BOSSIER CITY — Acadiana High School gashed Parkway’s defense en route to the 2013 state title, but a repeat wasn’t in the cards Friday as the No. 6 Panthers blew past the No. 11 Wreckin’ Rams 55-28 in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The Rams’ veer attack was mostly corralled on the night, but none bigger than a fourth-down stop inside the 5-yard line that changed the complexion of the game.
Acadiana (8-3) trailed just 14-12 with 3:46 left in the second quarter when quarterback Myles Hutchison was stacked up at the line of scrimmage, ending a 19-play drive without any points.
Parkway’s offense rattled off three touchdowns in that final 3:46 of the half to cruise to a 35-12 halftime lead. The Panthers (11-1) added a late third-quarter score to put the game out of reach at 42-12.
The Panthers’ late second-quarter explosion started with an 83-yard touchdown strike from running back C.J. Morgan to receiver Terrence Marshall Jr. Morgan caught a lateral before hitting a streaking Marshall for a 21-12 lead.
Acadiana’s Kevin Moore was intercepted by Parkaway’s Greg Jones — one of three first-half Rams’ turnovers — to set up Parkway in the red zone.
The Panthers capitalized on a Keontre Wudtee 20-yard pass to Morgan for a 28-12 edge with 1:01 left in the second quarter.
After Hutchison was picked off by Parkway’s Lloyd Cole with 30 seconds left in the half, the Panthers stuck in one more score on a 34-yard strike from Wudtee to Morgan.
Wudtee finished with 246 passing yards (10-of-18) and five passing touchdowns with another rushing score.
The versatile Morgan caught three touchdowns and threw for another in the first half. He finished with 133 receiving yards, 83 passing yards and 16 rushing yards.
Acadiana’s offense moved the ball on lengthy drives for most of the game, but the Rams didn’t score of drives of 19 and 12 plays, the latter on their first possession of the third quarter. The loss ended Acadiana’s seven-game winning streak after a 1-2 start.
Rams’ tight end Javonis Isaac was a bright spot with three receiving touchdowns. Hutchison finished with 101 passing yards on 5-of-6 with an interception.
Isaac caught his first touchdown (31 yards) on Acadiana’s first drive to put the Rams up 6-0 early.
Parkway answered with a Wudtee 79-yard pass to Morgan for a 7-6 edge.
Acadiana regained the lead two possessions later on a Jayrin Wilson 1-yard plunge for a 12-7 margin. That score was set up by Javonte Edmond’s 54 yard punt return. Wilson rushed for 55 yards on the night.
The Rams totaled 266 rushing yards with four players gaining at least 50 yards. Moore led the way with 67 yards, and Bralen Trahan (58 yards), and Hutchison (51 yards) were all major contributors.