At halftime of Parkway’s homecoming game against Huntington Friday night, Panthers coach and proud father David Feaster smiled as he escorted his daughter Mary Kate, a Senior Maid, through the band and across the field.
Of course, the smile came a little easier since Feaster’s team led the Raiders 34-8. Parkway cruised to a 47-30 victory to improve to 3-0. The Panthers open District 1-5A play with a big one at Evangel Christian Academy Friday. The Eagles (2-1) routed Idabel, Okla., 62-0 for their second straight victory Friday.
While the Panthers had a comfortable halftime lead, it took a while to get there.
“Huntington’s not a bad team,” Feaster said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how they do in that district (1-4A).”
Parkway took an early 6-0 lead on Keondre Wudtee’s 5-yard pass to Deonte Hawkins. Wudtee’s 52-yard pass to Robert McKnight on fourth-and-6 set up the score.
The Panthers defense forced a fourth-and-7 on Huntington’s first possession. But an offsides penalty made it fourth-and-2 and the Raiders successfully executed a fake punt.
Huntington sophomore quarterback Larry Moton ran for 36 yards and passed 5 to Shontraveen Ashley for a touchdown to tie the game. The Raiders then took an 8-6 lead with a two-point conversion.
After a fumble recovery, Moton led the Raiders back down the field. Huntington had a first-and-goal at the 10. But consecutive penalties moved the ball back to the 29. After a completion to the 17 on second down, Moton threw two incomplete passes and the Panthers held.
After that it was all Parkway.
CJ Morgan scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns on a 5-yard run late in the first quarter to give the Panthers the lead for good.
Morgan finished with 60 yards rushing on nine carries. He set up another touchdown with a 47-yard catch.
Wudtee completed nine of 17 passes for 187 yards and the TD to Hawkins. McKnight rushed for 55 yards and scored three TDs on short runs. EJ Williams added 38 yards rushing on four carries.
Terrace Marshall caught three passes for 53 yards. Kameren Ashley scored a rushing touchdown.
The Panthers defense did its part. Huntington scored a couple of late TDs against reserves to make the score respectable.
Colten Nicholas and David Morales had one interception each. Malcolm Banks recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown.
“When our defense started getting those turnovers, that’s the key to blowing people out,” Parkway Feaster said. “That was really key.
“Overall, a couple of guy made nice interceptions and we were hitting hard and creating turnover opportunities. We made some adjustments, and I thought we did a good job of adjusting.
Morales and Derious Bradford were in on seven tackles each. Nicholas and Lloyd Cole were in on six each. Ryan Black was in on five.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com