SUWANEE — Coming into Friday night’s contest with Parkview, Peachtree Ridge had a goal of creating three turnovers on defense. And that’s exactly what they got.
Two fourth-quarter interception returns for touchdowns by Travis Bowers and Nick Glass broke a 14-14 tie and gave the Lions a 28-14 win Friday.
“It’s a great win for us,” said Peachtree Ridge head coach Mark Fleetwood. “It was a battle of field position there for awhile. I’m proud of our defense for backing (Parkview’s offense) up and making plays.”
Locked in a dead heat, the Lions’ defense put Parkview in a third-and-22 spot midway through the fourth quarter. Jack Chambers’ pass was tipped by Walden Davis and intercepted by Bowers, who took it back 31 yards for the score with 9:59 to go in the game.
Then, four plays later, Chambers threw another interception. This time, it was Glass who took it back 34 yards for the score.
“It felt great to help the team,” Glass said. “Our goal is to play fast, smart and physical.”
Panthers’ head coach Cecil Flowe said his quarterback will learn from the mistakes.
“He’ll learn he can’t lob the ball down the field when he scrambling around in the backfield,” Flowe said. “He made some great plays for us, and he’ll learn from this.”
Parkview got on the scoreboard first after Peachtree Ridge went three-and-out on its first drive. A 34-yard pass from Chambers to Johnathan Boyd put the Panthers in business.Three plays later, Justis Rosser scored from 10 yards out to put the Panthers up 7-0.
Late in the first quarter, the Lions drove 83 yards in 14 plays. The big play of the drive was when quarterback Chance Thrasher leaped over a Parkview defender for a first down. Six plays later, Jordan Ellis found the end zone from the 6-yard line to tie the score at 7-7.
Peachtree Ridge’s defense forced the first turnover of the game when Parkview’s Laronn Veal fumbled the ball on the 35-yard line, and Glass recovered.
On the very next play, Ellis found a hole and went 35 yards for the touchdown to put the Lions up 14-7.
Parkview (0-1) tied the score up in the third quarter on a six-play drive, culminating in an 18-yard TD run by Rosser.
From there, it was a battle of field position before Peachtree Ridge’s defense took over.
“We just made too many mistakes,” Flowe said. “Nothing good happens when you turn the ball over three times.”
For Peachtree Ridge, starting out the year 2-0 is nice considering the way they started last year.
“We lost to Parkview last year 3-0 after our defense played their butts off,” Fleetwood said. “It was good to see our guys work hard for this win. You can’t take anything away from Parkview. They’re a good team and only going to get better.”
Ellis finished the game with 122 yards on 21 rushes, while Thrasher was 11-for-20 for 77 yards.
Rosser led Parkview with 96 yards on the ground, while Richard Walker contributed 37.
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Parkview 7 . 0 . 7 . 0 . - 14
Peachtree Ridge 7 . 7 . 0 . 14 . - 28
Parkview: Justis Rosser 10 run (Eric Autry kick) 8:19
Peachtree Ridge: Jordan Ellis 6 run (Evan Pantels kick) 1:45
Peachtree Ridge: Ellis 35 run (Pantels kick) 7:30
Parkview: Rosser 18 run (Autry kick) :45
Peachtree Ridge: Travis Bowers 31 interception return (Pantels kick) 9:59
Peachtree Ridge: Nick Glass 35 interception return (Pantels kick) 7:20
HIGHLIGHTS: Peachtree Ridge vs. Parkview
Highlights from the Peachtree Ridge vs. Parkview football game on Aug. 30, 2013.