OK, so the totals don’t compare.
Parkview scored 47 points in its win last week over Shiloh, which seems like a bunch. Then you see South Gwinnett’s 62 against Central Gwinnett and that shine dulls the Panthers’ impressive outing.
SOUTH GWINNETT AT PARKVIEW
South Gwinnett Comets (8-AAAAA)
Coach: John Small
Record: 3-1, 2-0 region
Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 62-27
Parkview Panthers (8-AAAAA)
Coach: Cecil Flowe
Record: 1-2, 1-0 region
Last week: Beat Shiloh 47-7
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 14-10 last year
Directions to Parkview High School: From I-85, go east on Indian Trail Road until it becomes Killian Hill Road. Turn right on Arcado Road and then left on Cole Drive. School is on the left.
2009: South 14, Parkview 10
2008: Parkview 34, South 31
2007: South 20, Parkview 9
2006: Parkview 15, South 6
2005: Parkivew 21, South 6
2004: Parkview 36, South 22
2001: Parkview 17, South 14
2000: Parkview 17, South 14
But in many ways, Parkview’s offense came together more in its third game. Prior to their win over the Generals, the Panthers offense had scored a total of zero touchdowns in two opening losses of the season. The 14 points against Stephenson came from the defense, including opportunities in overtime designed to favor scoring. In Week 2, Norcross shut down the Panthers again.
“Our kids executed better,” Parkview coach Cecil Flowe said. “You’ve got to get to an understanding of what you are doing and when you do that, you can have some success. We just executed better.”
Flowe hopes the offensive coalescence of last week combines well with the tough non-region schedule as Parkview enters its second of eight Region 8-AAAAA games tonight.
“I scheduled good teams,” Flowe said. “We knew it was not going to be easy. But our region is tough and that is why you schedule good people. There are no weak sisters (in 8-AAAAA). There are good teams that you have to play for those playoff spots.”
South Gwinnett is one of those good teams. In a 3-1 start, the Comets average more than 44 points a game with an un-Comet-like balanced attack.
There is a toughness South’s coach John Small likes about his team.
“We are not just a finesse team,” he said. “We’ve been able to run the football. We’ve prided ourselves this year on having a tough mentality and being nasty up front.”
With an experienced offensive line, save for freshman left guard Darren Russell, the Comets have been able to use running backs Aaron Wimberly, who rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win, and Trevon Walker to keep defenses honest.
“The offensive line has played outstanding for us this year,” Small said. “They are kind of the ringleader of our team, offensively.”
They’ll have a tough task tonight. The Panthers have not allowed more than three touchdowns in a game and that number has dropped each week.
And they’ll be coming for South’s quarterback Kent Rollins.
“Rollins can really stand in there and dial it up,” Flowe said. “You can’t let him sit back there and pick at you. You’ve got to pressure him.”
Flowe admits that South will make plays.
“You don’t take a team like that and zero-yard them,” Flowe said.
Shutting them out is a challenge, too. That’s why the growing offense was a good sign for Parkview, which is trying to avoid consecutive losses to South Gwinnett for the first time since it lost four straight from 1989 to 1992. But the Comets have won two of the last three following a dominating 10-year Panthers win streak.
“We weren’t able to beat them for a long time,” Small said. “But our philosophy has been we look at ourselves. We are not going to get caught up in the persona of who we are playing. Hopefully, at the end of the night, our players are better than their players in terms of execution.”