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PREVIEW: Duluth at Norcross

Norcross' No. 2 Clinton Lynch

Norcross' No. 2 Clinton Lynch

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 1-2, 0-1 region

Last week: Lost to Peachtree Ridge 28-21

Norcross Blue Devils (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Keith Maloof

Record: 3-0, 1-0 region

Last week: Beat North Gwinnett 31-21

Backup quarterback Thaddeus Bell nearly led Duluth to a fourth-quarter comeback win against Peachtree Ridge last week. The sophomore will make his first start Friday against No. 3 ranked Norcross in place of injured starter Will DeLorenzo.

“(Bell) kind of reminds of (Anfornee) Stewart with his arm strength,” Duluth head coach Corey Jarvis said.

DeLorenzo hurt his shoulder in last week’s loss and came out in the third quarter. Bell threw two touchdown passes in the final minute to lead Duluth’s comeback attempt.

“He’s pretty athletic. He looked very comfortable,” Devils coach Keith Maloof said. “They are very explosive on offense. They’ve got guys that can make things happen.”

Bell will face a Norcross defense that intercepted two passes in last week’s win over North Gwinnett.

“They have what you want on defense. They are big and can run,” Jarvis said.

The Blue Devils have some of the county’s top skill players in quarterback Joseph Wilber and running backs Alvin Kamara and Myles Autry.

“They are fast, extremely fast,” Jarvis said. “Offensively, the Autry kid and the wide receivers are outstanding. I love Kamara. I coached him at the Junior Bowl and he’s a great kid.”

Jarvis also mentioned Clinton Lynch, who scored two TDs last week, is a threat at receiver.

“We’re not the team we need to be,” Maloof said. “We had 16 penalties. We have a lot to improve on. We still haven’t put four quarters together.”

Last meeting: Norcross won 35-14 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.