It's too early for Parkview High School to start printing region-championship T-shirts, but the 10th-ranked Panthers took a big step toward that possibility Friday night with a 20-18 nail-biting win at Archer.
Running back Chris Carson rushed for 143 yards and two touchdown in 30 carries as the Panthers had to withstand an Archer comeback, which ended with a missed 51-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the game. Archer, which lost 20-19 at Brookwood last week, fell to 2-2 overall, 0-2 in Region 8-AAAAAA.
Yes, it's too early to talk championships, but with back-to-back wins over the defending state champions (22-7 over Grayson last week) and the team (Archer) that knocked them out of a playoff berth last year, the Panthers are certainly in the conversation as they reach the midpoint of the season. The Panthers are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAAA and face another important region game next week at home against rival Brookwood.
Parkview took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the first score coming on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Mac Marshall to Jay Turner. It was Marshall's first pass of the season. It also was the only completion in five attempts for Marshall, who has taken over at quarterback with the injury (broken collarbone) to starter Rob Youngblood. A two-point conversion attempt failed and Parkview led 6-0.
Carson then scored his first TD, from the 1, and added the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
Archer got back into it with three field goals — 31, 36 and 32 yards — to make it 14-9 in the third quarter before Carson scored again from the 4 to push the lead to 20-9.
The Tigers weren't through, scoring a 38-yard touchdown pass and then a safety when Parkview punter Hunter Thornton had to take a knee in the end zone after a bad snap.
Parkview finished with 270 total yards, 211 coming on the ground. Justis Rosser added 70 yards on eight carries. The Parkview defnse allowed 220 passing yards, but only 40 rusing yards on 23 Archer carries.
Note: Official statistics supplied to Patch by Parkview assistant coach Justin Bishop (thanks Justin!).