The challenge was steep enough for first-year Parkview Baptist football coach Jay Mayet having to succeed the program’s architect — Kenny Guillot — who guided the Eagles to 146 wins and four state championships.
Then some of the frontline players Mayet was counting on for production started falling by the wayside, including two that left the program before the start of the season.
Despite it all, including a 30-point season-opening loss to Class 5A No. 5 Catholic High, Mayet has methodically put all the pieces together with No. 7 Parkview Baptist (3-1, 1-0) carrying a three-game win streak into Friday’s District 7-3A home opener against Brusly (1-3, 0-1).
“During that time the kids have stepped up,” Mayet said. “Nobody’s ever complained and they’ve approached it as a process and regardless of who’s playing or who we’re playing, we need to focus on how we’re playing.”
Northeast (4-0) continued its unblemished start to the season with a 50-0 win over East Iberville a week ago and now looks forward to the start of District 6-2A play with a trip to The Dunham School (1-3, 0-1).
“You watch them at times on film and they’re very efficient with what Neil’s (Weiner) doing with them,” Northeast coach David Masterson said. “They’re shooting themselves in the foot which is the growing pains that come from a new system.”
Another lower classification game of interest matches Class 1A’s Ascension Catholic (4-0) hosting Class 2A’s No. 7 Episcopal (3-0) at Floyd Boutte Stadium in Donaldsonville, while Mississippi Association of Independent Schools archrivals — Silliman Institute (4-2, 0-1) and Central Private (2-4, 0-0) — meeting in District 6-2A action in Central.
“It’s an opportunity to get power points when you play a school that’s larger than yourself,” Ascension Catholic coach Doug Moreau, who has 192 career wins. “Episcopal’s a fine program. It ought to be a heck of a game and we’re looking forward to it.”
Parkview’s progressively gotten healthier with each game and expects to be as close to 100 percent for Brusly, which has dropped its last three games.
Quarterback Reggie Hayes Jr. remains the focal point of the Eagles offense with 378 yards rushing and 4 TDs to go along with 360 yards passing and 5 scores. Running back Kayin White has rushed for 327 yards on 21 attempts.
“We talked as a coaching staff about how we’re looking forward to seeing us at full strength,” Mayet said. “We might be pretty good.”
The loss of standout wide receiver/safety starter Darryl Adams to a broken leg has forced Masterson to reshuffle his deck. Ramon Parker has moved to wide receiver and Jarmon Bradford to safety for the Vikings, who won’t play another home game until Oct. 31.
“I’ve always said one person’s misfortune is another person’s opportunity,” Masterson said. “That’s how we’ve had to approach it. I have confidence in the skill players we have.”
Running back T.J. Wisham (56-421, 7 TDs) leads an Episcopal team coming off of a bye against Ascension Catholic which has averaged 36 points.
Kaleb Winchester (26-361, 3 TDs) paces a balanced rushing attack, while linebacker Cole Amedee is averaging more than 10 tackles a game.
“We just need to get off to a good start and be consistent offensively and defensively,” Moreau said. “That’s what we’re working for.”