Duluth at South Gwinnett preview

Evan Ubakanma

Evan Ubakanma

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Jason Conner

Record: 0-1

Last week: Lost to Berkmar 9-3

South Gwinnett Comets (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: John Small

Record: 0-1

Last week: Had a bye

Jason Conner’s head coaching debut didn’t work out like he wanted last week. Duluth lost to Berkmar 9-3 in a defensive battle. While the defense played well, Conner was disappointed in the offense.

“We felt like we had a complete lack of execution on offense and special teams,” Conner said. “Our defense played well enough to win the game.”

Defensive lineman Evan Ubakanma led the defense with six tackles and two sacks. Linebackers Amari Barrett and Cedric Long made six tackles each. The group will be relied on again to try and slow down South’s potent offense.

“When you look at South, you see athleticism all over the field, even on the offensive and defensive line,” Conner said. “The biggest thing is how balanced they are with the run and the pass.”

Freshman receiver Jaymest Williams was a bright spot for the Duluth offense with six catches for 76 yards.

“They’ve got some athletes that can run,” South Gwinnett head coach John Small said. “Their quarterback has a great arm and their wide receivers they can go vertical.”

The Comets were off last week after opening the season with a 34-21 loss to Florida’s Lincoln on Aug. 24. “I thought our guys played hard in the second half,” Small said. “I was pleased with that. They came back ready to work.”

South middle linebacker Chase Reed is out with an injury.

Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 37-21 last year

Directions to South Gwinnett High School: From Ga. Highway 78, go south on Skyland Drive. School is on the left