Parkview Baptist coach Jay Mayet knew that by pressuring Donaldsonville quarterback Tyler Brown, the Tigers’ quarterback might have an opportunity to make big plays to his talented wide receivers.
And Brown and the Tigers did just that.
But there’s a reason why PBS chose to bring what Mayet called “delayed pressure,” designed to contain the quarterback, then pressure him into perhaps making mistakes
Brown threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns, but also five interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, as Parkview rolled over Donaldsonville, 66-32 in a District 6-3A shootout.
“We knew they had some athletes and they would make some plays,” Mayet said. “But I’ll take the trade off.”
Caleb Meaux had three of the five interceptions, including the second of consecutive pick-six touchdowns, from 54 yards out, in a span of four plays that turned a potentially competitive 44-26 game to a 59-26 Parkview blowout early in the third quarter.
“We moved the ball,” said Benny Guilbeaux, head coach of 2-6 Donaldsonville. “But the turnovers … we had too many self-inflected wounds.”
And, as usual, the offense of 5-3 Parkview did its part as the Eagles shot to a 37-20 halftime lead, then pulled away in the second half.
The Eagles’ option attack piled up 451 offensive yards, 383 on the ground. Particularly effective for Parkiew were the right slotback running the buck sweep to the left side.
Starter Conner Joffrion carried just seven times, but piled up 77 yards and three touchdowns, mostly on the same play. And when Joffrion left the the game banged up in the second quarter, backup Trent Kavanaugh filled in nicely, rushing for 67 yards and two more scores on just three carries.
It was no accident that it was a slotback, called the “tyback” in Parkview jargon, that did the damage.
“They were so committed to taking out the inside run, we had to run it outside,” Mayet said. “It doesn’t seem like you’d want to run it outside against an athletic team like that, but they had so many people committed inside, that we were able to.”
It was a good adjustment to the Tigers’ game plan, Guilbeaux said.
“Give Parkview credit,” he said. “They made plays and they have some big, physical backs.”
Donaldsonville created a similar matchup problem for Parkview with the Tigers’ talented receivers, led by highly-regarded senior Steven Sullivan, a former LSU commitment considered one of the top receivers in the 2016 recruiting class.
Brown completed 14 of 30 pass attempts, including seven to Sullivan for 167 yards and a touchdown. But Donaldsonville paid dearly for taking chances down the field and Sullivan’s touchdown, with a mere second left in the game, proved meaningless.
“We can always throw it up to (Sullivan),” Guilbeaux said. “But early, we executed and some of our other receivers made plays. As the game went on, we started some missing some slants and some other things.”
And the Tigers turned it over to a Parkview team that’s too good on offense to give any turnovers to.
Kayin White rushed for 82 yards on nine carries for Parkview while quarterback Reginald Hayes added 75 yards on 11 carries.
And unlike Donaldsonville with Sullivan, when the Tigers stepped up to slow down White and Hayes, Joffrion and Kavanaugh were there to make them pay.