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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Defense steps up in second half for Parkview

Parkview running back Chris Carson (23) runs the ball past Shiloh linebacker Temi Ibisanmi (47) during the game played at Parkview last Friday night.

Parkview running back Chris Carson (23) runs the ball past Shiloh linebacker Temi Ibisanmi (47) during the game played at Parkview last Friday night.

Just how much did momentum switch locker rooms at halftime of Parkview's 20-7 win over South Gwinnett on Friday night at Richard Snell Stadium?

The numbers tell it all.

After being outgained 208-139 with only six first downs to South's 12 in the first half, the Panthers turned it around in the second.

Parkview rolled up 197 total yards with 10 first downs, with Chris Carson picking up and held the Comets to just 117 yards and three first downs.

But it was just as much a story for the Panther defense as it was the offense, especially with several players taking up the slack after starting linebacker Patrick Flowe was lost to a wrist injury midway through the first quarter.

His replacement, junior Brian Miller, earned particular praise from head coach Cecil Flowe.

"(Patrick) is done for a little while, but Brian Miller stepped up and played great in his spot," the elder Flowe said. "And the defense rallied around him."

Moon steps up for Broncos

Brookwood's powerful running game was a huge part of Friday's 56-14 win over Central Gwinnett, but so was the play of first-year starting quarterback Zach Moon.

The junior completed 5 of 9 passes for 158 yards, throwing three long touchdown passes for Christopher Dancy, Jamaal Cole and Nick Tompkins.

"(Moon) was consistent and threw those two deep balls (to Dancy and Cole) well," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. "He stepped up and played his best game by far."

Prior to Friday, Moon had thrown for just 309 yards and one TD in four games.

Jones out with injury

Central Gwinnett senior Malachi Jones, the county's leading receiver entering Friday's games, injured his hand on a hit early in the second quarter of a 56-14 loss to Brookwood and didn't return.

Jones had four catches for 30 yards prior to sitting out the rest of the game. He now has 32 catches for 492 yards and eight TDs on the season.

Welcome back, Russ

Mill Creek quarterback John Russ missed last week's game with a concussion and the senior had a foggy start against Norcross on Friday.

It wasn't until the senior's 38-yard run on the Hawks' third possession that Russ was back to his old self. The three-year starter was 12 of 21 passing for 144 yards and two touchdown passes. His only major blemish was an interception on the Hawks' final possession. Russ also had 76 yards rushing.

When Russ missed last week's game, it was the first time since 2007 that Russ didn't start at quarterback. Older brother Ed Russ started during the 2008 season.

'Firsts' don't mar Buford win

More than midway through the season, top-ranked Buford endured a few first in Friday night's 35-7 win over Region 6-AA foe Lovett at Tom Riden Stadium.

Lovett defensive back Mason Marsteller's interception of Sam Clay in the first quarter was the first interception of a Buford pass this season. Wolves quarterbacks had thrown 51 passes over the first five games without being picked off.

Buford had also allowed just two touchdowns all season before Friday, with those two coming in the closing seconds of a blowouts against second and third string reserves.

The bulk of Buford's starting defense was in the game early in the fourth and Lovett's TD was the first points allowed this season by Buford's starting unit this season.

Of course, it still didn't matter as the Wolves rolled to their 19th straight win dating back to a 14-0 loss to Carver-Columbus on Sept. 3, 2010.

-- Sports Editor Will Hammock, staff writers Ben Beitzel, Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander and senior correspondent Scott Smith contributed to this report