The scoreboard may tell one story about a Parkview Baptist football game, but the Eagles must ultimately ask themselves one question afterward.
Did we get better today?
The refrain has originated from first-year coach Jay Mayet and trickled down to staff members and more importantly, the players in the process-oriented program.
“Our message is the same regardless win or lose,” Mayet said. “We don’t talk about being better than other teams. We tell our guys to be better than you were yesterday; be better the next play. That’s what we focus on, and if we do that then we’re focusing on the things we can control.”
Since a season-opening 55-25 loss to Catholic High, Parkview’s gone about the business of improving each game and the result has been a three-game win streak, including a District 7-3A opening 41-20 victory over Baker.
Parkview, which was ranked No. 9 in the Class 3A preseason poll, remained No. 7 for the second straight week with 73 points, just behind No. 6 Jennings (3-1), in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s rankings that were released Monday.
Parkview’s part of a sizeable area contingent in the Class 3A ranks with District 7-3A foe University (4-0) holding steady at No. 2 with Livonia (3-0) still No. 9 once again.
“The kids deserve all the credit,” Mayet said. “A lot of people don’t realize how many kids we’ve had out; how many starters we’ve had miss games.”
Despite a narrow three-point loss to top-ranked Rummel, Catholic High (3-1) held down the No. 5 in Class 5A for the second consecutive week with a 79-78 edge over No. 6 Jesuit.
Zachary (3-1) has reeled off three straight win to garner votes along with Dutchtown (2-2) and Woodlawn (3-1).
Fifth-ranked Plaquemine (4-0) survived a 49-47 shootout at Class 3A’s No. 3 Jennings and maintained that exact ranking, trailing former No. 1 Warren Easton (3-1) 104-103 in total points.
St. Thomas More (4-0) replaced Easton at the No. 1 spot — leaping two spots — after an impressive 56-19 triumph over Evangel Christian Academy.
Lutcher (3-1) took a tumble two spots to No. 8 after a 31-28 home setback against St. Amant.
Without playing last week Episcopal (3-0) continued its steady climb in Class 2A, parlaying a bye into a No. 7 ranking after previously seventh-ranked Loreauville (2-2) dropped out of the rankings.
Springfield (3-1) received votes after a 26-21 setback against No. 7 Northlake Christian, while Northeast (4-0) also picked up votes.
A 30-13 victory kept White Castle (3-1) ranked No. 9 in Class 1A with Madison Prep (3-1) and Ascension Catholic (4-0) each moving on the cusp of the rankings.
Parkview has bounced back impressively since its Week 1 defeat, walloping Class 5A Broadmoor (41-18) and Kipp Renaissance (45-20) before serving notice they would again be a force in district play.
The Eagles built a comfortable 34-0 halftime lead over Baker and added another score in the third quarter to further put the game out of reach.
“We were 0-1 at this time and had a pretty good season last year,” said Mayet, repeating his message after the game with Catholic. “They committed to the process we’re doing, looking at film, make corrections and getting better from it.”