Based on the scouting report, Parkview Baptist’s Trent Kavanaugh was just hoping to generate something positive with Friday’s opening kickoff against Brusly.
Kavanaugh wound up going above and beyond the call of duty.
A game-opening pooch kick not only bounced off Parkview’s turf field but initially was bobbled until Kavanaugh secured the ball, hurdled a player and found himself in the clear en route to a 67-yard touchdown.
The opening-game theatrics served as a catalyst in No. 5 Parkview Baptist’s opening salvo — 21 points in five minutes — on its way to a 49-7 District 6-3A victory over Brusly.
“Our special teams coach said to just get what I could,” Kavanaugh said. “I didn’t know what side it would go to. I was trying to get what I could, and it turned out to be in the end zone.”
It marked the second straight scorching start for Parkview (4-2, 2-0), which put Baker away by halftime a week ago. The Eagles led Brusly 28-7 after the first quarter and 42-7 at halftime.
“I thought we executed on both sides of the ball and special teams,” Parkview coach Jay Mayet said. “Other than a muffed punt, I’m real pleased with how we played. We’re getting healthier and we’re getting some starters back, and that’s helping out.”
Kavanaugh also capped PBS’ fourth-straight scoring drive to make it 35-7 at 10:26 of the second quarter with an 11-yard run followed by Dillon Hoglen’s fourth successful extra point.
“He does so much for us,” Mayet said of Kavanaugh. “There’s a lot of things we revolve around him in all phases. When he’s healthy, it makes us a lot better team.”
Playing with mostly reserves in the second half, PBS scored with 11:05 to play when Mayet’s son Cole rushed for a 2-yard TD.
The Eagles outgained the Panthers (2-3, 0-2) 152-54 in the first quarter, 242-113 at halftime and 305-160 overall. Running back Kayin White rushed for 110 of his team-high 121 yards in the first quarter and a touchdown.
PBS quarterback Reggie Hayes accounted for a pair of scores with a 1-yard sneak for a 21-0 lead five minutes in.
PBS made it 42-7 the first play after stopping a fake punt a yard short of a first down when Hayes connected with Jacob Ruffin on a 29-yard TD with 1:58 left before half.
“We wanted to punch one in right before half and get a little more comfortable lead and get some younger guys playing time in the second half,” Mayet said.
Klay Clopton’s recovery of a muffed punt led to Brusly’s lone score: a 1-yard run by quarterback Jason Holiday that cut PBS’ lead to 21-7 with just over three minutes left in the opening quarter.
Holiday rushed 17 times for 37 yards and completed 6 of 21 passes for 82 yards and two interceptions with receivers Hayden Richard (3-45) and Caleb Dupont (3-37) leading the way.
“Hat’s off to Parkview,” said Brusly coach Marc Brown, who bemoaned his team’s 18 penalties for 192 yards. “They played a good game and jumped us real quick and got control of the game.”