North Gwinnett and McEachern both lost in the second round of the playoffs last year and are eager to get back on the field in this year’s Corky Kell Classic.
The Bulldogs have been rebuilding during the preseason, having lost all of their starting offensive linemen and most of their secondary and receiving corps. New starting QB Scotty Hosch will be key in leading the offense and is joined by Norcross transfer WR Chris Bolden. The Bulldogs’ 3-5 defense, however, is formidable, with a solid defensive front returning and extensive experience at the linebacker position.
Handling the environment and quality of play they’re going to face will be the toughest part of the game for the inexperienced team, according to head coach Bob Sphire. “I think McEachern’s athleticism is gonna be tough to handle,” he said.
The McEachern Indians, meanwhile, have some very strong players in their pistol offense, including three-year starter WR Amba Etta-Tawo (committed to Maryland) and OL Kofi Amichia (committed to South Florida). They have lost key players TE Rory Anderson and LB Marcquise Roberts, who both signed with South Carolina.
“North Gwinnett’s a really good program” said head coach Kyle Hockman. “They do a good job of spreading the ball around. We just have to be able to handle that. We’ll be preparing all the way to game time.”