The Parkway Panthers rolled to a big halftime lead and cruised past the Gladewater, Texas, Bears 47-27 in the Landers Dodge Battle on the Border Saturday at Independence Stadium.
The Bears (1-2) only rarely slowed down Parkway’s powerful offense. The Panthers (2-0) rolled up 494 yards total offense.
The Parkway defense didn’t allow a touchdown in the first half. Gladewater’s only score came on a kickoff return that cut the Panthers’ lead to 13-6.
Parkway’s defense also forced several turnovers that led to touchdowns. Gladewater, an option team, gained 250 yards rushing but most of that came in the second half, including some against the second team.
Parkway coach David Feaster was able to play many of his reserves, but he had to put his first team back in at times in the second half as Gladewater closed the gap and the game turned sloppy. Parkway was never in any real danger against a Gladewater team that couldn’t pass.
Feaster had high praise for his defense, which allowed 56 points in a wild one-point victory over Bastrop in the season opener last week.
“I’m just very happy with the way out defense played,” he said. “Our defense got a lot better. They showed it there in the first half and got us the lead. Turnovers were huge. That gave us a chance to blow them out and get that lead. That’s what we need.”
Senior defensive back Lloyd Cole had a big game. He returned an interception for a touchdown and had eight solo tackles and one assist.
Senior linebacker Ryan Black led the Panthers with six solo tackles and six assists, including three solo for loss. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one.
Joey Cook had five solo tackles and five assists. Kendall Brown had four solo tackles and two assists and forced one fumble. Malcolm Banks had four tackles and two assists. Knije Harrison was in on five tackles and forced a fumble.
Antoine Beckwith forced a fumble and then recovered it. He also had two tackles for loss and one sack. Kyler Marrus forced a fumble. Semaj Tarver recovered a fumble.
Junior running back Robert McKnight played a starring role for the second straight week. He scored four touchdowns, including one on a fingertip grab near the back of the end zone. He finished with 127 yards rushing on 10 carries.
EJ Williams added 71 yards on 13 carries and also scored a touchdown.
Keondre Wudtee completed 13 of 22 passes for 236 yards with two interceptions.
CJ Morgan set up one touchdown with a catch at the 1-yard line. He finished with three receptions for 102 yards. He also scored a rushing touchdown.
Deonte Hawkins caught three passes for 48 yards. McKnight had four for 38 yards.
Parkway hosts Huntington Friday. The Raiders dropped to 1-1 with a 23-20 loss to Captain Shreve.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org