Photo: Karl L. Moore South Gwinnett wide receiver Tyrone Atchison (11) makes a tocuhdown catch over Parkview's Turshard Kimble-Brinson (5) during Friday night's game at South Gwinnett.
SNELLVILLE -- Every Wednesday at practice, South Gwinnett's special teams will attempt a 30-yard field goal from the left and right hash.
Comets kicker Roberto Lindsay usually misses the kick, but on Friday his team was in the same spot on the field.
Down one point with 13 seconds left in the game, Lindsay trotted onto the field.
"I was nervous, really nervous," Lindsay said. "Coach gave me some advice and he told me to just kick it through there."
Lindsay responded by kicking a 31-yard, game-winning field goal to give South a 16-14 victory over Parkview.
The victory secured the No. 2 spot in the playoffs out of Region 8-AAAAAA for the Comets (8-2, 7-1 region), who will host Region 5's Milton on Friday in the first round.
The loss denied Parkview (7-3, 6-2) a shot at winning its first region title since 2004. The Panthers, who have lost two of their three games, will be the No. 3 seed from the region. They will travel to Walton, last year's state runner-up.
Parkview did its best to make up for running back Chris Carson not being in the game. The senior 1,100-yard rusher will miss the playoffs with a broken leg sustained in last week's game to Berkmar.
With Carson out, Parkview had six different players lineup behind center in various formations and carry the ball. Justis Rosser was the leading rusher with 96 yards on 19 carries and two TDs.
He was the bulk of the Panthers' offense as the Comets held Parkview to 183 yards of offense and 10 first downs. South was led by 16 tackles and one sack from Georgia commitment Reggie Carter and eight from Anthony Beck.
Parkview led 14-13 with 4:29 left in the game after Rosser scored his second touchdown of the game.
South quarterback Jordan Ramey then led a game-winning drive for the second week in a row. He scored the game-winning touchdown against Brookwood last week.
South used a run by Bernard Morrison on fourth down to keep the drive alive and Josh Boyd's 15-yard gain put the Comets at midfield. Ramey had runs of 11 and seven yards to set up Lindsay's game-winning kick.
"We made plays when we had to," Ramey said.
Ramey was 12 of 21 passing for 159 yards with two touchdowns and had 72 yards rushing. Boyd added 50 yards rushing on 17 carries.
"He made big plays," South head coach John Small said. "He made a monster throw in the fourth quarter and took a big lick. He keeps stepping up time after time and growing up."
South's offense was held to its second fewest points of the season by Parkview. The Panthers' defense got an interception from Shaq Vareen and Kyle Williams made 10 tackles, while Hunter Thornton and Sam Willis recorded sacks.
"I thought it was a defensive battle both ways," Small said. "It was back and forth all night. I knew it was probably going to come down to the end because both defenses were battling each other."
Rosser scored on a 14-yard run in the first quarter and South responded with a 44-yard touchdown catch by Tyrone Atchison from Ramey.
Lindsay attempted a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter, but missed to the left. It was rare field goal attempt for Lindsay, who came into the game just 1-for-2 on field goals all year.
"We had to. It's a tight ball game, you don't want to leave points out there," Small said. "The way they were playing defense, your chances are not very good of getting a first down or a touchdown at that point. You want to at least get some points in that situation."
Bernard Morrison caught Ramey's second TD pass, an 18-yard score to put the Comets ahead. Morrison made five catches for 95 yards. Willis blocked Mattias Yonas' PAT and the Comets led 13-7 with 8:02 left in the game.
Parkview came right back with with Rosser scoring on a 10-yard run to give the Panthers a 14-13 lead with 4:36 left in the game.
Then Ramey worked his fourth-quarter magic again to set up Lindsay's unlikely field goal.
"At the end of the game, he stepped up big and nailed it," Small said. "I was happy for him because he's taken a lot of grief this season."