Central Gwinnett's Chris Shelling
Central Black Knights (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: Todd Wofford
Record: 2-5, 2-3 region
Last week: Lost to Brookwood 23-14
Parkview Panthers (8-AAAAAA)
Coach: Cecil Flowe
Record: 1-6, 1-4 region
Last week: Lost to Shiloh 23-21
In the corner of its football field, Central Gwinnett has a victory bell it rings after every big win. The bell was silent for several years until the Black Knights knocked off state-ranked Parkview last season in triple overtime.
Central will try for back-to-back wins over Parkview for the first time since 1993-94 on Friday. A victory is key in keeping Central’s playoff hopes alive.
“It’s one of those deals where I think there’s three of us fighting for a playoff spot,” Central Gwinnett head coach Todd Wofford said. “If we win out, we’re in and we could be the three or four seed.”
That’s good news for Central considering the Black Knights have dropped the last three games. Two of them have been by nine points or less.
“We were kind of in the same situation last year,” Wofford said. “We did rebound last year and won the last three games. You want to hit a hot streak and the right time.”
Central allowed nearly 300 yards rushing and had three turnovers in last week’s loss.
“We have to be more consistent on both sides of the ball,” Wofford said. “Those key moments, you have to step up.”
Chris Shelling had a big game for the Black Knights last week with 12 catches for 135 yards. Central is hoping to get linebacker/receiver Adonis Thomas back from injury tonight.
Last meeting: Central Gwinnett won 30-27 in triple overtime
Directions to Parkview High School: From I-85, go east on Indian Trail Road until it becomes Killian Hill Road. Turn right on Arcado Road and then left on Cole Drive. School is on the left.