This week on Friday Night Football:

We enter our third week of the 2020 regular season with one of the biggest matchups in the nation this week, when the Parkview Panthers (1-0 Record/ #4-ranked in AAAAAAA) visit the North Gwinnett Bulldogs (2-0 Record/ #3-ranked in AAAAAAA).

This is great matchup featuring two programs which are ranked in various national high school football polls and both are true “tier one” state championship contenders.

Parkview returns eight all-region performers from a 2019 team which posted a 12-2 record and reached the state semifinals.

Even with a star-studded roster, senior running back Cody Brown is the man who garners the most attention. The University of Tennessee commit burst on the scene his freshman year with nine touchdowns on just 53 carries. Since that emergent season, Brown (6’0/ 227) has tallied nearly 3,600 rushing yards in his last three seasons combined.

Even with Brown closing in on 1,700 yards last year, senior running back Tyler Curtis finished his season with 964 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. During the preseason this year, we knew they would be a dynamic combo in the backfield in 2020 and it showed in last week’s victory over Mountain View.

With the Panthers rolling to a 33-16 win, the pair combined for 379 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Brown went for 18 carries, 237 yards and two scores. Curtis rushed 13 times for 142 yards and three touchdowns. 

Parkview head coach Eric Godfree enters his seventh season in Lilburn with a 51-22 record and is 104-72 all-time. Godfree is a “Parkview man”, having played on the first Panther team in school history to win a playoff game (1994). After his playing days, Godfree coached on the 2000-02 Parkview state championship teams that were part of a state-record 46-game winning streak.

As Parkview was losing to Marietta in the semifinals on one side of the bracket last year, North Gwinnett was falling to Lowndes on the other side. They too were a 12-2 team and state championship caliber.  

And like their fellow Gwinnettians, the Bulldogs feature a roster where it is tough for a writer to isolate just a few players!

The young man raising the most eyebrows is nationally ranked defensive star Barrett Carter (6’1/ 220). The unanimous four-star recruit is a Clemson commit, is a top fifty ranked player in America regardless of position and was an all-state performer in 2019.

The Bulldogs will be playing without one of the top defensive backs in the country as Ohio State commit Jordan Hancock opted out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Head Coach Bill Stewart sits with a 38-6 record as he enters year number four at North Gwinnett. In nine seasons in Georgia as a head coach, Stewart is 77-32, after spending five seasons at Etowah. Of course, Stewart was the man who led the Bulldogs to the state title back in 2017.

With wins over McEachern and Jones County, the Bulldogs are off to a hot start. In the win over the Indians, Carter scored on a 7-yard run, returned an interception 79 yards for a score and had 2.5 tackles for a loss. Underrated senior defensive back Jayson Gilliom returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown.

As odd as it may seem, given the constant contention of these two programs, and their age, this will be only the fifth all-time meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs won the first two matchups in 1976-77, the first of which was Parkview’s second contest in program history. When next they met, the Panthers two wins in 2000-01 were part of the Lilburn based program’s 46-game, record winning streak. They last got together in 2005, a 28-16 Panthers win.

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1. Grayson (2-0)

