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High School Football Predictions

Building for the future, Duluth's Wildcats picked to win and finish .500.

Every week, I pick high school football games that are played in Patch coverage areas from Cumming to Stone Mountain.

Check out this week's predictions, then let us know how you think your team will fare in the comment box below ... if you dare.

Last week’s best picks: West Forsyth 30, Roswell 14 (actual score, West Forsyth 35, Roswell 14); Tucker 54, Lithonia 7 (actual score, Tucker 50, Lithonia 7).

Last week’s worst picks: Lambert 24, Rome 20 (actual score, Rome 16, Lambert 0); Parkview 28, Archer 17 (actual score, Archer 40, Parkview 16).

Last week's record: 18-6. Overall record: 181-48-1.

Are you ready for another round of picks?

Duluth at Mill Creek: A 2-0 start for the Duluth Wildcats (4-5) has turned into a season of unrealized goals. The ‘Cats, as talented as they seem to be, just couldn’t keep up the momentum (the time lost to injury by quarterback Anfornee Stewart didn’t help). But that’s what life is like in Region 7-AAAAA, certainly the toughest football region north of Valdosta. Stewart is back, which is great, but Friday’s game against Mill Creek (4-5), another team that fell short of its goals, is simply for bragging rights. Here’s to the Wildcats building for next season. Duluth 21, Mill Creek 20.

at : The biggest game of the season in Region 7-AAAAA occurs when North Gwinnett Bulldogs hosts the Peachtree Ridge Lions. The winner gets the region title and a No. 1 seed for the state playoffs. The teams mirror each other. Both can score quickly in dynamic ways — passing and running — and have big-play skills on defense, too. Both are on eight-game winning streaks.The only thing missing is a hip-hop video (there's still time). So, how do we distinguish the two programs? Lean on history. North has a 6-1 record all-time against the Lions. It has won the last two games by an average of 16 points. And the Bulldogs are at home. North Gwinnett 35, Peachtree Ridge 32.

Scott Bernarde is the Associate Regional Editor for 12 Patch sites in Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

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