PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Stunning loss leaves Rams looking to rebound

Parkview players and fans celebrate the win against Grayson on Friday night.

Parkview players and fans celebrate the win against Grayson on Friday night.


Staff Photo: John Bohn Norcross running back Alvin Kamara (6) scores a touchdown during the third quarter as North Gwinnett defensive back Donnie Miles (1) attempts to make a tackle.

The fallout of Grayson's 22-7 upset loss to Parkview on Friday night at the Big Orange Jungle will no doubt be felt both statewide and nationally, where the Rams occupied the top spot, or close to it in many sets of polls and rankings.

But that is the last thing head coach Mickey Conn says he and his team need to focus on as they try to bounce back next week at home against Dacula.

"I'm kind of tired of the rankings, myself," Conn said. "This is a wake-up call for these kids."

As much as Friday night's loss may have hurt on the national scene, the Rams still have plenty of goals left this season, including trying to defend last year's state championship.

"We have to (try to turn the loss into a positive) at this point," Conn said. "I'm not one of those guys who thinks losing makes you a better team, but at this point, we have to accept what happened and move forward. We'll see how the kids respond."

Diamond Panthers honored

While the Parkview football team likely dashed Grayson's hope for a national football championship Friday night, another set of national champions were present Friday night.

Parkview's baseball team, which won its second straight Class AAAAA state title and was named national champions by Baseball America this past spring, were honored at halftime of the Panthers' football win over Grayson.

Among those present were Daily Post 2012 Player of the Year Matt Olson, a compensatory round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics currently on hiatus between the regular season of the Arizona Rookie League and fall league.

Several other individuals that played a part in the baseball team's success also played a role in the Panther football team's success.

Among them were quarterback/infielder/outfielder Rob Youngblood, who hooked up with receiver/left-handed pitcher Mac Marshall on a 12-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Other prominent members of the baseball team participating in the football game Friday included defensive end/punter/catcher Hunter Thornton and defensive lineman/outfielder Micah Finley.

Norcross puts together four quarters against North

It wasn't unusual for Norcross to build a big lead over North Gwinnett in Friday's 31-21 victory.

The Blue Devils have been up on the Bulldogs 19-0, 16-0 and 22-0 three of the last four years only to see North storm back to victory.

Norcross built a 17-point lead after Kevin Mouhon's 86-yard interception return touchdown in the third quarter. But this time, Norcross didn't let North rally for a victory.

"They didn't panic like they have in the past," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said.

North was able to cut the lead to 10 points twice, but Norcross either responded with a score or defensive stop. It was something they weren't able to do in previous years.

"We focused on finishing this week," Maloof said. "We focused on it being a four-quarter game. We didn't focus on getting too excited when we got up and our kids maintained."

Priester makes big impact for Broncos

Brookwood wide receiver Ky Priester, a transfer from Florida, had a good game in the season opener, but had his best effort so far Friday night in a win over Archer.

The senior, formerly a Georgia commitment who reopened his recruiting, caught seven passes for 123 yards, including a 56-yard, first-half TD in the Broncos' 20-19 win. He made two big catches on a last-minute drive that set up Brandon Morrow's game-winning field goal with 11 seconds left.

"It's definitely my best game here," Priester said. "They started feeding me the ball more."

What may have been Priester's most athletic play didn't even count. He jumped high and pulled down an onside kick late in the game, but it was flagged because the referees ruled he interfered with the receiver by jumping in front of him.

QB shuffle

The Brookwood-Archer game featured two teams that have done some shuffling with the quarterback position.

Archer's K.J. Parmer entered the season as the projected starter, but sophomore Gabe Tiller played the entire game at quarterback for the Tigers. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 137 yards and two interceptions (the second on a game-ending Hail Mary). Parmer moved to receiver, where he is a playmaker. He caught four passes for 45 yards vs. the Broncos.

Brookwood alternated possessions with senior Zach Moon and junior Joey McLane much of Friday's game.

Moon completed 12 of 22 passes for 173 yards and a TD. He led the game-winning drive with two key scrambles and two clutch passes to Priester, but also threw a first-half interception that led to an Archer TD.

McLane's line wasn't great -- 2 of 8 passing for 43 yards -- but he led a fourth-quarter drive that closed the gap to 19-17 with 2:41 left. Early in that drive, he also had the game's most clutch pass, a 31-yarder to Jamaal Cole on fourth-and-10.

"Both quarterbacks played decently," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. "They both made some good throws. They both made some bad throws. They both had some drops, too."

Both quarterbacks also had a few receivers drop passes.

Challenges still ahead for DeVozea

Despite a big night in his team's 49-0 win over Mountain View, Mill Creek running back DeVozea Felton is still being challenged by his coach.

The junior had just five rushing attempts, but picked up 148 yards and scored three TDs. Felton also caught three passes for 64 yards and had a TD catch from sophomore quarterback Daniel David.

Still, head coach Shannon Jarvis wasn't ready to tag it a breakout game for Felton. "It's only a breakout game if he can back it up and play well again next week and through out the season. But DeVozea does give us another weapon and we need that type of production. I'm very happy for him and our entire offense tonight."

Hawks 'D' steps up big

The Mill Creek offense is averaging 35 points per game after Friday night's win, but don't forget about the Hawks' defense, which recorded another shutout -- its second of the season after blanking Dacula 35-0 in the season-opener. In fact, Mill Creek has outscored its opponents 84-0 since the Hawks' home field was dedicated for retiring Mill Creek principal Dr. Jim Markam to start the season.

-- Sports Editor Will Hammock, sports writers Brandon Brigman and David Friedlander and staff correspondent Steve Argo contributed to this report