29-28

Meadowcreek Mustangs (7-AAAAA)

Coach: Deario Grimmage

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to Berkmar 31-8

Meadowcreek head coach Deario Grimmage saw some improvements in his team in last week’s loss. The Mustangs had a rare offensive touchdown and moved the ball into the red zone seven times.

“I think that we can build off of that,” Grimmage said. “It’s some growing pains we’re going through right now. We’ll just continue to build.”

The bad news was turnovers. Meadowcreek has turned the ball over more than 10 times in its first two games.

It’s a flaw they can’t afford tonight against Wheeler.

“We can’t continue to turn the ball over,” Grimmage said.

The turnovers have put the defense in tough spots, but Grimmage feels the unit has responded nicely. Linebacker Alex Steele recored a safety, while Julean Harris, Darryl DeWindt and Chris Herndon have also shined.

“I thought the defense played pretty good. They were put in a lot of bad situations,” Grimmage said.

The defense will try to slow down a Wheeler offense that put up 28 points in last week’s loss. The Wildcats have lost nine in a row since beating Meadowcreek last year.

“Wheeler is a better team than they were last year,” Grimmage said. “They run the spread option similar to Berkmar in some ways. Coach (Michael) Collins has done a tremendous job with them.”

Last meeting: Wheeler won 16-0 last year

Directions to Meadowcreek High School: From I-85, go east on Beaver Ruin Road to Steve Reynolds Boulevard and turn right. School is on the right.