Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan — Parkview Brian Miller (35) and John Patterson (20) react while trailing to Colquitt County in the fourth quarter during the quarterfinals of Class AAAAAA state high school football playoffs in Lilburn Friday. Colquitt County defeated Parkview 31-15.
HIGHLIGHTS: Colquitt vs. Parkview
Highlights from the Colquitt vs. Parkview football game in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals. The Panthers fell 31-15.
LILBURN -- Momentum changed in an instant.
Already leading 7-0 and dominating the time of possession, Parkview had marched down inside the 5-yard line with less than a minute to play in the second quarter with eyes on extending its lead in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals against Colquitt County.
Two runs came up short, forcing a third down pass. The Phoenix of a quarterback in Rob Youngblood, who returned late in the season after breaking his collarbone, rolled right and fired a bullet into the end zone and it fell into the arms of Colquitt's Jeffrey Lawson.
That was the closest the Panthers got to the goal line until late in the fourth quarter and Colquitt turned the turnover into a second-half momentum, more turnovers and plenty of points in a 31-15 win over Parkview.
The Packers will face another Gwinnett foe, Norcross, next week in the state semifinals.
"You need to put points on the board," Flowe said. "You've got to put points on the board somehow. We took a shot. You can't put it on anybody, the kids are trying their tails off."
"It turned us around," Lawson said of his interception. "It picked the tempo up for the team and helped us come out with the W."
Colquitt didn't turn the interception into points, but when it took the second half kickoff, the stagnant offense that only ran 16 plays in the first half, vanished.
The Packers tied the game, driving 65 yards in eight plays, more than doubling their offensive production.
From there, the momentum kept swelling.
After a holding penalty, Youngblood threw his second interception of the night, giving the Packers the ball on the 35 and on the next play Colquitt's Cole Segraves hit Bobby Hill for the go-ahead score. When Parkview fumbled the next kickoff, Colquitt had even better field position and increased its lead with another Segraves touchdown pass, this time to Toddarian Boyd.
"Their tempo picked up when we didn't score," Flowe said. "That is just part of the game."
Penalties again shut down the next Panther drive and Colquitt turned the punt and a third straight drive that began on Parkview's side of the field into a field goal and a 24-7 lead.
The game turned on those four quick scores, a huge change from the first half where Parkview's offense, led by Youngblood dominated. Just not the scoreboard.
Parkview's first drive gobbled up seven-plus minutes, ending on a failed fourth down conversion.
Then the senior quarterback and defensive back Youngblood kept the Panthers' lone scoring drive alive with scrambles of 22 and 8 yards on third down and he also completed a 38-yard pass to Mac Marshall to set up Shaq Vereen's 2-yard scoring dive.
"Rob stepped up," Flowe said. "He's a great leader."
Youngblood threw for 106 yards on 7 of 18 passing with three interceptions and he also led the Panthers with 53 yards rushing. Keanu Mole caught five balls for 70 yards.
The score capped a 14-play, 90-yard drive that leached nearly 10 minutes. Parkview led 7-0.
"You've got to score points in this game," Flowe said. "You've got to get the ball down the field.
"We didn't score in the red zone, twice, and we should have. That may have changed the game."
Parkview ended the game and its season with a touchdown from Richard Walker and a two-point conversion pass from Youngblood to fellow senior Vereen.
This was the deepest playoff run for the Panthers since 2005 quarterfinal season.
"We shocked the whole world," Youngblood said. "We had a good season. It was fun."