Parkview’s 2012 season came to an end with a 31-15 loss to Colquitt County in the Class AAAAAA football quarterfinals Friday, but head coach Cecil Flowe found no reason to complain.
As difficult as the final outcome was, this was a season to remember for the Panthers (9-4), who endured several key injuries and kept plugging along to make a deep playoff run.
The four-time state champions returned to football glory by knocking off Grayson when the Rams were ranked No. 1 in the nation. They soundly beat neighborhood rival Brookwood and came a whisker away of winning the Region 8-AAAAAA title.
That’s not all. They won two overtime games on the road in the playoffs to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. They also advanced further than any other 8-AAAAAA team.
“They just kept rebounding and finding ways to win. They wouldn’t bow out,” Flowe said of his resilient team, that had star players like running back Chris Carson and quarterback Rob Youngblood miss time due to serious injuries. “Everyone expected them to bow out, but they wouldn’t do it. …
“We ran up against a good team tonight. We didn’t do everything we needed to do, but I’ve got no complaints,” Flowe said. “The kids played great. They played their tails off. A lesser team would have folded up the tent a long time ago. So I’m real proud of them. It was a great year.
“We made the elite eight and we’re going to be in the top 10 in the state when the deal’s over with. I’m happy for them.”
For a half Friday, it looked like the season would last at least another week.
The Panthers took a 7-0 lead with a 15-play, 10-minute drive that culminated in a 2-yard TD run by Shaq Vereen. That came after the Panthers drove to the Colquitt 25 on their opening drive before giving it up on downs.
Parkview then threatened to make it 14-0 just half by driving to the Colquitt 2, but that’s when things started to go awry. Youngblood’s third-down pass was intercepted in the end zone, leaving the score 7-0 at half.
Colquitt tied the game on its first possession of the second half on quarterback Cole Segraves’ 5-yard run, the first score in a 31-point outburst that turned the game in the Packers’ favor.
Three plays into Parkview’s next possession, Youngblood was intercepted again, this time at the Parkview 35, and on the next play, Segraves hit Bobby Hill on a 35-yard score for a 14-7 lead.
Things got worse for Parkview.
Keanu Mole fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Colquitt recovered at the Parkview 12. Three plays later, Segraves threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Todd Boyd and the score was 21-7 just six minutes into the second half. A field goal made it 24-7 and a 1-yard run by John Boatright left the score 31-7 with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter.
Richard Walker’s 7-yard run and a two-point conversion pass from Youngblood to Vereen with 2:59 left closed the scoring.
Parkview finished with 252 total yards, 145 in the running game. Mole had five catches for 61 yards, Youngblood completed 7 of 15 passes for 107 yards and three interceptions. Youngblood also had 48 yards rushing. Vereen had 34.
“Their [Colquitt’s] tempo picked up when we didn’t score,” Flowe said referring to the two Parkview drives in the red zone in the first half that resulted in no points. “Hats off to them. They did a good job. We met our match on this night and I have no complaints.”