Episcopal and Christian Life put on an offensive display in the first game, and longtime assistant coach Jay Mayet made his debut as Parkview Baptist’s new coach in the second at the Southside Jamboree at Episcopal High on Friday.
Episcopal held off a last-second threat to top the Crusaders 19-14, and Parkview wore down Dunham 16-0 in the second.
EPISCOPAL 19, CHRISTIAN LIFE 14: The Knights and Crusaders saved the most action for the final minute as Episcopal went ahead 19-14 on a keeper by junior quarterback William D’Armond, only to see CLA ride the arm of Jacob Williams on a last-minute drive that ended at the Episcopal 1-yard line as time ran out.
Offense was the name of the game for both teams. There was only one punt, and the only turnover came on the first drive when David Tatman picked off Williams at the goal line. That play led to an Episcopal drive that ended when Russ St. Romain pushed a 34-yard field goal attempt wide left.
“That’s 2A vs. 1A football early in the season,” Episcopal coach Travis Bourgeois said. “Christian Life has a nice team. You’re not used to seeing the speed that another team brings against you. We’re just a new team, looking for an identity and trying to get better every play and every game.”
Running back T.J. Wisham did the heavy lifting for the Episcopal rushing game, breaking several nice runs and scoring the Knights’ first TD on a 3-yard run in the first half and their second on a 32-yard breakaway down the left sideline in the second half.
Wisham also carried to the 7 to set up D’Armond’s winning touchdown.
“T.J.’s a junior for us, and it’s his time,” Bourgeois said. “He’s paid his dues and waited in the shadows, and now it’s his time.
“He makes us look good as coaches, but he’s just a tough kid and a hard worker.”
Jacob Williams threw two touchdown passes for the Crusaders, a 4-yarder to Trey Lewis and a 47-yard strike to Justin Hutchinson.
PARKVIEW BAPTIST 16, DUNHAM 0: Dunham played its first jamboree under new coach Neil Weiner, and the Tigers had flashes of success, but they could never sustain any consistency against the rugged Parkview defense.
After the teams traded lost fumbles to open the contest, quarterback Reggie Hayes put the Eagles on the scoreboard on a 2-yard keeper. The score came at the end of a 10-play, 43-yard drive.
Hayes nearly had a 16-yard touchdown pass on the next drive, but the catch was made out of bounds and the Eagles settled for an 18-yard field goal by Wade Simmons for a 10-0 lead.
That lead held up until Pryce Fletcher added another score on a 4-yard run with 17 seconds to go.
For most of the game, Parkview was able to bottle up the Tigers in their territory, but the Eagles offense didn’t always capitalize on their good field position until its final possession.
Mayet gave his team mixed reviews for their performance.
“We did some things well and some things not so well,” he said. “We didn’t execute the way we should have, but give Dunham credit for that — they’re a good team.”
As for his own baptism of fire?
“You always have some butterflies, even as a coordinator,” he said, “but when the game starts they subside. We aren’t going to look any different than we always have. Our approach is still the same, week in and week out. Hopefully, we can get better at what we’re doing.”