Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Parkview running back Chris Carson (23) runs for a touchdown past Brookwood linebacker Christopher Dancy (37) during high school football action at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Friday. Parkview defeated Brookwood 21-14.
Contrary to reports from a week ago, Parkview running back Chris Carson is not yet a verbal commitment to South Florida, though the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior counts the Bulls among his list of scholarship offers, which also includes Indiana, Maryland and Miami.
However, a new suitor has apparently entered the picture for his college services in Auburn, which had coaches in attendance during the Panthers' 21-14 win over archrival Brookwood on Friday night at the Big Orange Jungle.
"I talked to them (Wednesday night)," Carson said of members of Auburn's coaching staff. "They told me they liked what they saw, they were going to offer (a scholarship)."
It's hard to imagine the Tigers coaches that were in attendance finding much they didn't like after Carson ran for 258 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
Brookwood defensive end Shaun McGee left in the fourth quarter of Friday's loss to Parkview with an apparent knee injury.
But after being helped most of the way off the field, the Georgia commit eventually left the field under his own power, and while further tests will have to determine the exact nature an seriousness of the injury, Broncos coach Mark Crews was cautiously optimistic after the game.
"I think he just strained his knee," Crews said of McGee, who recovered a fumble early in the fourth quarter that helped get Brookwood back in the game. "(Doctors will) obviously have to do a little checking and see how it is, ... but I don't think he's got a tear or anything."
Wounded wheel for Westmoreland
Another key player injured Friday night was Central Gwinnett quarterback Eman Westmoreland.
Midway through the fourth quarter as the Black Knights tried to rally in a 42-28 loss to South Gwinnett, quarterback Eman Westmoreland completed a short pass for Chris Shelling and took a hit from a Comets pass rusher.
The senior went down and needed to be carried off the field by teammates not putting any pressure on his left foot and ankle. He didn't return and after trainers wrapped the ankle, Westmoreland wasn't on the sideline for the final nine minutes.
Without their quarterback, Central didn't throw another pass and its attempt at a comeback faded.
"Hopefully, he can bounce back from that," head coach Todd Wofford said after the game Friday. "If not, we still have to keep playing."
However, when contacted Saturday morning, Wofford sounded a more upbeat tone, saying Westmoreland's injury is just a sprain, and is optimistic for his return soon.
Norcross' 49-41 victory over Mill Creek was a rare high scoring game for both programs on Friday.
It was the first time the Blue Devils won a game under head coach Keith Maloof when they gave up 40 points or more. Norcross was 0-for-6 when allowing 40 or more points since 1999.
The 49 points allowed by Mill Creek was the most since 2003. The Hawks gave up 49 points in a 49-14 loss to Bremen in Mill Creek's first season.
Lewis sets Hawks' rushing TD record
Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis' 16-yard touchdown run in Friday's 49-41 loss to Norcross gave the senior his 23rd career touchdown.
The score gives him the most rushing touchdowns in Mill Creek history, breaking Tyler Cierski's record of 22 TDs.
While Crews was denied a milestone with Friday's loss at Parkview, the Brookwood coach is still just one win away from the 100th of his career.
Meanwhile, Buford coach Jess Simpson is also approaching the same milestone after getting his 98th career win in the Wolves' 63-0 win over Banks County on Friday.
Simpson could reach the century mark as soon as Oct. 12 at at White County.
-- Staff writers Ben Beitzel, Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander and staff correspondent Steve Argo contributed to this report