Parkview Baptist returned two kicks for touchdowns Friday night to spark a 56-14 District 6-3A win over Glen Oaks at Louisiana Leadership Institute’s Doug Williams Field.
Both kick returns came in the game’s opening minutes as 10th-ranked Parkview (5-3, 3-0) took a 14-0 lead before its offense stepped onto the field.
Glen Oaks (3-4, 1-1) appeared out of sync for most of the game before two late scoring runs by Johnta’ Herbert reminded Parkview how dangerous the Panthers can be.
“It was nice to just get out here and play and get rid of the distractions,” Parkview coach Kenny Guillot said of his team’s first action since the previous week’s game with Baker was called in the third quarter after both teams engaged in a brawl.
“The thing with last week is, it’s finally over, and hopefully we’ll get in a good game next week to get ready for the playoffs.”
Against Glen Oaks, Parkview’s offense rolled up 333 yards including 277 on the ground. Hezekiah Randolph led Parkview with 95 yards and two touchdowns, and Conner Hodgeson added 80 yards and a score.
Glen Oaks had few offensive highlights until Herbert found success from the shotgun formation late in the third quarter. Herbert scored the Panthers first touchdown on a 39-yard run down the left sideline and added a similar 68-yard score in the fourth.
“The kids are still fighting and playing hard. I’m proud of them,” said Donald Clark, interim coach for Glen Oaks since GOHS placed Landry Williams on administrative leave earlier in the week.
“Parkview is a very good team. They’re not the same team that Scotlandville beat. That was the real Parkview you saw tonight.”
Before kickoff, the teams met at midfield and shook hands in a show of sportsmanship. Once the game started, Parkview Baptist immediately showed it was ready to play.
Austin Suits took the opening kickoff at the PBS 19, broke clear at midfield and went on to score untouched. Glen Oaks was unable to move the ball following the ensuing kickoff, and punted back to Parkview.
This time, Cole Wilson fielded the kick at the GOHS 32, cut to the left sideline and cruised into the end zone. Neil Scott’s extra point made the lead 14-0 with 10:10 left in the first quarter.
“Starting with two kick returns really put us in a good place,” Guillot said. “It was important, because, like you saw at the end, Glen Oaks has some good athletes.”
Parkview finally got its offense onto the field after forcing a second Glen Oaks punt. The Eagles took over at midfield and used nine plays to travel 52 yards. Randolph’s 6-yard run capped the first of four PBS scoring drives.
The second drive was aided by a fake punt near midfield. Wilson took a direct snap and gained 4 yards on 4th-and-3. Hodgeson scored on a 39-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
Denton Kirby’s interception set up a 24-yard drive for Parkview’s next score. It led to Randolph’s 6-yard run that put the Eagles up 35-0 midway through the second.
Parkview moved 29 yards to take a 42-0 lead following a short Glen Oaks punt. Brennan Bozeman kept for 10 yards and then found Suits for a 10-yard touchdown pass.