Parkview drew one step closer to solidifying a return to the state playoffs Friday night with a comfortable 28-0 Homecoming win over Shiloh in Lilburn.
The Panthers (6-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 8-AAAAAA) have won five games in a row and are a win away from clinching a playoff berth a year after failing to reach the postseason in 2011. That would happen with a victory at Central Gwinnett next week.
For the most part, the Panthers made easy work of beating Shiloh (3-5, 1-5) Friday:
- They scored on their third offensive play — a 54-yard run by Justis Rosser, who finished with 109 yards on 11 carries — and built a 21-0 halftime lead.
- Star running back Chris Carson rushed for 140 yards and a 14-yard touchdown, gaining most of his yards in the first half.
- Quarterback Mac Marshall scored on two 1-yard sneaks, and also caught a 36-yard pass from Keanu Mole on a fake end-around play that set up Carson's TD.
- The defense was stellar again, limiting the Generals to minus-1 yard rushing and 108 overall, and registering at least 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
- Parkview fumbled twice in its own territory, but the defense forced three-and-outs both times.
- Shaq Vereen and Turshard Kimble-Brinson had interceptions as Parkview forced Shiloh into 13-of-32 passing.
Friday's win also put Parkview in sole possession of first place in the region following South Gwinnett's 41-0 loss to Grayson Friday. The Panthers are a game ahead of South, Grayson and Brookwood, all of which have one region loss.
Parkview coach Cecil Flowe said he's more concerned about improvement than about what the playoff picture looks like with so many games yet to play.
What's his assessment after seven games?
"That we are a lot better. We've made improvements, but have improving to do," he said. "You gotta just keep building every week, and then that momentum starts to build."