As the 2018 season draws nearer practically every team prepares to leave the gate with a quest for the state championship. Some will stress perfection, after all a 15-0 record guarantees a state title. How many times have we heard the saying "It's not how you start, but how you finish." The North Gwinnett Bulldogs started the 2017 season with a gut-wrenching defeat, but still made it to the state final. A game that wasn't played in its originally intended location. Sure, Bill Stewart's team would have enjoyed playing at Mercedes Benz Stadium, but getting to play on their home field and claiming a thrilling 19-17 win over Colquitt County seemed like an even greater reward. It was a chilly Football Friday in Georgia that saw the Bulldogs lifting the trophy at the end of a showdown that was seen on G P B.