The bad news for the Parkway Panthers is that they lost to the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles 56-21 in their District 1-5A opener Friday at Rodney Duron Field.
The good news is the Panthers won’t have to wait long for a chance at redemption. Parkway (3-1, 0-1) hosts district favorite Byrd this Friday. The Jackets improved to 4-0 with a 42-13 victory over Captain Shreve on Thursday.
The loss was only the sixth in the regular season during David Feaster’s tenure as head coach, which began in 2011. The 35-point margin was the biggest in the Feaster era. In 2011, Parkway lost to Byrd by 31. Parkway’s biggest loss overall since 2011 was by 36, 77-41, to Acadiana in the Class 5A state championship game.
The Panthers turned the ball over six times against Evangel (3-1, 1-0), which won its third straight. The Parkway’s offense didn’t take the field until the second quarter.
Things started out well enough for the Panthers as CJ Morgan returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
Evangel then went on a clock-eating 17-play drive for a touchdown. The Eagles converted two fourth downs and one third down.
Parkway fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Evangel took four plays to cross the goalline from the Panthers 24. The Eagles then recovered an onsides kick and and took eight plays make it 21-7. Evangel converted a third-and-7 and a fourth-and-2.
The Eagles extended the lead to 28-7 early in the second half. Parkway answered when Keondre Wudtee hit Deonte’ for a 66-yard TD. A missed PAT left the score 28-13.
But Evangel scored on a 41-yard run and followed that with an interception return to a TD, making it 42-13.
Wudtee scored Parkway’s final touchdown on an 18-yard run.
Parkway lost three fumbles and Wudtee was intercepted three times. The Panthers ran just 32 plays to Evangel’s 75.
Evangel racked up 275 yards rushing and 132 passing. Jamarquez Mims gained 186 yards on 33 carries and quarterback Connor Curry had 83 on 18.
Parkway had 32 rushing and 163 passing. Terrace Marshall led the Panthers in receiving with five catches for 81 yards.
Ryan Black led the defense with 12 tackles. Geg Jones and David Morales had 11 each.
North DeSoto 45, Bossier 3: The Bossier Bearkats played their first District 1-4A game since 2010, falling to the Griffins in Stonewall.
North DeSoto, which shared the title with Benton and Minden last season, improved to 4-0 overall.
The game was Bossier’s first against a team above Class 2A.
North DeSoto scored its first TD seven minutes into the game. Bossier answered with a 44-yard field goal by Rene Alvarado.
After that it was all Griffins. North DeSoto led 24-3 at the half and scored on the first play of the second half.
Bossier (3-1, 0-1) continues district play at home Friday against Woodlawn (3-1, 1-0), which defeated Northwood 51-31 in its district opener.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com