Parkview Baptist senior quarterback Reggie Hayes Jr. closed the curtain on the regular-season portion of his career at home with quite a going-away performance.
The Eagles, primed for another deep postseason run starting next week, hope Hayes’ performance is a sign of things to come.
The senior rushed 12 times for a team-high 164 yards, scoring five touchdowns, to help No. 6 Parkview withstand a determined effort from Port Allen in a 55-38 District 6-3A victory Thursday night at PBS.
“He’s a special player,” Port Allen coach Nick Mitchell said of Hayes. “He got loose three times on us and scored all three times. That’s what great players do.”
Hayes’ effort was part of a 478-yard rushing effort from Parkview Baptist (7-3, 6-1), which is looking for a return trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after a Division II select runner-up finish a year ago.
“I thought we looked really good at times and really bad at times,” Parkview coach Jay Mayet said. “I told them we need to be more consistent. It’s the playoff run now.”
Port Allen (4-6, 3-4) played much better than its current No. 25 power rating, twice rallying from 20-point deficits in the second quarter, but could never get closer than a touchdown.
The Pelicans unleashed an offensive flurry that produced 464 yards on 59 plays with running back Ken Broussard rushing 17 times for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Jarius Robertson accounted for 301 yards and three touchdowns, running for 159 yards and two TDs and passing for another 142 and a score to Broussard.
The two teams combined for 950 yards — 486 for Parkview, 464 for Port Allen — 46 first downs and 14 touchdowns.
During a key seven-minute stretch of the second quarter, there were five touchdowns scored with Parkview answering after Broussard’s 7-yard run with a 32-yard scoring run from Hayes to make it 34-20 at halftime.
“Offensively, we pretty much established the run and felt good about that even though they were putting some points on the board,” Mayet said.
Kayin White punctuated his 162-yard effort with a 69-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter and another 14-yarder with 9:03 remaining for a 48-26 lead after Wade Simmons’ extra point.
Nelson Smith nearly gave the Eagles a third 100-yard rusher. He finished with 98 yards on 16 carries.
Port Allen remained within striking distance when Broussard scored on a 28-yard TD pass from Robertson and added a 31-yard dash to make it 48-32 with 7:43 remaining.
Hayes, who averaged 29 yards per scoring play, came back two plays later after Broussard’s scoring run for a 55-32 lead with a 14-yard TD on second down, a series Trent Kavanaugh set up with a 37-yard kickoff return of a squib kick.
Hayes gave Parkview a 13-0 lead in the first quarter on runs of 41 and 1 yard, respectively, and added TDs on 57 and 32 yards during the furious second quarter when the teams combined for score six touchdowns and 34 points.
“Looking at them on film, they’re a very athletic team and well coached,” Mayet said. “We knew it was going to be a dogfight. They’re a lot of better than their record shows. We weren’t surprised.”