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PREVIEW: Duluth at North Gwinnett

Duluth's Tyler Campbell

Duluth's Tyler Campbell

Duluth Wildcats (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Corey Jarvis

Record: 2-3, 1-2 region

Last week: Beat Meadowcreek 52-6

North Gwinnett Bulldogs (7-AAAAAA)

Coach: Bob Sphire

Record: 3-1, 1-1 region

Last week: Had a bye

Duluth head coach Corey Jarvis knows his team has to beat someone they are not supposed to defeat if the Wildcats want to make the playoffs.

Duluth will get its chance Friday when it travels to No. 9-ranked North Gwinnett.

“We’ve always talked about having a signature game,” Jarvis said. “North is a great program. Coach (Bob) Sphire does a great job. They know we have to beat a good program for a chance to go to the playoffs.”

Duluth has not defeated North Gwinnett since 1995 when this year’s seniors were just toddlers. The Wildcats have scored 21 points in the last five meetings, but Sphire knows Duluth has some playmakers who can score.

“They’ve got some game breakers, they’ve got some speed,” Sphire said. “They’ve got some exciting big-play guys.”

Tyler Campbell rushed for 195 yards and thew for 48 yards and one TD last week.

The Duluth offense will face one of the county’s stingiest defenses led by linebacker Carter Cross.

“They tackle really well. Those kids are tackle machines on defense,” Jarvis said. “They are really aggressive on defense.”

North is coming off a bye week and Friday's game will be their third in 34 days.

“We need to come out of the bye week really playing well and build some momentum,” Sphire said.

Last meeting: North Gwinnett 44-14 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.