Parkview powers past Notre Dame

CROWLEY – There didn’t seem to be any way Notre Dame and Parkview Baptist could live up to the billing. But they did!

The second round playoff meeting followed the script of the six previous post season games between the 3A rivals over the past decade. But this version had Parkview using ball control, power offense to ground out a 28-13 win Friday night at Gardiner Stadium.

“Our kids got out there and competed,” said Pios coach Lewis Cook. “We moved the ball and we had our stops. The way our kids bounced back through tough times in the middle of the season to be in the position they were in, I gained a lot of respect for this team over the season and with their effort against a good Parkview team.”

Parkview took its first possession to the Notre Dame six-yard line. On second and goal from there, fullback Conner Hodgeson was headed to pay dirt when the ball was knocked loose and the Pios Austin Bordelon recovered in the end zone.

Luke Broussard scampered 35 yards on the next play, weaving through tacklers into Eagles territory. A late hit penalty moved the ball back to mid field and ND QB Waylon Young followed with a 12-yard pass to Josef Schmid, who fumbled it back on the tackle at the Parkview 16 yard line.

Notre Dame got it right back on a punt to the Parkview 47 and cashed in on the field position. Young went back to his senior receiver for a third down conversion, finding Schmid for 16 yards on a sideline out route. Three plays later, Schmid snared a quick slant on the right side for 12 yards to the Eagles 14.

Blake Miller took an end around for another first down at the four and on the first play of the second quarter, Nick Gossen powered off left tackle for a four yard touchdown. The extra point was blocked and the Pios took a 6-0 lead.

Parkview responded with a 70-yard drive, converting two fourth down plays, and setting the tone with a mix of option and a power running package. Eagles QB Brennan Bozeman got the 11-play drive on the move with a 13-yard keeper to the left side.

Parkview then put the “Power Package” into high gear with noseguard Tom Bove coming in at fullback for a 10-yard run straight up the middle. Bozeman passed to Hodgeson flaring out of the backfield for 22 yards on fourth and three from the Pios 26.

Linebacker Brody Burkhalter dotted the Power I formation and sliced off right guard for the touchdown with 6:38 left in the half. The failed extra point made it a 6-6 tie.

“We knew coming in to the game that their size against our defensive front was to their advantage,” added Cook. “Them putting those big guys in there to carry the ball is a lot to handle. They simply utilized their advantage against us.”

Notre Dame punted back after three quick plays and the Eagles went right back to work with another ground attack from the 50 yard line. On a second down play from the ND 21, Matt Venable dropped the Parkview runner for a five yard loss. After a third down incompletion, the Eagles lined up for a 43 yard field goal attempt.

On what might have been a game changing play, Venable came off the edge to block Neil Scott’s kick. The ball was picked up in the Eagles backfield and a pack of Pios headed down the sideline with what looked to be a go ahead score.

After a conference among game officials, the Pios were instead given possession at the Parkview 33 yard line. Instead of a 12-6 lead, the clock ran out on a 6-6 half.

“The official came over and explained that once we got possession of the blocked kick, they blew the ball dead and didn’t allow the play to continue,” noted Cook. “We had a lot of football left to play and while the score would have helped, that one play didn’t change things a whole lot. We still just needed to do things a little better.”

Parkview took control with a 13-play, 75 yard drive to start the second half. The Eagles converted two third downs and a crucial fourth down on the five minute possession with a 9-yard run being the only gain over five yards in the drive.

On fourth and two at the Pios 24, Brody Burkhalter swept the right side and was met head on by Pios safety Austin Bordelon at the line of scrimmage. As the two came to a momentary stop, the 6-2, 210 pound Eagles linebacker had just enough momentum to angle off the hit and fall just past the first down marker.

“The play of the game was Burkhalter getting that first down,” said Parkview coach Kenny Guillot. “He ran into the defensive player and that hit sounded like a shot gun going off. He kept moving his legs and got the first down. That was a huge play for us and if we don’t make that first down, they may win the game.”

On the next play, QB Bozeman optioned right and cut inside the corner through an opening for a 21 yard touchdown run. A two point conversion made it 14-6.

“They keep the pressure on you with their offense,” added Cook. “They have 11 guys in there tight to the ball, they run a little misdirection and eventually someone pops out of there. They got a couple of big plays on us like that and it hurt us.”

The Pios got back to Eagles territory on a Luke Broussard draw up the middle that went for 17 yards. Notre Dame couldn’t keep the drive going and backed up the Eagles with a punt to the 13 yard line.

On second down, Eagles QB Bozeman started right on the option, cut sharply through a gap in the stacked Pios defense and raced 83 yards for a back breaking touchdown. The PAT boosted Parkview to a 21-6 lead.

“When they went with the heavy package, we tried to match their personnel with the extra linebacker,” said ND Coach Cook. “That was a mid line option, the quarterback keeps and you have to tackle the fullback. But you have to have somebody take the quarterback and that wasn’t there. We still had secondary guys and backers to take that, but evidently somebody wasn’t in the right place at the right time.”

The Pios battled back to close the gap with perhaps their best possession of the contest. Runs by Nick Gossen and Austin Thibodeaux moved the Pios out of the shadow of their goalposts to the ND 27.

Young fired to Blake Miller for 23 yards at mid field and two plays later a swing pass to Luke Broussard gained 10 to the Eagles 31. From there, Young lofted the final completion of his Notre Dame career, a perfectly placed touchdown pass down the left sideline, hauled in by Miller over his left shoulder at the goal line pylon.

The 9-play, 84-yard drive cut the Parkview lead to 21-13 with 11:05 to play. The Pios defense responded with a three and out and three running plays left the offense with fourth and four at the Parkview 49 yard line.

“You can’t let them run the length of the field in that offense,” said Cook. “When that offense gets a play like that and gets ahead of you, you may not get the ball back. That’s what happened to us last year and that’s why I went for it on fourth down with seven minutes to play.”

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