2.  Lowndes (2-0)

3. North Gwinnett (2-0)

4. Parkview (1-0)

5. Colquitt County

6. Brookwood (1-0)

7. Camden County (1-1)

8. Norcross (1-0)

9. Collins Hill (2-0)

10. North Cobb (2-0)

11. Milton

12. Marietta (1-0)

13. Newton (1-0)

14. Walton (2-0)

15. Mill Creek

16. Archer (0-2)

17. McEachern (0-2)

18. Harrison (0-2)

19. Newnan (1-0)

20. East Coweta (2-0)

1. Valdosta (1-0)

2. Lee County (1-0)

3. Buford (0-1)

4. Dacula (0-1)

5. Allatoona (1-0)

6. Richmond Hill (1-1)

7. Rome (1-0)

8. Douglas County (2-0)

9. Westlake

10. Carrollton (0-1)

11. Lanier (1-0)

12. Glynn Academy (1-1)

13. Kell (0-1)

14. Northside, Warner Robins (1-1)

15. Dalton (1-1)

16. Tucker

17. Johns Creek

18. Riverwood

19. Alexander (2-0)

20. Lovejoy (2-0)

1. Warner Robins (1-1)

2. Coffee (2-0)

3. Cartersville (2-0)

4. Blessed Trinity

5. Ware County (2-0)

6. Clarke Central (1-0)

7. Veterans (2-0)

8. Calhoun (1-1)

9. Wayne County (1-1)

10. Woodward Academy (0-1)

11. Pius X (1-0)

12. Harris County (2-0)

13. Griffin (1-1)

14. Dutchtown (1-1)

15. Ola (2-0)

16. Union Grove (2-0)

17. Jones County (0-2)

18. Stockbridge (0-2)

19. Starr’s Mill (1-1)

20. Northgate (1-1)

1. Marist (1-0)

2. Jefferson (1-0)

3. Benedictine (2-0)

4. Bainbridge (0-1)

5. Cedartown (0-1)

6. Flowery Branch (1-1)

7. Carver, Columbus (1-0)

8. Cairo (0-2)

9. Stephenson

10. Jenkins

11. Hapeville Charter

12. North Oconee (0-2)

13. West Laurens (0-2)

14. Troup (0-2)

15. Perry (0-2)

16. NW Whitfield (2-0)

17. Cedar Shoals (0-2)

18. Westside, Macon

19. Mays (1-1)

20. Thomas County Central (0-1)

1. Crisp County (2-0)

2. Pierce County (2-0)

3. Greater Atlanta Christian (2-0)

4. Oconee County (2-0)

5. Cedar Grove

6. Sandy Creek (1-0)

7. Rockmart (1-1)

8. Peach County (0-1)

9. Thomson (2-0)

10. Mary Persons (1-0)

11. Douglass

12. Westminster

13. White County (2-0)

14. Hart County (0-2)

15. Dawson County (0-2)

16. Appling County

17. Burke County (0-1)

18. Richmond Academy (2-0)

19. Cherokee Bluff (2-0)

20. Carver, Atlanta (0-2)

1. Rabun County (2-0)

2. Fitzgerald (2-0)

3. Thomasville (1-1)

4. Callaway (1-0)

5. Pace Academy (1-0)

6. Bremen (2-0)

7. Heard County (2-0)

8. Swainsboro (1-1)

9. Washington County (0-1)

10. Early County (2-0)

11. Bleckley County (1-1)

12. Toombs County (2-0)

13. Elbert County (1-0)

14. Lamar County (2-0)

15. Haralson County (2-0)

16. Lovett (0-1)

17. Jefferson County (0-1)

18. Dodge County (1-1)

19. Vidalia

20. Temple (2-0)

1. Brooks County (2-0)

2. Irwin County (0-1)

3. Metter (2-0)

4. Macon County (1-0)

5. Clinch County (1-1)

6. Commerce (2-0)

7. Wilcox County (1-0)

8. Pelham (1-1)

9. Dublin (0-1)

10. Marion County (0-1)

11. Mitchell County (0-2)

12. Claxton (1-0)

13. Emanuel County Institute (0-1)

14. Lincoln County (0-1)

15. Manchester (0-1)

16. Screven County (0-2)

17. Bowdon (0-2)

18. Schley County (1-0)

19. Charlton County (1-0)

20. Mt. Zion Carroll (1-0)

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (2-0)

