Shiloh's Stephen Weatherly (9) catches a pass over South Gwinnett's Nicholas Hylton (9) during Friday's game.
Brian Montgomery has gotten a quick history lesson of the Shiloh football program in the last week.
The first-year Generals coach beat South Gwinnett last Friday and as he walked off the field someone told him it was the first win over the Comets since 2000.
Montgomery got another fact on Monday in his mailbox at school. Someone left him a series history with Friday's opponent Parkview in his box. The matchup has been lopsided with Parkview winning the last 19 meetings.
"I wasn't surprised," Montgomery said. "Parkview has had some dominant teams. I just didn't realize how long this series has been going on. That would be great to come out with a positive outcome."
The Region 8-AAAAA win over South Gwinnett last week put the Generals (1-2, 1-0 Region 8-AAAAA) at the top of the standings for the first time since 1998. Shiloh won't get long to enjoy the win as it goes on the road to play a Parkview (0-2, 0-0) team it hasn't beat in 20 years.
"We're trying to prepare for Parkview right now," Montgomery said. "It's hard to celebrate in this league. It's one tough game after another."
Shiloh started the year 0-2 thanks to a slew of penalties and turnovers,
"If we don't have penalties or turn it over then we've got a chance,"Montgomery said. "The first two games we probably led the state in interceptions."
The Generals had three INTS in their Game 1 loss to Newton and two against Tift. They had zero against South.
"We were basically beating ourselves," Montgomery said.
Donald Clark emerged as the Generals' playmaker with a 41-yard touchdown on a swing pass before the end of the half. He also had a 17-yard TD in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
"It was a good win for them," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said.
Flowe is very familiar with Shiloh. The county's longest active head coach has never lost to Shiloh with an 18-0 record.
"To look at Shiloh and say they are not an improved team is crazy," Flowe said. "It's not about having beat Shiloh in this number of years. It's about this year and this game."
Parkview had a bye last week and the Panthers are still searching for their first win after two non-region losses to top-10 teams. Parkview spotted Norcross 21 points in its loss two weeks ago.
"You've got to come out of the block and play well. We didn't drive the ball in the first quarter," Flowe said. "We've got to execute better and not give up big plays on defense."
Parkview allowed three touchdowns of 35 yards or more in its loss to Norcross. The big play is a concern for Flowe as the Panthers face a Shiloh team that has shown it's no longer an easy win.
"We're covering our own bases here," Flowe said. "We have to play hard. Anything can happen if you don't."