Parkview at Berkmar preview


James Huston

Parkview Panthers (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Cecil Flowe

Record: 2-6, 2-4 region

Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 21-13

Berkmar Patriots (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Jonathan Sanks

Record: 3-5, 1-5 region

Last week: Lost to Brookwood 14-0

Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe announced his retirement last week, which means Friday’s Battle of Lilburn will be the last time Flowe plays for the Green Flag. Parkview has won the last 13 games against Berkmar.

“It’s nothing more special than any other game,” said Flowe as he downplayed his upcoming retirement.

Parkview began the year 0-5, but has won two of its last three games. Despite the lackluster season, the Panthers still have a shot at the playoffs if they can win out and Dacula loses its final two games.

“We aren’t even looking at that,” Flowe said. “We are trying to win another game.”

Quarterback Jack Chambers threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-clincher in the final minutes, in last week’s win. Justis Rosser rushed for 182 yards and the go-ahead touchdown and James Huston had a 27-yard TD catch.

Berkmar began the year 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Quarterback Jaquan Morris had a season-ending injury in the region opener and the Patriots haven’t been the same on offense. Berkmar has lost five straight and is averaging less than seven points a game. However, the defense has managed to keep them in games.

“They are aggressive on defense and look good,” Flowe said. “We’ll have our hands full.”

Last meeting: Parkview won 38-7 last year

Directions to Berkmar High School: From I-85, go east on Pleasant Hill Road; school is on the right just before Ga. Highway 29.