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Dacula at South Gwinnett preview

Andrew Buckmire

Andrew Buckmire

Dacula Falcons (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Tommy Jones

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to Collins Hill 21-13

South Gwinnett (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: John Small

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat Duluth 42-28

South Gwinnett tallied more than 400 yards of offense in last week’s 42-28 win against Duluth. The scary part is the Comets could have put up more yards and points.

“I thought we played well for 2 1/2 quarters,” South coach John Small said. “We got up 42-9 and let them come back. I wasn’t pleased with the way we finished.”

Freshman running back Antonio Woods rushed for 94 yards, quarterback Malik Brown threw two touchdowns and rushed for one and Isaiah Robinson added two scores as well.

“They have unbelievable speed,” Dacula head coach Tommy Jones said. “They have the ability to score on any play.”

The South defense also chipped in with the scoring last week. Linebacker Davion Harris and defensive back Andrew Buckmire each had interceptions returned for scores.

That doesn’t bode well for a Dacula team that’s still seeking a win this year. In its defense, it has played two playoff teams from Region 7 and was able to fight to keep the games close.

“They’ve been beat by two good football teams and they played them tight,” Small said. “They are not your typical 0-2 football team.”

Free safety Kevin Ficklin posted nine tackles and a 52-yard TD run in last week’s loss, while running back C.J. Mayes rushed for 125 yards.

“We’re happy with the effort and resiliency, but we’re making too many mistakes against great football teams,” Jones said.

Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 42-21 last year

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