The Bulldogs of North Gwinnett (Ga.) look to build on the success they had in 2009. After the season, many thought North Gwinnett was the second-best team in the state. Since their only loss was to eventual state champion Camden County in the state 4-A quarterfinals. Coach Bob Sphire has turned the Bulldog program completely around. Once known as the doormats of a football crazed county in Gwinnett, now they are the team everyone else is shooting for. Ranked #29 by Rivals.com, North Gwinnett will be looking to move up in the rankings with games this season against Bob Jones (Ala) and #13 ranked Crenshaw of Southern California.
Could North Gwinnett be in line for a perfect season? They’ve won 10 games each of the last four seasons, so that is not out of the question. It all starts with the coach and coaching staff. Coach Sphire is regarded as one of the top coaches in the southeast. Another good season and Sphire will be in line for a college assistant job. Watching a North Gwinnett practice, you notice there isn’t much wasted time or activity. On a hot day, value was placed on getting your work in and moving on to the next thing. Nobody will question the leadership and organization of Coach Sphire and his staff.
Offensively, North Gwinnett is led by quarterback CJ Uzomah. Uzomah checks in at 6’6″ and has a big quarterback body with the arm to match. He is getting a look from all the big programs and he should be. Protecting Uzomah will be lineman Manrey Saint-Amour, his pass blocking skills are excellent and his run blocking is improving. What more can you say about the North Gwinnett defense? Last season they gave up just over 10 points a game and they might be better in 2010. Brandon McGowan will anchor the defensive unit. McGowan is fielding scholarship offers and his stock should improve as the season moves on.
North Gwinnett opens up in the Corky Kell Classic against a tough foe from Cobb County, Ga., in the form of Lassiter. Look for North Gwinnett to advance far in this year’s playoffs.