LOGANVILLE – Faced with a sluggish offense that had generated just six points in the first two games, Grayson found the right formula to produce points and yardage Friday night as the Rams rolled over Parkview 34-10 in the Region 8-AAAAAA opener for both teams.
Grayson (1-2, 1-0 region) piled up nearly 400 yards of offense, including 370 rushing yards on 56 attempts as the Rams scored in every quarter and never trailed en route to the 24-point win.
Grayson also controlled the clock with long, time-consuming drives to keep the ball away from Parkview’s offense, which finished with 10 points and 127 yards of total offense.
The Rams, who ended up with over 31 minutes in time of possession compared to just under 17 minutes for Parkview, also went 5-for-10 on third down while the Panthers were 0-for-9.
“The deal was that we weren’t going to go out there and beat ourselves,” said Grayson head coach Mickey Conn. “We just wanted to line up and see if we could win the battle up front and our offensive line came off the ball and got it done. We have some great (running) backs back there and I thought Hunter Schuessler managed our offense well tonight.”
Grayson struck in the opening quarter with a 10-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by Mohamed Barry’s 8-yard run to put the Rams up 7-0.
Parkview came back and put together a solid drive that started at its own 24 and reached the Grayson 32.
But the Rams held on fourth down to keep the lead at 7-0.
Grayson then put together another long drive midway through the second quarter to make it 14-0 at the half.
The Rams went 81 yards in eight plays and Barry once again did the honors with a 7-yard sprint up the middle.
Barry, who had just one carry last week, finished with 64 yards on nine carries and two TD runs as Grayson stayed on the ground and in control of the clock throughout the night.
“It felt good getting to carry the ball,” said Barry. “I like playing on defense, but I also like it back there (in the offensive backfield).”
Grayson didn’t let up in the third quarter as the Rams added a pair of TDs to increase the advantage to 27-0.
Cameryn Brent scored from three yards out early in second half after Justin Young returned a Parkview interception down to the Panthers’ 5.
“That was a huge interception that Justin came up with,” said Conn. “I think the first five minutes of the third quarter sets the tone for the rest of the game and we came up with the big play. Our offense sort of sputtered with it at first, but we finally got it in.”
Brent finished with 109 on 23 carries with many of his yards coming between the tackles as the Grayson offensive line won the battle in the trenches all night long.
Brent also had one catch for three yards.
Daniel Fennell made it 27-0 when he rambled in from seven yards to finish a 12-play, 69-yard drive late in the third quarter.
Parkview (0-3, 0-1) finally got on the scoreboard with just two seconds left in the third quarter when Jeremy Lacey raced in from 53 yards to make it 27-7.
Grayson later added Aares McCall’s 33-yard TD run to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive and push the Rams’ lead to 34-7.
McCall led the Grayson attack with 177 yards on 17 carries.
Eric Autry finished the scoring for Parkview with a 43-yard field goal.
GRAYSON 34, PARKVIEW 10
Parkview 0 0 7 3 - 10
Grayson 7 7 13 7 - 34
Grayson: Mohamed Barry 8 run (Austin Hoyt kick) 7:18
Grayson: Barry 8 run (Hoyt kick) 4:44
Grayson: Cameryn Brent 3 run (Hoyt kick) 9:07
Grayson: Daniel Fennell 7 run (kick failed) :11
Parkview: Jeremy Lacey 53 run (Eric Autry kick) :02
Grayson: Aares McCall 33 run (Hoyt kick) 8:06
Parkview: Autry 43 FG, 4:07