2. Athens Academy (1-0)

3. Prince Avenue Christian (1-1)

4. Savannah Christian (2-0)

5. Wesleyan (2-0)

6. Fellowship Christian (2-0)

7. Aquinas (2-0)

8. North Cobb Christian (2-0)

9. Darlington (1-0)

10. Christian Heritage (1-1)

11. Trinity Christian (1-1)

12. Holy Innocents (0-2)

13. Calvary Day (1-1)

14. Savannah Country Day (0-1)

15. Hebron Christian (0-1)

16. Whitefield Academy (1-1)

17. Brookstone (2-0)

18. Mount de Sales (1-1)

19. Mount Paran Christian (0-2)

20. Stratford Academy (0-1)

Chris Mooneyham

Chris Mooneyham is a twenty-year broadcast veteran freelancing for several companies across America. Currently, he is a co-host and guest anchor for Atlanta’s sports leader, The Fan 680AM/ 93.7FM. While at The Fan, he has worked a myriad of shows including: NFL Game Day, College Game Day, Friday Night Football, Chuck and Chernoff, Buck and Kincade and The Rude Awakening. Mooneyham also serves as a guest anchor on Sports Updates. Aside from his work in the Fall on 680, you can find Chris reporting on the sidelines for the television broadcasts of Kennesaw State football. In the Spring, the Atlanta native is the play-by-play man for the highly decorated Emory University baseball team. He is a lead play-by-play man for the NFHS Network, and over the last decade, Chris was assigned the call for state championships in nearly every sport. One of his great honors, is spending the last seven years as play-by-play man for the Rising Seniors Georgia Junior Bowl on ESPN. After launching his own production company in 1998, Chris was the voice of Kennesaw State University baseball from 1998-2006; where he worked the 1998 and 1999 Division II National Championship Games and numerous national tournaments. Past jobs on his resume include: play-by-play man for the ABA’s Atlanta Vision, host for the Touchdown Club of Atlanta weekly blog, emcee for the nationally renowned symposium Sports Concussion’s: A Town Hall Meeting, and so much more. His voice over work has been featured all across the country including: Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago, Houston and Seattle. 

Mooneyham graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Communications, with a focus on Media Studies, and a minor in Film Studies. 

Doug Konkel

Doug Konkel has been a presence (sometimes even a wanted one!) at 680 the Fan since 2001. A finalist, but eventual loser, in the original 680 Ultimate Fan Contest, Doug soon began hosting shows with Perry Laurentino, Jerry Elinger and others over the years. Most notably he was on the Sunday morning Review/Preview Show and currently hosts the seasonal recruiting show The Official Visit with Rusty Mansell of 247Sports. He even had a forgettable  stint as Promotions Director at 680 before giving way to the much more able Scott McFarlane. Doug has been part of 680’s Friday Night Football since its inception over a decade ago and has been responsible for color commentary on game broadcasts for the last several years with play-by-play maestro Karl Werl.
Doug’s nomadic academic career took from the University of Florida to the University of South Alabama (where he received a degree in communications) to law school at Georgia State. He is married to the remarkable Laura Zucker, the best pediatrician in Georgia and the world’s most fervent yet diminutive Duke basketball fan, and together they are the parents of two current super-geniuses and future captains of industry, Ben and Sam Konkel.

 

Steve West

Returning to the Friday Night Football lineup is its longest tenured host, the venerable veteran of Atlanta sports radio, Steve West. With 21-years in the Atlanta market, “Westy” has cultivated a loyal listener fanbase as the laid back, book of football knowledge.

With The Fan since day one of the relaunch in September of 2000, only Buck Belue and John Kincade can equal Steve’s service time. In that time, West has guest or co-hosted on countless shows in the station lineup.

The list over the last year would be lengthy as well, but a sampling would include: Buck Belue’s College Football Today, Hometeam and Hamilton, Buck and Kincade, and NFL Game Day.

This Fall, West will begin his 13th season as the host of the 680 FNF Scoreboard Show.  

A die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan, Steve has been a season-ticket holder since the late 1980s, and the Falcon fanbase has always turned to him for straight talk and an honest breakdown of the club.

West earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Residing in Sandy Springs, Steve’s interests include fitness, travel, and pop culture

Karl Werl

Karl Werl begins his fourteenth season as the lead play-by-play voice and one of the original members of 680 the Fan’s Friday Night Football. Karl has worn many hats in broadcasting throughout the Southeast since he entered the business in 2001. He originally started with 790 the Zone as a producer and sports reporter covering the University of Georgia, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Braves as well as producing weekend and daily shows. He started doing play-by-play with Emory University calling baseball, softball, and basketball then had an opportunity to be the Director of Broadcasting and Play-by-Play voice for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League out of Fayetteville, NC where he was selected to call the All-Star game in Wilson, NC and the Petite Cup Championship. While in North Carolina, Karl called high school football and hosted a Saturday morning high school football recap show. Upon his return to Atlanta, Karl returned to the business sector but continued to stay in broadcasting doing freelance play-by-play work for GASports.com and Georgia News Network calling the GHSA Football State Semifinals and Finals, Georgia Public Broadcasting calling basketball games and calling regular season and playoff baseball for the Sunbelt League before being tabbed as the play-by-play voice for 680 the Fan’s Friday Night Football.

Karl graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Along with Mr. Hanover while at The Zone he created the now defunct Werl Ball and finished a close second to Mr. Hanover’s fraternity in the All Row Sports Championship and still thinks they would have won if The Stroke’s blade had not cracked. I’m not bitter.