Parkview at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Parkview is 7-3, unranked in Class 7A and the No. 3 seed from Region 7-7A; South is 7-3, unranked and the No. 2 seed from Region 5.
Series record: First meeting.
What to know: The War Eagles enter the playoffs feeling good—ironic considering the electric Davis Shanley has spent the last two weeks in street clothes. Drew Morris, the sophomore brother of Cal Morris, earned his stripes last week in a composed victory over West Forsyth. Morris showed off his feet and a command of the offense in a dramatic 21-17 win. South’s defense has also done much to give War Eagle fans something to look forward to—they’ve pitched three shutouts this season and have improved from week to week. Giving up less than 200 yards to West might have been their greatest accomplishment as a group so far. The health of Max Slott and Ryan LaFlamme have contributed to the team’s success. As well, linebacker Julian Mingo has been making himself known as a tailback—something he didn’t think he would be doing in his senior season.
Parkview will spread out the War Eagles and look to run past them. The Panthers live on the big play and have three talented runners that get the job done. Deion Slade and Christian Malloy have combined for nearly 1,400 yards on the ground and 19 total touchdowns, while Malik Washington averages 6.8 yards per carry as a direct-snap quarterback on occasions. He also has 35 receptions for 530 yards and three more scores.
Up next: The winner will face either Lassiter or McEachern