By Chuck O’Briant
For the Forsyth County News
LILBURN — Parkview’s three-headed monster of wide receiver C.J. Daniels, running back Tyler Curtis and quarterback Jordan Williams proved to be too much for West Forsyth on Friday in the first round of the Class 7A playoffs, as the Panthers topped West 35-14 in the first round of the GHSA playoffs.
The Wolverines (4-7) had just 176 yards of total offense against Parkview, but West managed a pair of fourth-quarter scores.
Junior Drew Southern finished 14-of-31 passing for 93 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior Casey Cowart with 2:05 left in the game.
Sophomore Ashton Van Horn had the other score for the Wolverines, as he found senior Lance Corcimiglia with 16 seconds remaining on a 5-yard touchdown pass.
For Parkview, Curtis had seven carries for 71 yards and a touchdown in the first half, while Daniels caught seven passes for 136 yards and two scores and Williams went 11-of-13 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Panthers senior lineman Mason Huntley sacked Southern three times, twice in the first half, and spent much of the game in the backfield.
Parkview will host Colquitt County contest in the next round of the playoffs Friday.
After beginning the game with several short Southern scrambles, the Wolverines punted at the 9:40 mark. Parkview mishandled the punt at their own 30, and West Forsyth’s Jay Helstone recovered at the Panther 24-yard line. On third-and-9, the Wolverines were penalized and moved back. Parkview defensive lineman Mason Huntley then sacked Southern for a nine-yard loss, moving West Forsyth out of field goal range. They took a delay of game penalty and punted with 7:03 left in the first quarter.
Parkview mixed up their drive with several Curtis runs and passes to Daniels, two of which went for first downs, extending the offense. After Curtis was smothered for no gain, he answered with a handoff that burst up the middle and he scored untouched on a 25-yard touchdown with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter.
West Forsyth mounted a drive that continued through the beginning of the second quarter but things hit a wall literally when defensive tackle Huntley sacked Southern for the second time, ending the drive.
Parkview then used runs by Curtis and Williams and a change of pace from junior running back Jasir Smith to get the ball to the 7-yard line. A soft pass on the next play from Williams to Daniels in the right corner of the checkerboard end zone added another Parkview score with 6:28 left in the half.
After a Wolverines punt, Parkview took over on its 30. The Panthers struck quickly on the very next play as Williams led Daniels perfectly on a 70-yard pass, but the receiver was tackled at the 10-yard line, fumbled, then recovered the ball as the defenders were sprawled on the turf, and waltzed into the end zone for a 20-0 lead at the 1:32 mark of the second quarter, and a 21-0 margin going into the half.
In the second half, Curtis delivered some more punishing runs to get the Panthers moving. Williams then unleashed a dazzling 23-yard run, darting and weaving between defenders to the 4. On the next play Williams drifted to his left and completed a touchdown pass to his diving tight end J.J. Magee with 10:17 left in the third to give Parkview a sizable 28-0 lead.
The next Panther drive was stymied as a pass was underthrown and intercepted at the 2-yard line by West Forsyth’s Bryce Allen and returned to the 51. A personal foul flag gave West Forsyth starting position on the 36. Four straight incompletions ended the scoring threat for the Wolverines with 6:40 in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Parkview took over on downs with 11:48 left in the game. Jasir Smith powered to an 11-yard run. Smith then rumbled 52 yards before being caught from behind at the 8-yard line. Two more Smith runs were stopped short of the end zone by the defensive pile. On fourth-and-goal Smith was hit immediately, fumbled but Williams alertly caught the loose ball on one bounce and ran it in for the score and a 34-0 lead with 9:40 left in the game.