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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: South shows it can win with less offense

Photo: Karl L. Moore Parkview's Kyle Williams (21) tries to sack South Gwinnett quarterback Jordan Ramey (2) for a loss during Friday night's game at South Gwinnett.

Photo: Karl L. Moore Parkview's Kyle Williams (21) tries to sack South Gwinnett quarterback Jordan Ramey (2) for a loss during Friday night's game at South Gwinnett.

South Gwinnett was held to its second fewest points of the season in the Friday's 16-14 win over Parkview.

The Comets came into the game averaging 35 points a game and 422 yards of offense. It was a different story against a stingy Parkview defense.

"We weren't clicking on offense, but the kids never stopped, they never quit," South head coach John Small said. "They kept battling. Parkview has a heck of a defense."

South managed 304 yards of total offense.

South's Lindsay shocks teammates

Not many people expected South Gwinnett kicker Roberto Lindsay to make the game winning 31-yard field goal on Friday.

The kicker routinely misses the shot in practice and missed a 26-yard field goal earlier in the game.

But after his field goal lifted the Comets to a 16-14 victory over Parkview on Friday, he received numerous pats on the back from his teammates.

Quarterback Jordan Ramey guided the Comets' offense down the field to set up Lindsay's field goal and was surprised by the last-second heroics of the kicker.

"I was shocked," Ramey said. "We owe him one. It's a big confidence boost."

Griffin, stand key to Hawks' win

One of the biggest plays in Mill Creek's 17-14 win over Collins Hill on Friday didn't appear in the scoring summary.

Up 14-10, Collins Hill drove to the Mill Creek 1-yard line for a third-and-goal play and looked to punch it in for a two-score lead.

But defensive lineman Kelsey Griffin wrapped up Collins Hill's R.J. Burnette for a yard loss that forced the Eagles into a field-goal try.

The attempt, after a delay of game penalty, missed and the Hawks scored on the ensuing possession to go up 17-14.

"That's a hidden play in the game where Kelsey and the defensive line made that play and that was huge," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "That play pushes them back and changes everything."

David bounces back

Most of Friday night's game won't go on Daniel David's highlight tape, but the Mill Creek sophomore quarterback finished nicely.

Entering the Hawks' final possession, David was 3 of 12 passing for 13 yards with an interception. That was quickly forgotten as he completed his final two passes, an 18-yard to DeVozea Felton followed by a beautiful deep ball to Michael Cheeks for 59 yards. That play took Mill Creek inside the Collins Hill 5-yard line and set up the game-winning score two plays later, a 1-yard Jacorey Lewis TD run with 1:09 left.

"We tried to get the ball to Cheeks in the first half and we weren't able to for various reasons," Jarvis said. "But Cheeks and Daniel came back on that last play. Cheeks really showed his speed and Daniel threw a great ball."

Herman fills in well

Collins Hill's offense didn't have starting quarterback Brett Sheehan, out with an ankle injury, but backup Tyler Herman filled in admirably for the second straight week in Friday's loss to Mill Creek.

Despite throwing an interception on his first attempt, Herman recovered to complete 26 of 38 passes for 225 yards and a score. His 4-yard TD pass to Julian Williams put the Eagles up 14-7 in the third quarter and he led an eight-play drive in the final 1:01 to put his team in position to force overtime, but Mill Creek blocked Collins Hill's 31-yard attempt as time expired.

Herman completed three passes to three different receivers on the drive for 41 yards.

Scales hobbled

GAC running back Kyle Scales appeared to be back at full strength throughout Friday night's Region 6-AA showdown with Lovett, running for a game-high 123 yards, plus two touchdowns, on 14 carries.

However, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior, who came into the game averaging 104.1 yards per game, apparently aggravated an ankle injury he originally suffered a few weeks ago early in the fourth quarter of the No. 8 state-ranked Spartans 31-30 loss and did not return.

GAC coach Tim Hardy did not address Scales' availability for the Spartans' first-round game of the Class AA state playoffs against Model on Friday.

Milestone for Muschamp

The Lovett win over GAC not only secured the Region 6-AA championship for the Lions, but also gave head coach Mike Muschamp the 100th victory of his career.

Muschamp, the brother of University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp, now has a record of 100-58 over 13 seasons at Lovett and Savannah Country Day. Still, it was Lovett's team milestone that was the one that took priority for him after the game.

"That is the last thing on my mind," Muschamp said when reminded of his 100th win. "That means absolutely nothing to me at all."

Pair of Lanier seniors hit milestones

With their performances Friday night against Walnut Grove, Lanier quarterback Taylor Grant hit the 2,000-yard passing mark and wide receiver Marty Sanders topped 1,000 yards receiving for the year.

Grant needed about 80 yards to pass the mark and did so in the first half on his way to a 10 of 11 game for 168 yards and three TDs. Sanders needed 64 yards, which he surpassed on his third and final catch of the game. He finished with the three receptions for 75 yards and a TD.

Lanier coach Billy Wells praised the seniors for their performances in leading the team to a .500 record in its first season in Region 8-AAAA.

"We're extremely proud of those guys," Wells said. "It's certainly nice to have some individual accomplishments for those guys here at the end. But really our senior class for the last two and a half years has done a great job laying the foundation for all these underclassmen and what's to come."

-- Sports Editor Will Hammock, staff writers Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander and staff correspondent Michael Buckelew contributed to this report.