St. Michael the Archangel got a heavy dose of Parkview Baptist tradition on Friday night at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium.
Parkview has made its mark with smash-mouth defense and a relentless running game for years, using the formula for four state championships, and the Eagles unleashed both on their way to a 49-20 win in the quarterfinal round of the Division II select playoffs.
The Eagles amassed 449 yards — all on the ground — scoring on big plays and sustained drives, and had quality production from seven different running backs.
Parkview (8-3) was led by Houston Robert with 11 carries for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Kayin White added 12 carries for 136 yards with two touchdowns and Nelson Smith ran for 110 yards on 15 carries.
Parkview coach Jay Mayet saw his team as one that is peaking for the playoffs.
“After all the injuries and adversity we had at the start of the year, we felt if we could ever get healthy and get everybody together and get some confidence, we could make a pretty good run in the playoffs,” Mayet said. “The effort’s been there all year — we just had to get these guys believing it could happen.
“We only threw one pass, but, man, it doesn’t matter how you get the yards as long as you get the yards.Coach (Scott) Dieterich and Coach (Cade) Worsham did a great job, and it was a total team effort.”
Parkview’s defense sparkled with 14 plays for zero or minus yardage and held the Warriors to a field goal on the last play of the game after St. Michael came within 14-10 early in the second quarter.
After St. Michael (9-2) managed only a three-and-out to open the game, both teams got their offenses going and scored on four straight drives. Parkview opened the scoring with an eight-play drive capped by Reggie Hayes’ 2-yard run and Wade Simmons first PAT of the night.
St. Michael answered with a 25-yard field goal by Ashton Fletcher, but Parkview needed only 31 seconds to stretch the lead to 14-3 on a 45-yard run by White.
St. Michael went 76 yards for the next score, aided by roughing-the-kicker penalty that kept the drive alive. On the first play of the second quarter, Matthew Butler stepped just inside the left pylon for a touchdown.
Once again the Eagles struck back quickly, with Robert sprinting 82 yards for another score. He followed that with a 17-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles ahead 28-10.
After St. Michael tallied again on a 14-yard pass from Jeffrey Vaccaro to C.J. McGarner, the Eagles marched 94 yards in 4:37 with White running 10 yards for his second touchdown and a 35-17 halftime lead for Parkview.
The Warriors squandered a scoring chance on their first drive of the third quarter when a penalty for a chop block moved them back from a first-and-goal at the 2 and they turned the ball over on downs.
“Parkview came to play and put us in uncomfortable situations, so we could never get in a groove offensively,” St. Michael coach Paul Varnado said. “They took it to us defensively. I think the difference in the game was that they played very physical.”