PREVIEW: Meadowcreek at Norcross

Norcross's Tommy Tate

Norcross's Tommy Tate

Meadowcreek Mustangs (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Deario Grimmage

Record: 0-9, 0-7 region

Last week: Lost to Peachtree Ridge 62-0

Norcross Blue Devils (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Keith Maloof

Record: 9-0, 7-0 region

Last week: Had a bye

Norcross and Meadowcreek are on opposite ends of the Region 7-AAAAAA standings. The Blue Devils have locked up the region title, are undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the state. The Mustangs are winless this season.

Despite the contrast in records, Norcross head coach Keith Maloof knows his team is in for a challenge Friday night.

“They are playing hard,” Maloof said. “Coach (Deario) Grimmage is trying his best over there. He has them playing hard. They know what they are doing, they’ve just had some bad luck.”

Meadowcreek hasn’t won a game since 2008, but the Mustangs have shown improvement this season. Their 73 points this year is the most since 2008. The emergence of Ryan Moore at running back has helped the offense.

Meadowcreek will face a stingy defense that has allowed just nine points in the last two games.

Lorenzo Carter and Jahmal Jones are two of the county leaders in sacks, while Tommy Tate leads the team in tackles.

Last meeting: Norcross won 48-21 last year

Directions to Norcross High School: From I-85, go west on Beaver Ruin Road to Buford Highway and turn right. At the next light, turn left on Langford Drive. Cross Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and turn left on Spalding Drive. School is on the left.