Originally created 12/15/01

Parkview runs past Valdosta



ATLANTA -- Sean Dawkins ran for 141 yards and scored three touchdowns as top-ranked Parkview won its 29th straight game, beating Valdosta 30-14 in the Class AAAAA semifinals on Friday at the Georgia Dome.

Parkview (14-0) will go for its second straight state championship -- and third in five years on Dec. 22 against the winner of Saturday's game between Collins Hill and Northside-Warner Robins. The Panthers beat Harrison for the 2000 title and won the Class AAAA crown in 1997, when they beat Tift County.

Dawkins scored on runs of 7, 38 and 9 yards, and the Panthers overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit in their first-ever meeting with Valdosta (12-2), which has won 23 state championships.

Brad Lester added 86 rushing yards and Dustin Wade completed 6-of-8 passes for 70 yards as Parkview out-gained the Wildcats 344-176.

Parkview capitalized on a short punt and an interception to score two first-half touchdowns.

After a 12-yard punt by Valdosta's Andy Dressel, the Panthers moved 43 yards in seven plays, scoring on Dustin Wade's 17-yard pass to Jeff Francoeur.

Valdosta's Jarod Alford scored on a 16-yard run late in the first quarter to even the score at 7, but was picked off by Joey Sturdivant midway through the second to set up Parkview's second touchdown. Sturdivant returned the ball to the Wildcats' 12, and two plays later Sean Dawkins scored on a 7-yard run for a 13-7 Parkview lead.

Corey James scored on a 1-yard run to give Valdosta its only lead at 14-13, but the Panthers opened the third quarter with a six-play, 64-yard drive. Dawkins' 38-yard run put Parkview up 20-14, and he added the 9-yard TD for a 27-14 cushion late in the third quarter.

Kenneth Berrong closed the scoring with a 29-yard field goal with 5:36 left.

Alford completed 10-of-18 passes for 78 yards for the Wildcats, but was intercepted twice and sacked four times.