Panthers break state records in championship game

Head football coach, Cecil Flowe, credits the amazing success of his Parkview Panthers to experience.

Some might say that Parkview's three consecutive state titles, five victories in a row against archrival Brookwood and 45 week of being 1-0 (a Georgia High School Association record) takes more than just experience. Experience plus incredible talent and excellent coaching makes the difference.

But experience definitely helps. The present senior roster took its first championship title as sophomores. They haven't quit. Saturday night's win over Brookwood completed the win streak for the Class of 2003, making this team the greatest of Flowe's four state championship teams since 1997.

Near freezing temperatures and the noise of 10,000 screaming fans failed to cool the hot streak in Parkview's Big Orange Jungle Saturday night.

The team's mantra, 1-0 a week, proves Parkview players can focus on winning one week at a time. Forty-five wins ago, Parkview began the streak by edging out Harrison 8-7 on penetration in overtime during the Corky Kell Kickoff Classic.

Parkview surpasses Lincoln County's 44 consecutive victories, set in 1998-91. Furthermore, Parkview is the first school to win three consecutive state championships since Valdosta accomplished that feat in 1960-1962.

In the 2002 championship game, the Panthers outplayed the Bronchs in every area. In rushing, the fierce felines tallied 217 yards to the equestrian's 88. Panthers went airborne for 143 yards to Brookwood's 9.

Three-year starter Sean Dawkins, who has amassed more than 3,500 yards rushing for his career and scored five touchdowns in championship games, rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries.

"We [the seniors] got together before the game and said, 'This is our last game. I don't care if you're playing college football or not, this is the last time we've got to prove ourselves,' " Dawkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We came out here and did it."

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