BERKMAR PATRIOTS (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: Jonathan Sanks
Record: 1-3, 0-2 region
Last week: Had a bye
SOUTH GWINNETT COMETS (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: John Small
Record: 4-1, 3-0 region
Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 42-28
This game features another matchup between two athletic spread offenses that could lead to a shootout if those units click like they are capable.
The problem for the Patriots is that they have been less consistent in their production than the Comets, who have scored 31 or more points in each of the last four games.
“They kind of remind me of the ‘Greatest Show on Turf,’” Berkmar coach Jonathan Sanks said of South, referring to the St. Louis Rams teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s. “Their quarterback (Jordan Ramey) is a big kid who can step up in the pocket, and it seems like he has no fear. We’ve just got to try to confuse them and hopefully show some things they’re not comfortable with.”
Compounding Sanks’ fears are injuries to key players on his defense, which means others like team tackles leader Jaden Le will have to step up to limit the playmaking ability of South playmakers like Ramey, Josh Boyd and L.J. Gainey.
At the same time, South coach John Small sees a challenge for his defense, led by linebacker Reggie Carter, in a Berkmar offense that features its own set of playmakers like QB JaQuan Morris and receiver Dorren Miller.
“They’re going to give you lots of formations and they’ve got some good athletes everywhere,” Small said of the Patriots. “They’re very close each week to breaking through. They’re a scary team.”
Last meeting: South won 49-17 last year
Directions to South Gwinnett High School: From Ga. Highway 78, go south on Skyland Drive. School is on the left.