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Meadowcreek at North Gwinnett preview

North’s Noah Lyman

North’s Noah Lyman

Meadowcreek Mustangs (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: George Pugh

Record: 0-2, 0-0 region

Last week: Had a bye

North Gwinnett Bulldogs (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Bob Sphire

Record: 3-0, 1-0 region

Last week: Beat Norcross 36-17

North Gwinnett has played arguably the toughest schedule in the state to start the season. The Bulldogs have wins over three of the last four state champions — Camden County, Grayson, Norcross — in the highest classification and all of them have been on the road. The 3-0 start has propelled North to a No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAAA and No. 25 in the nation by USA Today.

North has its home opener Friday against winless Meadowcreek, but that doesn’t mean the Bulldogs are taking them lightly. The Mustangs have lost 50 straight games dating back to 2008.

“We’re just working to get better every day,” North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire said. “Every day is a new day.”

Receiver Nate Brown, who committed to Missouri this week, had 10 catches for 179 yards and four touchdowns last week. All four TD came from North QB Hayden Sphire, who threw for 290 yards.

The defense held Norcross scoreless in the second half thanks to 13 tackles from Bobby Young. Carter Cross and Noah Lyman had five stops each.

Last meeting: North Gwinnett won 45-20 last year

Directions to North Gwinnett High School: From I-85, go west on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road until it becomes Suwanee Dam Road. School is on the right