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Parkview's Jared Brown (1) trie to out run a defender during Friday’s game played at Brookwood High School.(Photo: Craig Cappy)

Camden County Wildcats (1-AAAAAAA)

Coach: Bob Sphire

Record: 5-5

Last week: Had a bye

Parkview Panthers (4-AAAAAAA)

Coach: Eric Godfree

Record: 6-3

Last week: Lost to Brookwood 35-25

Both Parkview and Camden County fought through rough stretches late in the regular season, but both did enough to reach Friday’s Class AAAAAAA state playoff football game in Lilburn.

Parkview played a complete game in a 35-7 win over Newton in the region opener, then got routed by Grayson 47-7, needed overtime to beat South Gwinnett 28-21 and lost 35-25 last week to rival Brookwood.

Camden County endured similar results in losing four of its final five games, the most recent a 28-21 loss to Lowndes two weeks ago. The Wildcats also lost to powers Colquitt County and Warner Robins during that span, but managed a 35-14 win over Tift County that gave them the No. 3 seed.

The game is a bit of homecoming for Sphire, who had a successful tenure as North Gwinnett’s head coach from 2006-16.

Sphire’s Wildcats will face a strong Parkview rushing attack that has been led by Cody Brown and Tyler Curtis. Young quarterback Colin Houck also has carried the Panthers’ offense at times. The defense must improve from last week when it allowed Brookwood backup quarterback Jack Spyke to complete 17 of 18 passes.

With a win, Parkview would face the East Coweta-Marietta winner in the second round.

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last meeting: Camden won 12-10 in 2004

Location: Parkview High School

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