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PREVIEW: Duluth at Mountain View

Duluth's Blaise Burroughs.

Duluth's Blaise Burroughs.

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 3-6, 2-5 region

Last week: Lost to Collins Hill 40-0

Mountain View Bears (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Doug Giacone

Record: 3-6, 2-5 region

Last week: Lost to North Gwinnett 49-7

The Wildcats and Bears enter Friday's season finale with almost identical results and a very identical goal — to end the year on a high note and build momentum for next year.

For Duluth, there is another big psychological goal in trying to maintain the level of the program in its long climb towards playoff contention with a third straight 4-6 campaign.

“We kind of discussed that with our kids after (last week’s loss to) Collins Hill. We said we don’t want to take a step back, and we want to send our seniors out on a high note,” Duluth head coach Corey Jarvis said.

To do that, the Wildcats will hope they have enough healthy playmakers, including Myles Campbell, whose status after suffering an ankle injury last week is still unknown.

They will also need an increased push from an offensive line led by junior tackle Blaise Burroughs to open up holes for those playmakers.

And it is the number of playmakers Duluth has that most concerns Mountain View coach Doug Giacone.

“I think big plays (are key),” the first-year coach said. “(Duluth has) a lot of of weapons that are capable of taking it to the house if they get an open seam.”

The Bears are looking to cap their season with a milestone of its own — namely the best record in their three varsity seasons, and thus sending seniors like running back Marvin Elam and quarterback Charlie Bartlett out winners.

Last meeting: Duluth won 28-20 last year

Directions to Mountain View High School: From Ga. Hwy. 316, go north on Ga. Hwy. 20 and bear right on Ga. Hwy. 124. Turn left on Sunny Hill Road and school is on the right.