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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Youngblood the 12th man for Parkview

When Parvkiew backup quarterback Mac Marshall stepped on the field in Friday's game with a No. 7 jersey, it wasn't to try to fool anybody.

The Panthers lost starting QB Rob Youngblood, who wore No. 7, the week before to a broken collarbone. Marshall wore No. 7 as a tribute to Younblood in the Panthers' 20-18 win over Archer.

Youngblood is expected to miss five to six weeks as he recovers from last week's surgery. The senior, who started two years at safety, is still a fixture on the Parkview sidelines. He was given No. 12 to represent the Panthers' 12th man on the field.

"We used Rob to signify the 12th man," Parvkiew coach Cecil Flowe said. "He's like a coach on the field."

Parkview's No. 12 will be retired later this season. The number was made legendary by former standout Jeff Francoeur, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and now plays for the Kansas City Royals.

"That jersey has been worn by a lot of great players," Flowe said. "Jeff is certainly at the top of the list."

No official details have been made public on the jersey retirement ceremony.

Archer's Alexander gets good news

Archer running back Ernest Alexander got some good news about his injured knee on Tuesday, which meant bad news for opposing Region 8-AAAAAA teams.

Alexander had an MRI on his right knee he injured in Friday's 20-18 loss to Parkview.

"He got some really good news," Archer head coach Andy Dyer said. "No tears in his knee."

Alexander injured his knee on his only carry in the first quarter of Friday's game. He wore a brace while on the sideline the remainder of the game.

Prior to the knee injury, Alexander rushed for more than 100 yards in the first three games. He is one of the county's top rushers with 334 yards and six touchdowns.

Dyer wasn't sure of Alexander's availability this Friday against Dacula.

"We're going to play it by ear and see how it feels," Dyer said. "He's probable, but we don't know yet."

Post-game wedding bells

When Troy Hobbs set his wedding date during football season, he thought he would have have a bye week to enjoy the first week of marriage.

Hobbs was an assistant at North Gwinnett when he got engaged this spring and the Bulldogs were scheduled to have a bye.

A month after setting the date, Hobbs was hired as the head coach at Shiloh. That meant the first-year head coach had to juggle wedding plans and coaching duties.

"Yeah, that's exactly we happened," Hobbs said. "We had it planned out, we couldn't go back."

The day before his wedding, Shiloh lost 31-0 to South Gwinnett, giving Hobbs his first defeat as a head coach.

"I didn't overlook South because I was getting married," Hobbs said. "I have a good group of guys around me to get us prepared."

Hobbs married his fiance Colleen at the Bona Allen Mansion in Buford in front of a small group of friends and family.

"It was short and sweet," Hobbs said. "We just made it work. I didn't do anything. My wife did it all."

Hobbs plans to take a honeymoon in the spring or summer next year. He doesn't have time for a vacation right now with defending state champion Grayson coming to town on Friday.

"Our honeymoon is getting ready to play Grayson this week," Hobbs said. "She told me I wasn't able to watch film the next day. I had to spend time with her."

Dacula to honor alumni on Friday

Dacula will hold a special ceremony prior to Friday's game against Archer to honor the four former players who had their jerseys retired.

The Falcons will recognize No. 14 Terry Harvery, No. 4 Carlos Tanner, No. 40 Jamey Wright, No. 75 Mark Peevy in a ceremony at 7 p.m.

There will also be an alumni social prior to the ceremony for all former Dacula football players.

South's defense get rare shutout

South Gwinnett's defense held a team scoreless for the first time since 2009 on Friday.

The Comets beat Snellville rival Shiloh 31-0 last week, giving South it first shutout since a 41-0 win over Berkmar three years ago. The Comets had two shutouts that year, beating Central Gwinnett 41-0.

South will face the Black Knights this week in the county's oldest rivalry. South won last year in the Georgia Dome 63-55.