Hebron Christian Lions (5-A Private)
Coach: Stan Luttrell
Last week: Lost to North Cobb Christian 56-37
Elbert County Blue Devils (8-AA)
Coach: Shannon Jarvis
Last week: Beat Whitefield Academy 14-7
A familiar face for Gwinnett football fans is on the Elbert County sidelines this season, new head coach Jarvis. Jarvis began his coaching career in Gwinnett as a South Gwinnett assistant, then launched the Mill Creek program and coached there through the 2018 season. He was the Hawks’ athletic and activities director for the 2019-20 school year before returning to coach at Elbert, his alma mater.
His Blue Devils had a successful opener last Saturday, while Hebron had its ups and downs in an opening loss at North Cobb Christian. The biggest issue for the Lions was giving up 496 rushing yards, including 341 in the first half. They gave up TD runs of 77, 73 and 62 yards early to build a 21-7 deficit.
“This week we are looking to learn from our mistakes in our first game and really focus on execution and effort,” Luttrell said. “Coach Jarvis is in a similar situation as Elbert played their first game of the season last week against Whitefield Academy. Coach Jarvis is an excellent coach and doing a great job in his first year back home in Elbert County.”
While the defense needs a better outing, the Hebron offense racked up big numbers in Game 1. South Carolina-bound quarterback Colten Gauthier was 21 of 37 passing for 386 yards with three touchdowns, in addition to a rushing TD.
Jaiden Stowers had four receptions for 142 yards and two TDs, covering 59 and 63 yards. Jack Luttrell had 8 receptions for 144 yards.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: First meeting
Location: Granite Bowl, Elberton