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Gwinnett takes on state in 7-on-7 tourney

File Photo Central Gwinnett's Eman Westmoreland will lead his team into today's Gwinnett vs. Georgia 7-on-7 Challenge.

File Photo Central Gwinnett's Eman Westmoreland will lead his team into today's Gwinnett vs. Georgia 7-on-7 Challenge.

When it comes to high school football in Georgia, there is Gwinnett County and then everyone else.

At least that's been the case the last two years with Gwinnett teams Brookwood and Grayson winning Class AAAAA state titles.

Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford is giving the state a shot at Gwinnett teams today in the inaugural Gwinnett vs. Georgia 7-on-7 Challenge.

The event will feature some of the county's top teams against some of the best in Georgia.

"Basically, everyone has this preconceived notion that Gwinnett has the best teams in the state," Wofford said. "It kind of fires up the other teams in the state. The Gwinnett teams, we're trying to prove we are the best in the state."

Central Gwinnett, North Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Mill Creek, Buford, Norcross and Meadowcreek will represent Gwinnett. North is the three-time defending Region 7-AAAAA champ, Collins Hill reached the semifinals two years ago and Buford has won four of the last five Class AA state titles.

Kell, Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, Jefferson County, Alpharetta and Centennial are the opposing teams.

Gainesville went to the Class AAA semis and ELCA did in Class A last year, Flowery Branch was a state quarterfinalist and the remaining teams were playoff participants.

Those teams will bring some of the state's top college prospects.

Kell's Brendan Langley is one of the state's best defensive backs with offers from every SEC school.

Alpharetta QB Joshua Dobbs has more than a dozen scholarship offers along with receiver Carlos Burse from several SEC schools.

Flowery Branch cornerback Darius Curry is highly recruited, linebacker Kristopher Smith has drawn college offers along with cornerback Noel Padmore.

"Every team has two or three elite players on it," Wofford said. "It gives schools a chance to start the summer by facing some good competition."

Some of Gwinnett's top players will be on hand as well. Central linebacker Trey Johnson has committed to Auburn. Norcross' Alvin Kamara is one of the state's top running backs and cornerback Shon Akins has committed to Cal.

North Gwinnett running back Donnie Miles is headed to North Carolina.