North Gwinnett-Norcross: A Game of Political Football

Suwanee and Norcross mayors make a wager on the state title game.

Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette. (Credit: Steve Burns.)
Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette. (Credit: Steve Burns.)
Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson find themselves deeply divided on a hot Gwinnett issue -- the North Gwinnett-Norcross game Saturday (Dec. 14).

In fact, they are putting their loyalties to the ultimate test. The two mayors have made a friendly wager on the Class 6A title game, which will take place at the Georgia Dome at 8:30 p.m.

If North Gwinnett wins, Johnson will have to affix Suwanee's new logo to the front of his vehicle.

If Norcross wins, Burnette will have to display Norcross' "A Place To Imagine" on the front of his vehicle.

North Gwinnett losing is "not an option," Burnette said Thursday at a Friends of Suwanee luncheon at City Hall.

Burnette is a North Gwinnett graduate who remembers when the Bulldogs were not the power they have become under coach Bob Sphire.

"We played in so many homecoming games, I think we set a record," Burnette recalled.

Another attendee at the luncheon has torn loyalties -- new North Gwinnett High Principal Nathan Ballentine. He spent 13 years at Norcross before taking over North Gwinnett in November.

"I grew up with those (Norcross) coaches," Ballentine said at the luncheon, but he added that he's siding with the Bulldogs for this game.

-- So who's gonna win, North Gwinnett or Norcross? Tell us in the comments below.

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