ST. FRANCISVILLE — Parkview Baptist coach Jay Mayet knew his team was in for a physical brawl against district rival West Feliciana.
But the Eagles delivered the strongest punch in fourth-quarter with a pick-6 to knock out the Saints 28-12 in a showdown for second place in District 6-3A Friday. Parkview improved to 6-3 for the season, and at 5-1 in District 6-3A, wrapped up second place behind University High. West Feliciana slipped to third in the league at 4-2 and 5-4 overall, snapping a four-game wins streak.
“They always play us tough, they have talent and a great tradition and we knew they would play a physical ballgame,” said Mayet. “I was proud of our kids and we’re finally getting healthy. This was the first game where we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot and I thought for the most part, we played efficiently in all three phases of the game — probably as good as we have all year.”
After the Saints cut the Parkview lead to 18-12 early in the fourth quarter on a 6-yard run by quarterback Derrick Turner (16 carries for 98 yards and two TDs), the Eagles put the game away with a 35-yard field goal by Dillon Hoglen and the decisive blow, a 28-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Peyton Phillips.
Both teams relied heavily on their running games. Parkview totaled 296 yards on the ground to the Saints’ 285. Running back Connor Joffrion gained 91 yards on seven attempts while quarterback Reginald Hayes added 79 on 12 carries and Nelson Smith 87 on 10 attempts.
Parkview had only 35 passing yards and three completions while West Feliciana had one completion for 10 yards.
The Eagles scored on their second possession in the first quarter, capping an 11-play, 78-yard drive with Kayin White plunging into the end zone from a half-yard out. Wade Simmons PAT kick put the Eagles ahead 7-0 with 4:27 showing.
West Feliciana answered with a TD early in the second quarter as Turner raced up the middle on a 29-yard scoring run.
The two-point conversion attempt fell short and the Eagles led 7-6 at 10:33 in the second quarter.
The visitors responded on the first play after the ensuing kickoff when Hayes bolted 73 yards through the gut of the Saints’ defense for a TD. Nelson Smith raced in for the two-pointer and Parkview was up 15-6. They tacked on an 18-yard field goal by Hoglin for a 18-6 lead right before halftime.
“I told our kids this game starts the playoffs for us,” said Saints coach Robb Odom. “Every kid has to focus on the fundamentals and stay disciplined. We’ve got to be clicking on all cylinders.”
The Eagles close out the regular season Friday at home against Port Allen, while the Saints will host Glen Oaks on Thursday.