Parkview defenders Nick Lawson (14), Bryce Lewis (3) and John Patterson (6) take down Archer’s Dylan Singleton (3) during a game earlier this season. (Photo: Kyle Hess)
PARKVIEW at SHILOH
Parkview Panthers (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: Cecil Flowe
Record: 1-5, 1-3 region
Last week: Beat Dacula 28-21
Shiloh Generals (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: Troy Hobbs
Record: 3-4, 1-4 region
Last week: Lost to Brookwood 20-7
Last meeting: Parkview won 28-0 last year
Directions to Shiloh High School: From Ga. Highway 78, go south on Bethany Church Road and school is on the right
There was a little more excitement around Parkview’s football practice this week.
The Panthers are coming off the first win of the season, snapping a five-game losing streak.
“Oh yeah. They were hungry for that win and ready to go back to work,” Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said.
Now after posting a losing streak to start the year, the Panthers (1-5, 1-3 region) will try and put together a winning streak to end the season. They travel to Snellville Friday night to face a Shiloh (3-4, 1-4) team that has dropped three in a row after a 3-1 start.
“Parkview has started to figure things out,” Shiloh head coach Troy Hobbs said. “They were always a good team. They are putting it together now.”
Parkview’s win over Dacula last week kept the Panthers’ slim playoff hopes alive. The remainder of Parkview’s schedule features teams in the bottom half of the region standings. If Parkview can win out and get some help, it can make the postseason for the third time in four years.
“I just know we have to win one at a time,” Flowe said. “All we can do is concentrate on ourselves.”
Parkview had a bye going into last week’s 28-21 victory over Dacula and the time off helped.
“We revamped some the stuff we were doing to produce some offense. That’s what was lacking,” Flowe said.
The 28 points was the most the team has scored all year and more than the previous four games combined.
“They shot themselves in the foot a couple of times this season,” Hobbs said. “But last week they took care of the ball and capitalized and put points on the board.”
Running back Justis Rosser rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense.
“He’s a standout player. He loves to run that rock,” Flowe said.
Offensive linemen Stephen Moye, Thomas Head and Neil Wempe posted a high blocking grade.
“A win is what we needed,” Flowe said. “I was pleased with our offensive line and how physical they were.”
Parkview has won 21 straight games against Shiloh dating back to 1992 before any of the players in Friday’s game were even born.
“We are all aware of that, but we’re still going to give it our all,” Hobbs said.
Standout running back Charles Shavers, who is among the county leaders in rushing, was injured last week. His status is uncertain for Friday’s game.
“We’ll see if he can play,” Hobbs said.
James Mials and Damonta Hill are expected to get carries at running back if Shavers can’t play.
“I expect (Shavers) to be playing. He’s a great player,” Flowe said.
Shiloh had a 7-0 halftime lead over Brookwood last week, but lost 20-7.
“We know we have to score more than seven points if we want to win,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs was pleased with the defense that gave up at least 44 points the previous two games. Amari Newsome, Austin Exford and Daron Bowles continue to lead the unit.
Shiloh has slim playoff hopes, but the Generals can still salvage their first winning season since 2003. It starts with a win today.
“We are trying to win the next game,” Hobbs said. “Whatever happens after that, I can’t even look that far down the road.”