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PREVIEW: Grayson at Berkmar

Grayson's Cory Schaeffer

Grayson's Cory Schaeffer

Grayson Rams (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Mickey Conn

Record: 5-1 (3-1)

Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 52-0

Berkmar Patriots (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Jonathan Sanks

Record: 1-4 (0-3)

Last week: Lost to South Gwinnett 61-14

Since his arrival at Berkmar, Jonathan Sanks does honesty right and when asked about his foe in Grayson this week, he first just chuckled.

Even as Sanks continues to build the Berkmar program, he lacks certain things great football teams need. Namely, depth. Against South Gwinnett last week, the Patriots played five junior varsity players on defense and allowed 61 points.

“When our ones go down, we don’t have any depth,” Sanks said. “We had those JV guys out there. It looked 10 times worse with the JV guys.”

Before the track meet versus the Comets began, Berkmar briefly led 14-6, a truth long forgotten all those scores later. They should return Isiah Mitchell and Jamal Wise this week to face a Grayson team that flashed some passing in last week’s win over Central Gwinnett.

Grayson’s Cory Schaeffer caught five balls for 93 yards including a 61-yard touchdown pass from David McTier.

“They are trying to get ready for the playoffs,” Sanks said. “In the playoffs you can’t be one-dimensional.”

At Berkmar, the team is just trying to get better, even when faced with a team as strong as Grayson.

“We are just going to keep doing what we’re doing,” Sanks said. “At every position it looks like they have a grown man and we have adolescents over here. There were playing like they were (angry against Central). That’s not good for the Berkmar Patriots.”

Last meeting: Grayson won 56-6 last year.

Directions to Berkmar High School: From I-85, go east on Pleasant Hill Road; school is on the right just before Ga. Highway 29.