File Photo Shiloh's Trevon Jones runs the ball during a game earlier this season.
SHILOH AT SOUTH
Shiloh Generals (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: Troy Hobbs
Record: 3-0, 1-0 region
Last week: Beat Berkmar 19-7
South Gwinnett Comets (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: John Small
Record: 2-1, 1-0 region
Last week: Beat Dacula 42-21
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: Shiloh won 28-19 last year
Directions to South Gwinnett High School: From Ga. Highway 78, go south on Skyland Drive. School is on the left.
For 10 years, the Shiloh vs. South Gwinnett rivalry wasn't much of well, a rivalry.
The Comets dominated the series of the two Snellville schools that used to share a stadium.
That all changed last season when Shiloh won for the first time since 2000. The rivalry was rekindled and the two teams meet again Friday.
"They are looking for a little revenge from last year," first-year Shiloh head coach Troy Hobbs said.
Shiloh later had to forfeit the win after its former head coach violated the GHSA's policy on recruiting, but the loss still stings.
"What we went through last year is on this team's mind," South Gwinnett head coach John Small said. "We're working extremely hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. These kids are motivated and driven. They remember. They remember what they went through last year and don't want to let it happen again."
Hobbs has created a buzz around Shiloh that the community hasn't felt in years. The Generals are 3-0 for the first time since 1991. They won their region opener last week against Berkmar, putting them in a tie for first place in the region.
"They are 3-0. He's doing everything right, I guess," Small said.
Shiloh's first three opponents are a combined 2-6 this season and were 4-26 last year, so it hasn't been the stiffest competition to start the year.
South is coming off a 3-7 season, but reached the playoffs the previous two years. After a season-opening loss to state-ranked Norcross, the Comets have won their last two games.
"Like no other, this will be our biggest test this Friday," Hobbs said. "Coach Small has got them going in the right direction."
South running back Josh Boyd had another big game last week, rushing for 116 yards and two TDs. Receiver Bernard Morrison caught and threw a touchdown as well.
"They are a high-powered offense that can beat you in a whole of ways," Hobbs said.
Linebacker Reggie Carter continues to shine for the Comets after missing last year with a torn ACL. The UGA commit had 12 tackles, one for a loss, a sack and forced fumble. Jordan Daniels also had nine tackles and a pass break up.
"Defensively, they can run to the ball," Hobbs said. "When they get there they want to deliver a lick."
Shiloh's success has centered around its defense. The unit has allowed just 20 points through the first three games. The group was led last week by Austin Exford, who had 7 tackles, an interception for a touchdown and a punt block returned for a touchdown.
"The defense has been playing good," Hobbs said. "The offense is getting better. We've found a way to win on offensive side of the ball, defense and special teams."