The Parkway Panthers, Benton Tigers and Plain Dealing Lions advanced to the quarterfinals of the LHSAA football playoffs with second-round road victories Friday night.
Parkway, the No. 4 seed in Class 4A, avoided an upset, rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 20 Central 26-14 in Baton Rouge.
The Panthers (11-1) will host No. 5 Landry-Walker (10-2), a 50-24 winner over No. 12 Sulphur Thursday night, Friday at Preston Crownover Stadium.
Benton, the No. 10 seed, upset No. 7 Rayne 28-14 in Rayne. The game was delayed about 25 minutes in the fourth quarter because of lightning.
The Tigers (10-2) will face No. 2 Edna Karr (11-1), a 55-0 winner over No. 18 Leesville, Friday night.
Plain Dealing, the No. 13 seed in Class 1A, pulled off a big upset, defeating No. 4 Oberlin 14-6 in Oberlin.
The Lions (6-6) visit No. 5 Oak Grove (9-3), a 61-8 winner over No. 21 Delhi, in the quarterfinals Friday.
Parkway trailed Central 14-13 going into the fourth quarter. With the Wildcats looking to add to their lead, the Panthers forced a fumble and Tony Beckwith returned it 90 yards for a touchdown.
After stopping Central on fourth-and-4, the Panthers added another touchdown.
Parkway senior Robert McKnight scored two touchdowns, one on a run and the other on a pass from Justin Rogers.
The Panthers defense allowed only one offensive touchdown. Central took a 14-7 lead with a kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half.
Benton rallied from an early 7-0 deficit against Rayne.
The Tigers tied it on a scoop-and-score fumble recovery. Jermaine Newton scored on a 40-yard run on fake punt to put the Tigers ahead 21-7 in the third quarter.
Quarterback Garrett Hable, who scored a rushing touchdown in the first half, went up the middle for a TD early in the fourth quarter after the Wolves had cut the Tigers’ lead to 21-14.
The Tigers defense stopped the Wildcats at the Benton 1 on the final play of the first half.
Plain Dealing’s game didn’t start until about 8 p.m. because of a lightning delay.
Oberlin scored first, but Shavolyea McKinney’s 4-yard run tied it at 6. With about three minutes left in the half, Keldrick Carper returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 14-6.
The Lions defense took over from there. Oberlin didn’t come close to scoring in the second half.
Plain Dealing avenged a 32-18 loss to Oberlin in the first round of the last year’s playoffs.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org