It doesn’t take Parkview Baptist long to go from a Class 3A state playoff preliminary straight into a main event.
About one week to be exact.
The reward for No. 11 Parkview Baptist rolling to a 42-13 first-round victory Friday over No. 22 Loyola College Prep- Shreveport is a regional road date against a familiar foe.
Parkview earned a second-round matchup with sixth-seeded Notre Dame, a 49-21 winner over De La Salle, next Friday in Crowley. The Eagles knocked the Pioneers out of last year’s state playoffs in the semifinals on their way to a state title a year after losing to them in the 2009 state final.
“You’ve got to play good people no matter what round it is,” Parkview coach Kenny Guillot said. “They’re a great team with a great program. We’re going to have to see (Notre Dame) sooner or later. This year we have three or four solid teams in our bracket and that’s just the way it fell.”
Parkview (7-3) scored four touchdowns during a 13-minute stretch of the first half to race to a 28-0 lead, and tacked on touchdowns in each of the third and fourth quarters to extend their win streak to six games.
Parkview’s balanced rushing attack resulted in 53 carries for 264 yards. That bulk of that total was divided almost evenly amongst fullback Conner Hodgeson (18-78, TD), slotback Hezekiah Randolph (11-70, TD) and quarterback Brennan Bozeman (10-65).
Bozeman also competed 4 of 7 passes for 60 yards - all to Austin Suits - with the duo combining on a 25-yard scoring pass in the third quarter.
Randolph’s 10-yard run up the middle with 10:33 to play made it 42-6.
Parkview defense was equally dominant, registering 16 plays that resulted in no gain or a loss of yardage. Brody Burkhalter was the catalyst with 12 tackles, including six for loss and a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown.
LCP quarterback Matt Norton completed 15 of 28 passes for 173 yards with an interception. He threw a TD pass of 16 yards to James Hebert with 47.2 seconds left in the half and 30 yards to Peyton Griffis with 22.9 seconds left to play.
Loyola finished with 201 total yards with 90 coming on its final scoring drive. The Flyers were limited to 38 yards on the ground in 25 attempts.
“We knew what kind of great running offense they had,” said Loyola coach Steven Geter, whose team finished 5-6. “I felt our defense played pretty well early on for being so undersized. But we just made too many mistakes offensively with penalties and turnovers that kept putting ourselves in the hole. You can’t do that against this caliber of a team.”
Parkview, after fumbling the ball away on its opening series in Loyola territory, scored four consecutive touchdowns - two from the offense with one each courtesy of the defense and special teams for a commanding 28-0 advantage with 3:48 left in the first half.
Hodgeson made it 7-0 on a 5-yard score midway through the first quarter, and Burkhalter added scores on both offense and defense to increase Parkview’s lead to 21-0 in less than a minute.
Burkhalter finished a 14-play, 48-yard drive with a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal. Three plays later from his linebacker position, Burkhalter stepped in front of Norton’s pass attempt and returned it 29 yards for another score.
Parkview forced Loyola into a mammoth fourth-and-46 situation from its 4-yard line where punter Aaron Hollier sent a low line drive to Dylan Phillippe, who encountered little resistance en route to his 41-yard return and pointed the Eagles in the right direction toward a regional showdown.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Burkhalter said of playing Notre Dame. “It’s going to be a tough road. If we keep playing like we did tonight I think we can handle it. I’m looking forward to playing them. It’s always a good, physical game.”