SNELLVILLE— Last week Shiloh head coach Troy Hobbs said his team had to find a way to finish games after a first-half lead over Brookwood disappeared.
That’s exactly what it did on Friday night against Parkview at Shiloh Community Stadium. Trailing by one, the Generals ran a hook-and-lateral play with close to three minutes left in the game to set up a 27-yard, game-winning field goal by Adrian Lollar.
The field goal gave Shiloh a 23-21 victory over Parkview. It was the Generals’ first win over the Panthers since 1991, and it kept Shiloh’s playoff hopes alive as it improved to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in Region 8-AAAAAA.
Shiloh had lost 21 straight games to Parkview before Friday night.
“We found a way, but we made it scary,” Hobbs said. “We’ve got to believe, up 20-7, we’ve got to believe that we can keep our foot on the gas and continue to make plays and give ourselves a chance. It got crazy at the end… We just fought our tails off and I’m so proud of my guys.”
Shiloh led 20-7 at the half, but a terrific second half by Parkview sophomore quarterback Jack Chambers brought the Panthers all the way back.
Chambers connected with Johnathan Boyd for a 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter and in the fourth quarter he completed seven straight passes, including a fantastic catch by G.G. Robinson for a gain of 10 yards, to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Justis Rosser for a 21-20 lead.
After Parkview (1-6, 1-4) took the lead Shiloh went three-and-out and was forced to punt with less than six minutes remaining in the game. The Generals’ punt was blocked and Parkview recovered it at the Shiloh 29-yard line.
The Panthers looked like they were certain to take full control of the game, but the offense stalled and turned it over on downs at the 28-yard line.
Facing a second-and-nine, Hobbs elected to call the hook-and-lateral play to try and jump-start the final drive. Quarterback Sean Halsey connected with wideout Cameron Stewart on an eight-yard hook, then Stewart pitched the ball to a streaking Jeremy McDuffie down the sideline for a gain of 50 yards.
“Cameron made a great play,” Hobbs said. “(McDuffie) made a heck of a run on it to give us a chance. It worked.”
After the big run, McDuffie carried it three more times down to the 10-yard line. Halsey spiked the ball on third down with 28 seconds left on the clock to set up Lollar. The senior is a first-year kicker who had never attempted a game-winner before.
“It’s a lot of pressure but I try to keep it out of my head,” Lollar said. “Block it out and block the crowd out as well.”
Parkview had one last shot in the final seconds of the game as Chambers connected with Boyd across midfield for a 26-yard gain, but the sophomore receiver was stripped of the ball as time expired.
The Generals took control of the game in the first half with a trio of big plays. Halsey completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Davonta Henderson in the first quarter.
In the second quarter McDuffie broke free for a 45-yard touchdown run, while James Mials followed with a 56-yard score for a 20-7 lead with 2:38 left in the first half.
Parkview went three-and-out on its first three possessions of the game, before putting together a 71-yard scoring drive in the second quarter. Chambers punched it on a on a four-yard keeper, that was set up by a 21-yard run by Rosser.
McDuffie finished the game with 194 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries. Mials added 68 yards and a score, while Halsey was 9 of 15 for 167 yards, a TD and an interception.
“We’re going to celebrate but we’ve got to get ready for Dacula,” Hobbs said. “On the road over there and we’re going to see what happens. It’s what I said the other day it’s one game at a time.”
SHILOH 23, PARKVIEW 21
PARKVIEW 0 7 7 7 — 21
SHILOH 7 13 0 3 — 23
Shiloh: Davonta Henderson 38 pass from Sean Halsey (Adrian Lollar kick), 10:01
Shiloh: Jeremy McDuffie 45 run (Lollar kick), 9:36
Parkview: Jack Chambers 4 run (Will Chandler kick), 3:39
Shiloh: James Mials 57 run (Lollar kick failed), 2:38
Parkview: Jonathan Boyd 33 pass from Chambers (Chandler kick), 0:01
Parkview: Justis Rosser 1 run (Chandler kick), 6:27
Shiloh: Lollar 27 field goal, 0:22.