The Parkview Baptist?Redemptorist game at St. Gerard Majella Field on Friday night was not exactly a reflection of the classic battles these two teams have had in past years.
In fact, about the only similarity to those battles was the rugged no-frills approach that Parkview used in disposing of the Wolves 48-6.
Parkview (1-2) had four takeaways on defense and rolled up 231 rushing yards.
“That’s our game plan every time,” Parkview coach Kenny Guillot said. “We want to play good defense and control the clock. Tonight, I was proud of our kids and coaches and the way they executed on offense, defense and special teams.”
The Eagles came into the game on the heels of losses to Class 5A Mandeville and Scotlandville, and Guillot said the losses might have been some motivation.
“We were a little dinged, and we have a proud tradition. This helps ease the pain a little,” he said.
Guillot is usually hesitant to single out individual players, but he mentioned quarterback Cole Wilson and fullback Conner Hodgeson on offense, along with lineman Tom Bove and linebacker Brody Burkhalter on defense.
Wilson had three touchdowns on runs of one, four and 11 yards, while Hodgeson gained 48 tough yards on six carries. Hunter Brian (40 yards and one touchdown) and Hezekiah Randolph (28 yards and a touchdown) were the other workhorses of the Eagles. Andre Davis came on for late second-half duty to pick up 60 yards on only three carries.
For Redemptorist (0-3), it was a night of mistakes and missed opportunities.
First-year Redemptorist coach Aaron Vice was unhappy with his team’s performance in his first matchup with Parkview.
“I’m embarrassed for the way we executed tonight,” he said. “Parkview is a great team, they’re bigger than us, and Kenny Guillot does a great job coaching them.
“We didn’t give the game away, but we didn’t execute things we execute every day (in practice). We fumbled the ball three times and had two interceptions because we read our wristbands wrong,” he said.
The Eagles established control in the first quarter, with Wilson scoring at the end of their first drive, and the defense getting the ball back on Redemptorist’s second play from scrimmage on a fumble following an 11-yard pass completion.
Wilson completed this 37-yard drive with his second touchdown run with 52 seconds left in the first quarter.
After Brian put the Eagles up 21-0 with a 9-yard run following their recovery of a Josh Courtney fumble on the 10, the Wolves had their first offensive spark of the night.
Courtney led Redemptorist on a 19-play, 78-yard drive and Deno Mullens scored on a 3-yard run, but the ensuing 1:05 was a disaster for the Wolves.
They were hit with a personal foul penalty, then Wilson completed his first pass of the night, a 32-yard strike to Austin Suits. Wilson scored with 13 seconds left in the first half for a 28-6 halftime lead.
“We had a shot. We moved the ball well and were down 21-6 and we’ll get the ball to start the second half. Then we have a stupid personal foul and, once again, we gave it to them,” Vice said.
The Eagles put the game away on two straight series early in the third quarter.
First, Randolph caught a 50-yard pass from Wilson that gained to the Redemptorist 5, then carried for a touchdown on the next play.
On the next Redemptorist series, Burkhalter picked off a Donald Cage pass for a 15-yard interception return.
Mullens led Redemptorist rushers with 54 yards on 11 carries. Courtney was 15-of-25 passing for 11 yards. Both Donald Gage (31 yards) and Russell Gage (53 yards) had five receptions.