Clash of the Titans as Parkview Plays Centennial

How do you beat a team that hasn't lost since Bill Clinton was in office? Parkview High School Head Coach Cecil Flowe has combined a lot of talent with a little luck to string together 41 straight wins dating back to the 1999 season.

This year, the Panthers are 11-0, again, and are in position for another state title run.

Check out these numbers: In the Panthers' 11 wins, 6 of them are shutouts, and in 2 of the wins, the Panther defense gave up 7 or less points. Heck, the most points Parkview has allowed all season was 15 which came in round one of the playoffs against North Cobb.

"You've got to find a way to shut them out, somehow, someway," says Head Coach Cecil Flowe. "Our winning streak has come from hard work and preparation. Our kids give a lot and our coaches give a lot. They understand the complexity and the sacrifice it takes to get to the top. The rewards are there for the hard work; it's a pride thing."

It also doesn't hurt when you have the best offensive line in the Southeast. Led by Georgia recruit Zeb McKinzey, the Panthers have size. Brandon Pilgrim is headed to Clemson, David Overmyer is deciding between a few schools such as South Carolina, and center Kenneth Czar is the spark plug that keeps this O-Line together.

"It's rare to have 3 big guys like that. We won the state title with guys who were 200 pounds. They were strong and busted their butts for us," says Flowe, "but this is the biggest line I've ever had."

Having 8 TheInsider.com recruits makes Flowe not only a coach, but a phone operator as well. Flowe has talked to just about every major college coach in the country at one point or another. It's allowed him to make friendships and help his kids out. Only 2 of his lineman have verbally commited so far, but guys like Running Back Sean Dawkins, Quarterback Dustin Wade, Running Back/Safety Joey Sturdivant, Defensive End Todd Brooks, and Fullback/Lineman Matt Romano are deciding between many big time programs.

"If I had a dollar for every phone call I received, I could retire right now," says Flowe, "It's a lot better than the phone not ringing. I remember the days when the phone would ring wanting to schedule us for a homecoming game."

This is Flowe's 11th season at Parkview. It's been quite sometime since anyone has wanted the Panthers as a homecoming opponent. This week, Centennial comes to town in round 2 of the post season. They, too, come in with an undefeated record, but coach Flowe will take his guys anyday.

"We have to play keep-away football. (Centennial players) are very physical, grind it out and sheme the entire game", says Flowe. "We have to play a complete game. You can't beat yourselves and turnovers will kill you. But we've been in a lot of big games, and I like our guys."


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