SNELLVILLE - Behind Brandon Jacobs' 213 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Parkview clinched a berth in the Region 8-AAAAA playoffs Friday night by defeating Shiloh 35-0 at Shiloh Community Stadium.
Parkview (6-3, 5-2) will finish its regular season by hosting rival Brookwood Friday night in the hopes of gaining a first-round home playoff game.
Shiloh entered Friday's game a clear underdog, but its offense was undermanned with injuries to quarterback Mark Wright and running Sam Muse. Wright suffered a broken hand last week against South Gwinnett, forcing the Generals to start sophomore Derrick Butts at quarterback. The speedy Butts, however, threw three interceptions, including two deep in Parkview territory.
"It was our best defensive game of the year," said Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe. "We played four quarters of good, hard football. We played the kind of game we needed to play to be in the playoffs."
Parkview had little trouble moving the ball against the Generals, including the game's opening possession. Shiloh started strong, dropping Parkview's Jared Polak for an 11-yard loss on a screen pass on the Panthers' first play. But two plays later, on third-and-17, running back TaRon Squires ran 48 yards down the left sideline for the game's first score.
Butts threw his first interception on the Generals' first possession, with Allan Johnson making the pick at the Parkview 25 and returning it to the Panthers' 49. Parkview drove to Shiloh's 13, but Shiloh's defense stiffened, forcing a 33-yard field goal attempt by Adam Gustafson that was blocked by Shiloh's Jaron Acklin.
The Generals only got one first down before punting it away, and Parkview's Jacobs took over from there. From the Parkview 30, Jacobs ran the ball six straight times, scoring on a 18-yard scamper to put Parkview up 14-0.
On its next drive, Shiloh (4-6, 2-6) threatened to cut the lead in half when Butts ran 17 yards to the Parkview 30. But Johnson picked off Butts for the second time near the goal line, and Parkview drove 90 yards on nine straight running plays to go up 21-0 on a quarterback draw by Clayton Wilkin.
Shiloh had drives of 15 and 11 plays to open the second half, but neither drive ended with points. Parkview iced the game, and its region playoff spot, by stopping Shiloh on a fourth-and-2 at the Parkview 22 on Shiloh's first possession of the second half. Parkview needed only six plays to go 78 yards, with Jacobs scoring on a 1-yard run to make the score 28-0.
After driving to the Parkview 17 early in the fourth quarter, Butts threw his third interception. The Panthers used a 29-yard run by Jacobs to move the ball inside the Shiloh 10 before back-up quarterback Kalik Barnes scored the game's final TD on a 6-yard run.
In addition to Jacobs' 213 rushing yards, Squires had 103 yards on six carries. Eugene Glenn led Shiloh's rushers with 65 yards on 18 carries and also caught three passes for 52 yards. Butts finished with 8 of 19 for 90 yards.