PREVIEW: Duluth at Habersham Central

Duluth's Jordan Dandridge

Duluth's Jordan Dandridge

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 2-5, 1-4 region

Last week: Lost to Mill Creek 56-21

Habersham Central Raiders (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Stuart Cunningham

Record: 1-7, 1-5 region

Last week: Lost to North Gwinnett 44-6

It’s been 19 years since Duluth and Habersham Central played each other. Both teams were in the same Region 8-AAAA north sub-region back in the early 90s.

The two teams meet again Friday night with Duluth trying to post a .500 record for the first time since 2003.

“If we play undisciplined it’s going to be difficult to win,” Duluth head coach Corey Jarvis said. “They run that old wishbone type offense. We feel like we’ve done a good job coaching it this week. They have a good ball club.”

Habersham’s only victory is over winless Meadowcreek.

“They’ve got some big kids,” Jarvis said. “Up front on defense, the noseguard has given some teams trouble. You can tell they are well coached.”

Will Delorenzo returned to play quarterback last week after missing games with an injury. He’ll split time with Thad Bell.

Whoever is under center will have the luxury of throwing to Jordan Dandridge and Myles Campell. Dandridge had nine catches for 181 yards and a touchdown in last week’s game.

“Jordan has made some plays for us this year,” Jarvis said. “Teams focus on Myles and he’s a good compliment to him and runs good routes.”

Duluth is expecting the return of defensive lineman Amari Barrett and safety Louis Cole, who have been out with injuries.

Last meeting: Habersham Central won 16-10 in 1993

Directions to Habersham Central High School: I-85 north to I-985 north, which turns into Highway 365. Get off on Clarksville exit, or Highway 197 and go toward Clarksville. At stop sign, turn right and school is on right