There hasn’t been a postseason victory during the ultra-successful career of Parkview Baptist football coach Kenny Guillot that hasn’t been a work of art.
“You win and move on, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s by one point or 30,” Guillot said. “What matters is winning the game and to fight again.”
Top-seeded Parkview Baptist accomplished just that with a dominating first half en route to a 45-14 home victory Friday over No. 32 Erath in the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
The Eagles (9-0) will remain at home in next week’s state regional with a date against No. 16 Brusly, a 35-12 winner over No. 17 E.D. White.
Wingback Hezekiah Randolph carried 11 times for 172 yards and scored three times – all in the first half – and went past the 1,000-yark mark (1,010) for the season with a 13-yard gain early in the fourth quarter. Fellow wing back Erik Martinez was a good complement with 89 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.
Parkview, whose average margin of victory over the past five years in first-round games was 32 points, led 35-0 at halftime and wasn’t never threatened.
“You can talk to your kids about believing they could compete against the No. 1 team,” said Erath coach Doug Dotson, a former head coach at both Plaquemine and Central. “They were wide-eyed without a doubt and that’s a tribute to Parkview’s coaches in what they’ve done here.”
The Eagles scored on all five of their first-half possessions, getting Andre Davis to recover Taylor Black’s sky kick on the game’s opening play. Hezekiah Randolph scored on his team’s first offensive snap on a 38-yard toss play around right end for a 7-0 lead.
Martinez’s 3-yard TD run came at the end of an eight-play, 66-yard drive. Quarterback Brennan Bozeman kept from 11 yards away to finish a 10-play, 59-yard series for a 21-0 lead with 6.4 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Parkview, which outgained Erath 163-10 in the first quarter and 301-41 by halftime, scored five straight times with Randolph reaching the end zone three times, adding scoring runs of 51 and 2 yards, respectively, to account for the Eagles first-half scoring.
“We’ve been preaching to our kids all week about the first round and we knew coach Dotson would have his team ready,” Guillot said. “We were able to get it (sky kick) and punch it in and then we got going. We had them back on their heels a little bit in the first half.”
Erath, making its first playoff appearance in eight years, scored 14 straight points and closed to 35-14 with 3:57 showing in the third quarter.
Linebacker Jordan Sonnier sparked the run with an interception and 18-yard return to PBS’ 2-yard line and three plays later quarterback Ty Bares scored from a yard out. The Bobcats (5-6) then made it 35-14 on reserve quarterback Ben Leblanc’s 53-yard TD to Bares, who came down with the ball at the Eagles’ 20 and completed the scoring play.
Coy Clostio’s 67 yards on 18 carries topped Erath’s 164-yard output.
Parkview stopped Erath’s surge when Martinez scored on a fourth-down toss play for 24 yards around left end with 1:04 to go in the third quarter, and Black, who kicked six extra points, added a 26-yard field goal with 4:13 to play.
“Give them credit in the second half,” Guillot said of Erath. “They made some adjustments, and we sputtered a bit and then we got rolling a bit.”