The District 6-3A football game between Parkview Baptist and Baker was called by officials with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter after a bench-clearing melee Friday night.
The Eagles, ranked ninth in Class 3A, wound up with a 22-0 victory even though the game did not go the full 48 minutes.
“Once the game is called, it’s a complete game ? it’s over,” Louisiana High School Athletic Association Assistant Executive Director B.J. Guzzardo said when contacted by phone. “Parkview gets the win.”
Guzzardo said he had no knowledge of what happened and declined additional comment.
PBS (4-3, 2-0) led 22-0 at halftime. However, Baker had seized some momentum in the third quarter.
The Buffaloes forced a punt and earned a first-and-goal at the PBS 5-yard line thanks to a 34-yard punt return and a PBS personal foul. Two plays later, PBS regained possession when a 4-yard pass from BHS quarterback Treylon Anderson to Michael Gosserland was ruled a fumble that bounced out of the end zone as Gosserand reached for the goal line.
The Buffaloes were called for two personal fouls, which gave the Eagles possession at midfield.
After PBS running back Conner Hodgeson was tackled out of bounds along the PBS sideline, Baker was called for another personal foul.
A small scuffle between a few players quickly escalated as coaches, referees and police officers attempted to separate players from both teams.
After order was restored, the referees convened with both coaches separately before ordering a stop to the game.
“The officials talked to (BHS coach Robert Raines) and sent me to my sideline, and then they came over to talk to me and they decided to call the game,” PBS coach Kenny Guillot said.
“Sometimes when you’re playing hard, you get frustrated. Maybe the fumble call triggered it; I really don’t know.”
Raines said his players “felt like we had broken the plane of the goal line” and that the officials’ ruling on the fumble was the likely breaking point of his players’ frustration.
He also stressed that while tempers may flare in a game that features 13 combined penalties, fighting has no place in high school football or his program.
“We teach our guys to play hard-nosed physical football and to not shy away from a physical contest, but nothing about fighting,” Raines said.
“It’s unfortunate that a game ends like this, because it doesn’t look good for anybody involved with athletics. This is not what we’re about.”
The Eagles’ option attack amassed 217 first-half rushing yards as PBS took a 22-0 halftime lead.
After DeQuincy Porea intercepted a pass at the PBS 5-yard line, quarterback Brennan Bozeman rushed four times for 70 yards, including a 1-yard score, to lead the Eagles on a 96-yard touchdown drive. Bozeman led the Eagles with 83 rushing yards on seven attempts.
Senior Tom Bove, the Eagles’ starting nose tackle, capped two consecutive scoring drives in the second quarter with touchdown runs of 3 and 5 yards.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, the Buffaloes reached the PBS 35-yard line on a 42-yard punt return by Brenton Tolliver. But the PBS defense limited the Buffaloes to a 34-yard field goal attempt, which Preston Bell pushed wide left.