Parkview beats Peachtree Ridge in defensive showdown

LILBURN -- In a battle of defenses, Parkview ended up the victor as it opened its season with a 3-0 win over Peachtree Ridge.

Kicking the winning field goal was Tyler Stephenson, who connected from 26 yards with 8:18 to go in the game. The Panthers had a fourth down a few plays earlier, but decided to go for it.

"We had to grab them by the throat and go," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said. "(On the second fourth down) we had to get points on the board. We had to get points out of that."

The Panthers (1-0) got 211 yards rushing on 26 carries from running back Chris Carson, but were unable to punch it into the end zone due to four turnovers.

"We were our own nemesis," Flowe said. "We had a good game plan, but just couldn't hang onto the ball."

The Lions (0-2) gained early momentum when Travis Bowers intercepted Parkview quarterback Rob Youngblood's pass on the first play from scrimmage. However, Peachtree Ridge couldn't do anything on offense, eventually punting the ball.

Peachtree Ridge caused another turnover on the Panthers' second drive, as Carson fumbled, which was recovered by the Lions' Steven Wright. But again, the Lions were unable to move the ball, punting after a three-and-out.

Late in the second quarter, the Panthers were driving in Peachtree Ridge territory, getting the ball down to the 23-yard line. However, a tip by Bowers inside the 5-yard line was intercepted by Jackson Trawick to end the threat.

The second half saw Parkview continue to bend the Peachtree Ridge defense, but could never break it.

After Stephenson's field goal, the Lions went three-and-out and punted the ball, in hopes of getting one more chance. But, Parkview put 11 plays together, with a four-yard run by Carson on fourth down to give the Panthers a first down and the ability to kneel on the ball.

Peachtree Ridge head coach Mark Fleetwood said it's tough to see his team not score any points in its two regular season games. However, he said changes must and will be made.

"Our offense can't score," he said. "We have to make some changes. That's where we're at."

Fleetwood said he was proud of the way the Lions' defense played, and they played good enough to win.

"They played their butts off," Fleetwood said. "We just couldn't help them out.

"It's not the end of the world, but we have to get the right things going. There's nothing to say, but we're going to be better. We have to be better."

Parkview finished with 314 yards on the ground, while Peachtree Ridge had 82 total offensive yards.