Parkview Baptist senior quarterback Reggie Hayes wanted to enjoy one more victory at home with his classmates and teammates.
Hayes did his best to ensure that such a celebration would take place.
Hayes rushed 12 times for 232 yards and scored on three long-range touchdowns, propelling No. 4 Parkview Baptist to a 41-16 Division II select quarterfinal victory over No. 5 St. Louis Catholic on Friday night.
“It was a fun experience, and I wanted to go out with a bang with all the seniors,” Hayes said. “I wanted to get another ‘W’ with the team. We just played as a family.”
Hayes’ exploits, coupled with a sterling defensive effort, sets up what’s turned into an annual postseason matchup against Parkview (8-3) traveling to No. 1 University High, a 44-6 winner over Vandebilt Catholic, in next Friday’s state semifinal.
The Eagles lost 29-21 to their District 6-3A rivals on Oct. 16.
Before Parkview could worry about advancing to the semifinals, it trailed St. Louis 9-0 after the first quarter and 9-6 midway through the second quarter after Hayes’ 79-yard score.
Parkview took its first lead at the 6:12 mark of the third quarter on Conner Joffrion’s 65-yard run on a third-and-8 draw play and grabbed control of the game 19 seconds later.
Defensive back Preston Roberts stepped in front of quarterback Bailey Mack’s first-down pass and returned it 21 yards to make it 20-9 after Wade Simmons’ extra point.
“I thought we had a good plan and thought we were prepared,” St. Louis coach Charlie Cryer said. “We’re up 9-6 and then it was bam, bam right there and it hurt us.”
Hayes capped Parkview’s 21-point third quarter for a 27-7 advantage with a 58-yard dash on second down.
St. Louis (7-4) stopped PBS’ surge when Hardy, who was 11 of 16 for 122 yards, connected on a 3-yard TD pass for the second time in the game to tight end Austin Crawford.
Parkview expanded its lead in the fourth quarter on a pair of scores from Nelson Smith on a 2-yard run and a 51-yarder from Hayes.
The Eagles averaged 12.5 yards per carry, rushing 37 times for 465 yards. They also averaged a staggering 51 yards per scoring play.
Joffrion added 92 yards on 6 carries and Kayin White 57 yards on 8 carries.
“For a while, we made some mistakes in the first quarter,” PBS coach Jay Mayet said. “At halftime, we told them to quit worrying about the end result and just play. Take care of your responsibilities; do your job and everything’s going to be fine.”
PBS’ defense also had St. Louis running back Colby Rodriguez in its crosshairs. Rodriguez wound up with 34 carries for 123 yards, but was limited to 32 yards on 14 attempts in the second half.
“It was good to see us down at half and the kids came out and stayed calm and played football,” Mayet said. “I was pleased with the way we played the second half.”