Parkview strikes late to edge Cecilia, 20-17
CECILIA – As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà-vu all over again” for the Cecilia Bulldogs as they suffered a heart-breaking 20-17 loss to defending state champion Parkview Baptist here last Thursday.
Coach Terry Martin’s ’Dogs lost to the Eagles by one point in overtime when they met last year, and stunned fans watched as Parkview staged a last minute drive that lifted the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Eagles to the come-from-behind victory in the final seconds of this year’s contest.
Cecilia had scored first on a 28-yard Kaleb Hebert field goal and led through most of the game, by as much as 17-6 late in the third period. But the Eagles closed the margin to 17-14 going into the final stanza to set up the dramatic finish.
With the loss the Bulldogs slipped to 2-2 as they prepare to move into the District 6-3A campaign.
Parkview took the opening kickoff and appeared headed for a quick touchdown before the Cecilia defense dug in and stopped the Eagles on 4th-and-3 at the CHS 25.
The Bulldog offense took over with a long drive that used up the rest of the first period. But the ’Dogs stalled at the 10 and faced a 4th-and-4 situation of their own. Hebert got the call and booted the 28-yard field goal two minutes into the second quarter.
But the lead was short-lived as Eagle Drew Dileo took the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to quiet the hometown crowd.
Cecilia got a big break when the Eagles fumbled the ball away on their next two possessions, with the second turnover coming at the CHS 25. Four plays later Marcus Wiltz took a handoff 46 yards for a touchdown that boosted the Bulldogs into a 10-6 halftime lead.
Cecilia wasted little time extending its lead in the third quarter when Wiltz exploded for a 75-yard touchdown run. Hebert’s PAT put the Bulldogs up 17-6 and seemingly well in command.
But the Eagles put together a 48-yard scoring drive later in the period that was capped by a five-yard TD run by Brady Wilson. Brant Legendre added the two-point conversion to make it 17-14.
Minutes later the Bulldogs had a scare when they turned the ball over on a fumble near midfield. But Parkview also coughed up the ball five plays later at the CHS 37.
Cecilia put together a drive that carried to the PB 31 before a penalty forced a punt.
Things went back and forth until Parkview finally got the ball back at their own 21 with 2:04 showing on the clock. Eagle QB Brady Wilson completed 6-of-11 passes on a dramatic drive, moving his team to the Bulldog two with five seconds remaining. After Wilson spiked the ball to stop the clock, the Eagles went to their bread and butter ball carrier and Legendre came through with the touchdown as time expired with Parkview on top 20-17.
Cecilia’s Wiltz led all ball carriers with 153 yards and two touchdowns while Parkview’s Legendre had to battle for 63 yards on 16 carries, behind teammate Drew Dileo’s 79 yards on eight totes.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to defending their District 6-3A crown as they host the Kaplan Pirates this Friday.