PREVIEW: Norcross at South Gwinnett

South Gwinnett's Jordan Ramey

South Gwinnett's Jordan Ramey

Norcross Blue Devils (7-AAAAAA)

-- Coach: Keith Maloof

-- 2011 Record: 8-3


South Gwinnett Comets (8-AAAAAA)

-- Coach: John Small

-- 2011 Record: 3-7


South Gwinnett was ravaged by injuries last year, including at quarterback where Jordan Ramey didn't start until the last game of the season.

Ramey, who was 8 of 8 for 150 yards in South's 45-13 scrimmage win over Mountain View, is back along with several other key players for the Comets.

"It was good to have everyone back on the field," South Gwinnett head coach John Small said. "It's a little different feeling going into the season opener with healthy kids."

The Comets will need everyone healthy on defense, including UGA commit Reginald Carter, to try and slow down Norcross running back Alvin Kamara.

The senior is the county's top returning rusher and is rated the state's No. 1 running back.

"He's a special player and has the ability to take it to the house and score," Small said. "You have to try to contain him. He's fun to watch on film. I hate we have to play him."

Quarterback Joseph Wilber also returns after throwing for 1,580 yards and 17 TDs last season and Myles Autry also gives the Blue Devils big play ability at RB/WR.

"We know we have a monumental task with Norcross coming to town," Small said. "They have the most speed I've ever seen since I've been here. Even the water girls are fast taking the water out."

South has its own weapons on offense with Ramey and backs Josh Boyd and Travon Davis.

"They are good, very athletic," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. "I know they didn't have the kind of year they wanted last year, so they are going to come out with a fury."

-- Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 49-28 in 2009

-- Directions to South Gwinnett High School: From Ga. Highway 78, go south on Skyland Drive. School is on the left. (Stadium info)