Berkmar Patriots (8-AAAAA)
Coach: Jonathan Sanks
Record: 1-4, 0-3 region
Last week: Lost to Archer 42-0parkview panthers (8-AAAAA)nCoach: Cecil Flowe
Record: 2-2, 2-0 region
Last week: Beat South Gwinnett 20-7
The annual "Battle for the Green Flag" always brings out plenty of emotion between the two Lilburn rivals, though with the Panthers having won the last 11 meetings, the series has been too one-sided for coach Jonathan Sanks and the Patriots.
"Right now, it's Parkview's green flag," Sanks said. "You can only have a rivalry if you're competitive.
"We need to play the first and second quarters like we have the third and fourth," Sanks said. "We've got a lot of kids who haven't been in a varsity situation before. ... They don't understand how to put a full game together yet. We're struggling with that right now. One day, we'll turn the corner. Hopefully, it will be this week."
Turning the corner won't be easy this week against a Panthers team that seems to be finding its identity after two straight impressive region wins.
The running game, behind junior Chris Carson (87-382, 6 TDs), and the defense, led by junior linebacker Kyle Williams (51 tackles, 4 sacks) has given Parkview a blueprint for success.
But coach Cecil Flowe is still wary of skilled Patriots like receiver Dorren Miller (22-480, TD) and quarterback Deion Perry (619 total yards, 5 TDs).
"They've got athletes and you've got to cover them," Flowe said. "They're working on a game plan like everyone else, and you've got to respect the people they've got.
"We're just trying to get a little better each week, and that process is continuing."
Last meeting: Parkview won 59-20 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.