Meadowcreek Mustangs (7-AAAAAAA)
Coach: Jason Carrera
Record: 3-6, 2-3
Last week: Lost to Parkview 61-21
Norcross Blue Devils (7-AAAAAAA)
Coach: Keith Maloof
Record: 4-5, 4-1
Last week: Beat Brookwood 27-22
Though it is too late to keep playoff hopes alive, Meadowcreek would like to end the season — and the careers of a senior class that includes leaders like Quincy Bonner, Ata Hassan and Ola Salimonu and has accounted for the most successful three-year period the program has enjoyed in three decades — on a positive note.
“It’s been frustrating when you’ve been able to (be competitive with an opponent) for the first quarter or first half and then go backwards,” Mustangs coach Jason Carrera said. “We want to play 48 (full) minutes, get our alignment right and send our seniors out the way they should sent out.
“Obviously, we’ve got to stop (Norcross’) running game, and that won’t be easy because we’ve also got to know where (Jaylen Green) is. As balanced as they’ve been on offense, we’ve got to be balanced (on defense) as well.”
Indeed, the Blue Devils have shown plenty of offensive balance since the beginning of region play thanks to weapons like Green, quarterback Mason Kaplan and a variety of running backs.
And they’ve added another dimension since Trey Goodman moved from being a co-starter at quarterback to receiver and keeping opposing defenses guessing by contributing with this hands, his legs and occasionally his arm, skills that could be very useful heading into the postseason.
“He’s a special player,” Norcross coach Keith Maloof said of Goodman after last week’s win over Brookwood, which locked down the region’s No. 2 seed and a first-round home game. “Once he knew he wasn’t the guy at quarterback, we made him a receiver, and he’s done some good things to show his talent.
“We’ve got to step it up this week against Meadowcreek and be clean and go into the playoffs with some momentum.”
Last meeting: Norcross won 42-10 last year
Location: Norcross High School