2003 Preview: Parkview Panthers

Can Parkview do it again, or were the losses from the 2002 team too high?

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 replace."

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 well.

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.

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