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Central Gwinnett at South Gwinnett preview

Central Gwinnett's Adam Riley

Central Gwinnett's Adam Riley

Central Black Knights (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Todd Wofford

Record: 1-2, 1-0 region

Last week: Beat Berkmar 15-12

South Gwinnett Comets (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: John Small

Record: 1-3, 0-2 region

Last week: Lost to Shiloh 21-14

It’s been a stuttering start, offensively, for both Central and South Gwinnett.

For two teams set on scoring in bunches, the big points and explosive yards haven’t developed through the early part of this season. Just look at last week. Central won a game scoring 15 points and South lost, scoring just 14.

“The offense is a work in progress right now,” Central head coach Todd Wofford said.

Mostly Wofford’s changes, though vague, consist of changing his receiver rotations and placement on the field rather than wholesale changes and new players.

“We are both young offensively and trying to figure somethings out,” South head coach John Small said.

And the defense has done that for both teams. Shiloh needed a late scoring run to break through last week against the Comets.

“We have to get better in the last six minutes of the ball game,” Small said.

Central, which got two forced turnovers from Adam Riley last week, held off upstart Berkmar and gave the offense chances in the first two weeks.

“They are playing great and it’s great to see that effort over this four-year progression to have a pretty solid defense out there,” Wofford said.

In its win over Berkmar, Central found a new weapon in field goal kicker Ricky Ortiz. The junior hit field goals of 22 and 36 yards in the second half to salvage scoring drives by the offense.

Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 42-28 last year.

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