LILBURN — Running backs Cody Brown and Tyler Curtis led the way for Parkview on Friday night as the Panthers tamed the Archer Tigers 35-17.
Much like the previous week, all touchdowns scored by the Panthers were on the ground.
"The offensive line was amazing tonight," Brown said. "I could have walked through the holes they gave me and scored. The holes they made... it was a running back's dream."
It was a dream-like performance for Brown, who finished with 162 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. Curtis had 154 yards and two touchdowns of his own on 11 touches.
The Parkview defense was phenomenal throughout the game, limiting the Tigers to 147 rushing yards and only 229 yards through the air.
The Panthers sacked Archer quarterback Carter Peevy seven times and picked him off twice. Parkview forced four turnovers.
"Our defense played lights-out," Parkview head coach Eric Godfree said. "We knew (that) their quarterback was really good with his feet and I feel like our defense did a good job of taking care of that challenge this week."
Following a Parkview three-and-out on the opening drive, the Tigers began marching downfield. The Panther defense stood tall as a strip-sack fumble recovery gave their offense the ball in Tiger territory.
Just five plays later, Brown scored for the first time, running over a Tiger defender and spinning through another for a 20-yard score.
Thanks to a few runs from running back Jordon Swain, Archer was able to respond on the following drive with a field goal.
Four drives later, the Panther running game struck again. Facing a long second down from his own 44, Curtis took a handoff and took off through a gaping hole, streaking off to the races and stumbling into the end zone for the second Parkview touchdown of the night.
A short Archer punt from deep inside its territory gave Parkview the ball on the Tiger 39. A long completion and a short run had the Panthers knocking on the door again on the Tiger one yard line. Once again, Parkview called Brown's number, who walked through the porous Archer run defense and into the end zone on the next play.
Exiting a scoreless third quarter, the Tigers needed points immediately.
Peevy found Archer receiver Trey Messer along the sideline for a long, 53-yard reception, putting the Tigers in the red zone. Two plays later, a Peevy fumble recovered by receiver Andrew Dyer in the end zone resulted in the first Archer touchdown of the night.
However, any cheers from the visitors' side of the stadium were quickly hushed when Brown took the first play from scrimmage to the house on a 70-yard, untouched sprint to the end zone.
Following an interception on the ensuing Archer drive, Curtis slammed the door on the Tigers' season as he broke off for a 65-yard touchdown run of his own.
"Coach (Godfree) told me I had to get in and hold the ball and pound it in there," Curtis said. "(He told me that) it might open up outside, and I followed my blocks. As soon as I did, I hit and that was all she wrote from there."
A late 7-yard touchdown run from Peevy on the next drive was not enough to close in on the Panther lead as the Tigers fell minutes later.
Parkview quarterback Jordan Willams finished with 115 yards on 10 completions and added 37 yards on the ground.
Parkview 35, Archer 17
Parkview 7 14 0 14 - 35
Archer 3 0 0 14 - 17
Parkview: Cody Brown 20 run (Nolan McCord kick) 7:07
Archer: Jacob Waters 43 kick 4:16
Parkview: Tyler Curtis 56 run (McCord kick) 4:58
Parkview: Brown 1 run (McCord kick) 2:02
Archer: Andrew Dyer fumble recovery in end zone (Waters kick) 9:02
Parkview: Brown 70 run (McCord kick) 8:44
Parkview: Curtis 65 run (McCord kick) 6:32
Archer: Carter Peevy 7 run (Waters kick) 3:03