What else can be said about the Parkview Panthers run of 45 straight games? The big question leading into the season is: "Can they do it again without all of those linemen?"
Zeb McKinzey, Brandon Pilgrim, and David Overmyer anchored an offensive line
that paved the way to three straight state titles. Those guys are now playing
big time Division 1 college football, and no one in the state feels sorry for
the Panthers. But, they better not underestimate the team that Parkview will put
on the field this year.
Leading the ground attack will be 1,600 yard rusher Brad Lester. Lester shared
time with Troy State signee Sean Dawkins last year, but this year the load will
fall squarely on his shoulders. The line may not be as talented, but Lester is
up for the challenge.
"I think we will be just as good up front for the most part," said
Lester. "Those guys were great, but we have some new players coming in that
are good football players too. Zeb McKinzey will be the hardest one to
Gone also is Dustin Wade at quarterback, who did not lose one game in his four year
career at Parkview, and he finished 30-0 as a starter for the varsity. Todd
Faulkner steps into Wade's shoes and will be a more than adequate replacement.
Greg Sudderth is back on both sides of the ball, and he will be a weapon at
receiver and corner for the Panthers.
Demetrice Alexander is back as well, and he is a three year starter at
linebacker. Kyle McKee is a senior linebacker that will be counted on heavily as
With Sudderth and Lester on offense, Parkview is going to have speed to burn.
While the Panthers will be hard pressed to field a team as strong and deep as
the 2002 version, they won't have to be THAT good in order to defend their
crown. Key games as always will be Brookwood, Collins Hill, and South Gwinnett.
Parkview has to be considered the favorite in 5A until someone ends that long
winning streak, and Dacula will get the first shot in the Georgia Dome in just
under 3 weeks.
2003 Preview: Parkview Panthers
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