North Gwinnett Set To Kickoff 2022 Season With "Commitment To Excellence"
With the start of the 2022 Georgia High School Football season just days away, the North Gwinnett Bulldogs find themselves in familiar territory as they will once again open their season in the 31st Annual Corky Kell Classic. The Bulldogs will head to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday to take on the McEachern Indians, who they last faced in the Corky Kell back in 2020, defeating them 35-7.
During the 2021 campaign, North Gwinnett would wrap up the season at 6-6 overall and 2-2 in region play, advancing to the state playoffs, but would exit in the second round with a field goal loss to county rival, Brookwood. A loss that North Gwinnett head coach, Bill Stewart, says had the Bulldogs back to work at the beginning of 2022.
“I mean really, it’s all the way from January,” said of the Bulldogs beginning their preparations for this season adding “we got knocked out a little earlier than we wanted to and so that’s a long process leading up to this point”. And for North Gwinnett, the process included everything from weight lifting to fundraisers, all important aspects for the Bulldogs. “It’s just these little stepping stones all the way to this moment that we get to march out there in the Mercedes-Benz. That’s why it’s so great”.
And while this week, the Bulldogs will be focusing on their opponent in McEachern on Saturday, Stewart says that throughout the season “growth” will be an important area of focus. “We’re not where we want to be, but thank God we’re not where we used to be,” Stewart said, adding that it will be important for the Bulldogs to continue to work on all things from execution to shed blocking, especially for his younger players that will be called upon to be major contributors this season. “We know that, that process is going to happen and so it’s really that continued growth and commitment to excellence every day,” Stewart said.