Mountain View's Nathan Payne

Mountain View Bears (6-AAAAAAA)

Coach: Rob Kellogg

Record: 4-5, 2-3

Last week: Lost to Collins Hill 27-0

Duluth Wildcats (6-AAAAAAA)

Coach: Cam Jones

Record: 1-8, 0-5

Last week: Lost to Discovery 34-0


Two teams with very differing goals square off Friday at Cecil Morris Stadium.

With very little to lose, the host Wildcats are looking to put everything on the line behind young playmakers like sophomore Lonnie Ratliff, and juniors Tyrik Sullivan and Jaiden Jones to try to come up with one more win and end the season on a high note.

“It’s definitely a challenge for everybody,” Duluth coach Cam Jones said. “We knew losing to Peachtree Ridge (on Oct. 18) took the opportunity for the (state) playoffs away/, so we’re having to pull from inside. We’ve been talking about pride. We knew the wins weren’t going to come overnight, so we’re looking for the positives and reinforcing the kids that are doing things the right way.”

Meanwhile, with the No. 4 playoff seed from the region already locked in, Mountain View’s goals are two-fold.

The Bears want to make sure key players like Garrett Spikes, Nathan Payne and Enoch Walters on offense and Jason Allen and Jacob Lund on defense are as well-rested and healthy as positive heading into the postseason, but also want to make sure they don’t lose their edge.

“The first thing we want to do is put ourselves in position to win the game,” Mountain View coach Rob Kellogg said. “Past that, we’re going to play it by ear. We were disappointed with last week. Collins Hill played great and definitely deserved to win, but we have to get better across the board.”

Last meeting: Mountain View won 48-0 last year

Location: Duluth High School

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