How they got here
UNIVERSITY: had a first-round bye, beat No. 9 St. Louis 61-21 and beat No. 4 Notre Dame 35-13.
PARKVIEW: beat No. 10 Lusher 34-7 (first round), beat No. 2 St. Michael 49-20 and beat No. 3 St. Charles Catholic 29-20.
UNIVERSITY: Two (last 1988); PARKVIEW: Four (last 2012)
Storyline: You Again?
This marks the fourth time in the past two years the District 7-3A rivals have met, with U-High winning the first three.
UNIVERSITY: The diverse Cubs combine a pounding running game with well orchestrated passes. That’s how you average 41.8 points per game. How the speedy UHS defense handles an improved PBS’ option offense will be pivotal.
PARKVIEW: The Eagles need to play keep-away on offense and find ways to get off the field on third downs on defense. Long drives will be necessary to keep potent U-High off the field.
UNIVERSITY: LSU commitment Nick Brossette and Manny Miles, son of LSU’s coach, are the key offensive cogs. Brossette (1,521 rushing yards, 24 TDs) has 8,434 career rushing yards. Miles, who missed nearly four games with a high ankle sprain, has 1,759 passing yards and 23 TDs with just one interception (and a completion percentage of 70). Florida commitment Tre’ Jackson plays DB and is the top receiver (45 catches, 876 yards, 9 TDs). The nation’s top sophomore, LB Dylan Moses, heads a big-play defense with DBs Malik Antoine and Jalon Baker.
PARKVIEW: Reggie Hayes Jr. (1,018 yards, 19 TDs rushing; 587 yards and 7 more TDs passing) and Kayin White (1,049 yards, 14 TDs), who has emerged since midseason, lead the option offense. There’s also Rice commitment Houston Robert, who has 804 yards and 6 TDs. Keep an eye on two defensive linemen: BJ Gaines (75 tackles) and Michael Tarwater (16 tackles for loss, with 7 sacks).
Both are better than when U-High won 28-7 in October. And both can be prolific on offense. But U-High has too many options for just about any team to cover. ... UNIVERSITY 42, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 28