"There are eight teams still in it, and you're one of them," Parkview football coach Cecil Flowe told his team after it defeated West Forsyth 26-23 Friday night in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
Five other local coaches had similar things to say to their teams, too, after Gwinnett County had another stellar night in the Georgia High School Association postseason.
The biggest win of the night came in Grayson, where North Gwinnett upset the defending state champions 28-10. North will play at Lovejoy next week as one of three Region 7-AAAAAAA teams still alive in the playoffs.
Region 7-AAAAAA champ Norcross beat South Gwinnett 27-7 Friday, while third-place Mill Creek blasted Brookwood 56-21, avenging a loss to the Broncos earlier in the season. Norcross will play Camden County next week (site TBA) and Mill Creek will play at North Cobb.
Parkview's win over West Forsyth was the Panthers' second straight overtime win in the playoffs. The Panthers beat Walton 20-17 in the first round. They are the lone team still in the playoffs from Region 8-AAAAAA, which produced the last two state champs in the largest classification (Grayson last year and Brookwood in 2010).
Also advancing Friday were Greater Atlanta Christian (a 52-21 winner at Heard County) in Class AA, and Buford (13-0 over North Oconee) in Class AAA. GAC hosts Early County next week; Buford travels to Carver-Columbus.