Meadowcreek Mustangs (7-AAAAA)
Coach: Deario Grimmage
Record: 0-4, 0-1 region
Last week: Lost to Peachtree Ridge 55-6
North Gwinnett Bulldogs (7-AAAAA)
Coach: Bob Sphire
Record: 3-1, 1-0 region
Last week: Beat Collins Hill 34-10
North Gwinnett has two weeks until its big Region 7-AAAAA showdown with Norcross. North head coach Bob Sphire isn't letting his team look ahead to that game even if Friday night's contest is against winless Meadowcreek.
"You can't think about an opponent being too good or not good," Sphire said. "They need to be focused on getting better everyday."
Since losing to now No. 1 ranked McEachern on the final play in the season opener, North Gwinnett has been on a hot streak. The offense, which was supposed to be a concern with the graduation of so many starters, has averaged 37 points the last three games. Quarterback Scotty Hosch played a lot as a backup last season, but has settled nicely into the starting role this year. The senior is one of the county's top passers with 979 yards and seven TDs. Donnie Miles and Joe Jones bring a nice one-two punch in the backfield, but it's the offensive line's emergence Sphire has been most pleased with lately.
"Our offensive line has really started to come together with their timing," Sphire said.
Alex Stoehr has been the most consistent up front, while Austin Parker is a big physical guard. Evan Gholson has really emerged making calls at the line at center.
"They are a very sound football team. They don't make mistakes," Meadowcreek coach Deario Grimmage said.
Meadowcreek dropped to 0-4 on the season after losing to Peachtree Ridge last week. Grimmage has been pleased with the play of Rayquan Sam so far this year.
"It was a hard loss for us to swallow again," Grimmage said. "We have to keep the kids motivated and continue to get better each week."
Last meeting: North Gwinnett won 45-0 last year
Directions to North Gwinnett High School: From I-85, go west on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road until it becomes Suwanee Dam Road. School is on the right.