Parkview 37, Brookwood 24

Led by a potent ground game and an aggressive defense, Parkview overcame a big early deficit and steadily pulled away in a 37-24 win over rival Brookwood in the Region 8-AAAAAA opener for both teams.

Quarterback Jack Chambers and running back Cameron Watson combined for the bulk of the Panthers' damage, with Chambers rushing for 92 yards and four scores and Watson posting a team-high 102 rushing yards on 12 carries.

The game was interrupted for 90 minutes by weather delays in the first quarter with Brookwood (0-3) holding a 17-0 lead. But Parkview (2-1) regrouped after the unscheduled intermission and cut the halftime deficit to 17-14.

Receiving the kickoff when play resumed, the Panthers drove 80 yards in two minutes. Chambers capped the march with an 11-yard dash.

His second score, this one from 8 yards out, was the culmination of a nine-play, 69-yard drive that was aided by a personal foul penalty after an incompletion on third and long.

Meanwhile, the Parkview defense wasn't budging after giving up an early 76-yard touchdown run to Brookwood's Jesse Brown. Until a late surge by the Bronco offense in the fourth quarter, the Panthers had allowed only two plays of more than 10 yards.

The Broncos struggled offensively in their first two games of the season, mustering only 10 points in losses to Valdosta and Norcross, but exceeded that number with 17 points in the first eight and a half minutes of Friday's game.

Brown got the scoring started when broke loose off right tackle and raced 76 yards for a touchdown with 8:21 remaining the first quarter.

Nick Marquez added a 40-yard field goal after a quick three-and-out and a short punt from Parkview, and on the first play from scrimmage after the ensuing kickoff, Myles Scott stepped in front of a Panthers screen pass and went 18 yards untouched for the score.

Brookwood didn't score again until midway through the fourth quarter.

Chambers added 134 passing yards for Parkview, while Johnathan Boyd led all receivers with five catches for 124 yards.

Brown finished with 108 rushing yards on 14 carries for Brookwood,