LILBURN - For the second week in a row Grayson did not lead going into the fourth quarter. But Ean Pemberton and the Rams' offense made sure that wasn't the case by the end of the game.
Pemberton and Devin Gillespie scored fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the No. 2-ranked Rams to a 33-27 win over Parkview on Friday.
"Once we figured out some things we were able to move the ball and Ean was great on that little toss play," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "We had to play two sophomore running backs tonight and Devin Gillespie, what a run he had."
Grayson (5-0, 3-0) trailed South Gwinnett 16-14 in the fourth quarter two weeks ago before it used two TDs for the win. The scenario played out again against Parkview.
With the game tied 20-20, Pemberton scored on a 15-yard run. Then Aaron Nichols intercepted Parkview's Kalik Barnes. On the next play, Gillespie went 60 yards around the left side with the help of a Phillip Dickerson pancake block to spring the touchdown.
"It was 38 Jet and I kicked out the corner and Devin took it to the house," Dickerson said. "We've been there before and knew we had to score."
Pemberton led Grayson with 96 yards rushing, while Gillespie had 87 yards.
Parkview (3-2, 2-1) tried to mount a late comeback, but the first attempt ended when Barnes threw his third interception of the game and second to Kori Gaines. Gaines, a BYU commitment, leads the county in picks with six.
"Kori is back there radaring the quarterback, making plays," Conn said. "I can't say enough about his effort."
Parkview added a late score in the final minute when Barnes threw a 34-yard TD pass to Jay Davis. Grayson recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the win.
"We grew up. We played hard," said Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe, who missed two days practice this week and his father Carl died on Thursday. "We played the No. 2 team in the state, No. 6 in the nation toe-to-toe. We came back from a deficit, got the game 20-20."
Grayson scored on four of its five first-half possessions to take a 20-6 halftime lead.
Grayson needed just one play to score on its second possession of the game. Quarterback Patrick Santry scored on a 39-yard run when he kept the ball on the option to put the Rams up 7-0.
The Rams used the quick score again when Pemberton scored on a 25-yard run to put Grayson ahead 14-0.
Austin Clark kicked 23- and 41-yard field goals, was 3 of 4 on PATs and had five touchbacks on kickoffs.
"We had a couple of letdowns and they are good," Flowe said. "When you let down against a team like that they are going to get loose and score and they did."
Parkview got on the scoreboard in between field goals with a 57-yard touchdown catch by Christian Newsome. Barnes was in the grasp of Grayson's Robert French when he completed the ball downfield to Newsome, who broke two tackles for the score.
Barnes was 21 of 39 for 315 yards with three TDs and three INTs. Davis was his leading receiver with seven catches for 90 yards and Newsome had four for 86 yards.
Parkview had two big scoring drives in the second half to tie the game.
Barnes completed five straight passes to Marquis Webb (6-62) on an 11-play, 65-yard scoring drive. Raphael Kirby scored on a one-yard run to make it 20-13.
The Panthers' defense came up with a big stop on the next series, stopping Grayson on fourth down at midfield. Matt Johnson and Joe Anderson had 12 tackles each, Kirby added 10 and Julian Vann and Kenny Flowers had eight each.
Barnes hooked up with Davis in the end zone for the touchdown to tie the game 20-20 before the end of the third quarter.
"I think we need to do a better job defensively against the pass," Conn said. "We've got to work on getting pressure to the quarterback and doing a better job defensively against it."
Grayson regained the lead with Pemberton's and Gillespie's touchdown runs to put the game away.
"I felt good about how we played," Flowe said. "They've been blowing everybody out and we fought them tooth and nail."