Parkview Panthers (7-3) at East Coweta Indians (10-1)
There will be a contrast of color at Garland Shoemake Stadium on Friday night. The blue and orange of the Parkview Panthers versus the purple and gold of East Coweta. It will be a photographer’s dream. And the competition on the field will be even better.
The Panthers have a trio of Division-1 recruits on their roster. Cody Brown, 6-foot, 227-pound running back, is the 16th ranked running back in the nation and the 15th ranked player in Georgia. He is committed to the University of Tennessee. In their first-round playoff game against Camden County, he had an amazing 278 rushing yards on 43 carries. He will be a stern challenge for the Indian defense.
Brown's backup, Tyler Curtis, is not much of a drop-off. He currently has offers from Akron and Kent State.
Other Panthers that have committed include Quincy Bryant, who will play safety for Wake Forest, Ronnie Hamrick, a defensive back headed to Central Florida, and Jared Brown, who will catch passes for Coastal Carolina.
Speed is the keyword: Cody Brown, Curtis and Jared Brown are all on the 4x100 relay team.
The two teams have one common opponent between them: the Marietta Blue Devils. The Indians defeated Marietta last week in the first round of the playoffs 37-28, while Parkview beat the Blue Devils 50-28 in the first week of October. In that game, Jared Brown caught four touchdowns.
While the Indians experienced a comeback win last Friday night over Marietta, the Panthers had a dramatic overtime victory against Campden County, 24-17.
The two teams have faced each other five times, including twice in the Georgia Dome in 2002, first in the Corky Kell Classic where Parkview won 21-0 and, in the semifinals, where the Panthers won again 24-0.
The 2002 East Coweta team was led by quarterback Lee Heaberlin, running back Derek White and safety Lamar Gay.
It was the 44th win in a row for the Panthers that night. Coach Danny Cronic said afterward, "I'm just marveling at how good they are. I can’t imagine a team being any better than that.
The winner of this game will face the winner of the Denmark vs Collins Hill game.
Whitefield Academy Wolfpack (7-4) at Trinity Christian Lions (9-2)
This is a rematch of their Oct. 23, 2020 game that was at Whitefield Academy. The Lions starting quarterback David Dallas got banged up when 6-foot-6, 365-pound lineman Ian Geffrard landed on top of him.
Backup quarterback Henry Brodnax sealed the win in relief when he found Danny Baird for a touchdown in the second half for the 20-12 victory.
The Wolfpack defeated Savannah Country Day 27-21 last Friday night to qualify for the second-round game against Trinity Christian.
Before their first game against the Lions, Whitefield Academy had just lost their starting quarterback, Ayden Duncanson to injury. They played two quarterbacks against the Lions in the October matchup, Cole Peterson and Myles Redding. They seemed to have settled on Peterson and returned Redding to his normal running back/receiver position.
Against Savannah Country Day, Eric Little Jr. had a 45-yard touchdown run and Redding had a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The winner of this contest will face the winner of the Fellowship Christian vs Athens Academy game.