Within a two-minute span, Parkview Baptist overcame its first deficit of the game. One quarter later, the Eagles were celebrating a blowout victory.
No. 7 Parkview reeled off 40 unanswered points over the game’s last 14 minutes, including a school-record three interception returns for touchdowns, to pull away for a 60-26 District 7-3A victory Friday over Port Allen.
“You talk about a weird game,” Parkview coach Jay Mayet said.
Parkview (6-2, 3-1) piled up 435 rushing yards on 51 carries with quarterback Reggie Hayes carrying 12 times for 129 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Running back Kayin White led the Eagles with 13 attempts for 153 yards scoring on a 63-yard draw play for a 33-26 lead early in the fourth quarter.
“Looking at matchups, we felt we could move the ball running it,” Mayet sad. “We had so much success. We felt if we could keep doing that and get four and five yards and hit a big one, we felt comfortable sticking with that.”
Parkview’s staggering 46-point second-half display came at a time when Port Allen (5-3, 2-2) overcame a 14-0 defict to take a 26-20 lead at the 4:56 mark of the third quarter on Devin Hammond’s 55-yard TD pass to Telson Allen on a fake punt.
Allen led the Pelicans with five catches for 102 yards.
Hayes’ 2-yard run ignited Parkview’s avalanche and sandwiched his 38-yard scoring run around White’s 63-yard dash that resulted in a 47-26 lead with 5:27 remaining.
While that was Parkview’s final offensive touchdown, the Eagles continued scoring with three defensive scores with Brennan Dorsey (34 yards), Josh Stansell (20 yards) and Jacob Ruffin all returning interceptions.
Ruffin’s 98-yard effort with 16 seconds to play was the longest in school history.
“We told our kids the team that made the fewest mistakes was going to win,” Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said. “The score is not indicative of the game. We’re up 26-20 and throw three pick-sixes. I’m really proud of the guys for the way they fought. We just didn’t execute.”
Port Allen overcame a 14-0 deficit to pull even at 14-all by halftime.
Defensive tackle Marcus Keyes, a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment, forced Hayes into a fumble that defensive back Lorenzo Osborne returned 45 yards, and Allen added the tying extra point with 7:26 to go before the half.
The Pelicans answered the Eagles’ second touchdown — Aaron Leonard’s 1-yard run that made it 14-0 — in two plays after Allen picked up a short, bounding kickoff and returned it 48 yards. He also hauled in Hebert’s pass on first down for 26 yards to the goalline with Ken Broussard scoring from a yard out.
Parkview made the most of its lone first-quarter possession with a 12-play, 69-yard drive — all on the ground — for a 7-0 lead with just under four minutes showing. The Eagles utlized five different runners with Hayes scoring from the 1 on a first-and-goal sneak.
“They’re so athletic that we knew they had the potential to have some big plays, and that’s kind of what happened,” Mayet said. “We told them we were winning the battles and to stay positive. There was no way we were going to have two halves like we did in the first. Some good things were going to happen to us.”