Parkview Baptist quarterback Reggie Hayes Jr. said he never covered so much ground in so little time.
On the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage following Trent Kavanaugh’s fumble recovery, Hayes emerged from his offensive line to find a gaping hole up the middle and sprinted into the school’s record book.
Hayes dashed 97 yards to break a tie early in the second quarter and provide No. 7 Parkview Baptist with a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in a 35-14 home District 7-3A victory over Brusly.
“It was one of our basic plays which is a midline option,” Hayes said. “I just saw a crease and I ran as fast as I could.”
The second of Hayes’ three-touchdown outing, to go with a team-high 152 rushing yards, broke Paul Plaisance’s previous record scoring run of 88 yards and ignited a stretch of 21 straight points.
Parkview (4-1, 2-0) won for the fourth consecutive time, setting up next Thursday’s league showdown at No. 2 University High.
The pivotal play took place after Parkview misfired on a fake punt from its 30-yard line with 45.2 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Quarterback Evan Daigle directed Brusly (1-4, 0-2) to Parkview’s 5-yard line when on first-and-goal Dylan Claiborne was hit at the line of scrimmage and fumbled into the air, where Kavanaugh recovered at the goal line, returning it 3 yards.
“It was a big play defensively,” PBS coach Jay Mayet said. “We had a great defensive stand that caused a turnover and we recovered. The next play offensively was a big play.”
Instead of possibly trailing by a touchdown, Parkview reeled off 21 unanswered points with a 1-yard run from Nelson Smith capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive with 15.2 seconds to make it 20-7 at halftime.
Hayes made it 28-7 with 6:53 left on a 2-yard score and defensive back Josh Stansell added a 67-yard interception return with just over two minutes to go.
“Against a good team like Parkview, you better execute the game plan when they give you something,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “We did at times, but then we made mistakes. Hopefully we’ll grow up a little and be able to do it, because we could have been in the game a whole lot more.”
Parkview defensive lineman Michael Tarwater was a force with 14 tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage, and three sacks. The Eagles sacked Daigle nine times and limited Brusly to 43 yards on 35 carries, led by Zavian Bell’s 10 attempts for 35 yards.
Daigle completed 8 of 12 passes for 76 yards and a 12-yard touchdown to Gerrod Thomas that pulled the Panthers even at 7 late in the first quarter.
Hayes gave Parkview an early 7-0 lead on a 27-yard scamper before easily topping that with a burst right up the middle of Brusly’s defense with defensive back Caleb Henderson giving chase.
“I kind of figured someone was behind me because I heard the crowd start screaming,” Hayes said. “So I turned it up more because I was kind of winded. I wasn’t going to let him catch me.”