JOHNS CREEK - Parkview lost a tough season opener last week. Jay Davis and Kalik Barnes would not let the team go 0-2.
The pair worked well on a key scoring drive to lift Parkview (1-1) to a 16-7 win over Chattahoochee (1-1) Friday night in Johns Creek.
"It was high and low, there were some really, really good spots and some really bad spots, we are maturing day by day," Parkview coach Cecil Flowe said of his team's effort.
One of those bad spots was a 74-yard punt return touchdown by Chattahoochee receiver Kevin Martin, fortunately for the Panthers it was called back due to an illegal block in the back.
After stopping Chattahoochee, Parkview running back Christian Newsome, who gained 37 yards on 11 carries, got the scoring underway in the second quarter with a quick nine-yard dash around the right corner to give his team the early lead. The score was set up by a 45-yard completion between Barnes and receiver Colby Smith.
Parkview got another big play, this time from its special teams as the Panthers blocked a Chattahoochee field goal attempt in the final minutes of the opening half.
The Parkview defense was stout, yielding just 28 total yards and two first downs in the first half. Panther kicker Matt Johnson hit a 30-yard field goal early in the second half and the defense kept up its play, allowing just one first down in the third quarter.
Chattahoochee got back into the game in the final quarter after quarterback Timmy Byerly faked a handoff and ran it in from 32 yards out to cut Parkview's lead to 10-7.
After a quiet first half, Davis, who caught five passes for 98 yards, provided a response to that drive; snagging a 35-yard dart from Barnes to give his team its final margin of victory.
Davis caught four balls on the drive including a key 28-yard catch-and run that put Parkview in position to score
"Jay Davis has been outstanding ... Jay was really the playmaker that kept us in the ballgame." Flowe said.
Barnes passed for 163 yards on the day on eight completions.