The Parkway Panthers’ dream season ended Saturday night with a 70-41 loss to the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams in the Class 5A state championship game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Parkway, the first Bossier Parish team to play in a title game in the Superdome, closed the season 13-1 Acadiana, which won its third state championship since 2006, closed 14-1.
“My overall thought was how amazing it was our team was able to play so well every week,” Parkway coach David Feaster said. “You saw what we had out there. We had a bunch of little guys that played extremely hard.”
Feaster was asked if the loss tarnished the season.
“No, it didn’t he any way,” he said.
As lopsided as the score was, the Panthers made the Wreckin’ Rams sweat in the third quarter.
Acadiana kicked off to start the second half. Parkway failed to cover the ball and the Rams went on to score for a 49-13 lead.
The Panthers weren’t ready to throw in the towel, though.
William McKnight ran 31 yards for a touchdown and Harris hit Austin Roth for the two-point conversion.
The Panthers then recovered an onsides kick, and Harris hit Brodrick Jefferson for a 30-yard score.
Parkway recovered yet another onsides kick and McKnight went eight yards for a TD. All of a sudden it was 49-35 with 1:10 left in the third quarter.
Parkway couldn’t recover three onsides kicks in a row, and the Rams scored quickly. On Parkway’s next possession, Harris threw an interception. Acadiana scored again and that was it.
The difference in the game was Acadiana’s powerful rushing attack.
The Rams rushed for a Class 5A game record 393 yards in the first half alone, building a 42-13 lead.
Acadiana finished with 623 yards rushing. The Rams had four backs who gained 140 yards or more.
Harris set the Class 5A single game for passing yardage with 355 yards. He completed 13 of 27 with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
McKnight, a junior who was named Parkway’s MVP, rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 110 yards and two TDs.