Parkview Baptist slips past Notre Dame
CROWLEY – Sometime things just don’t work out as expected.
For three quarters, Notre Dame held the Parkview Baptist offense in check, allowing just 84 yards of offense and leading 10-0 as the teams changed sides for the fourth quarter. Then it started to look like last season all over again.
The Eagles put together drives of 66 and 80 yards to win 14-10. It was a frustrating ending for coach Lewis Cook in a game that at one time looked to be well in hand.
“They are a good team and they weren’t going to go away. They turned it on and made the plays when they had to make them. It’s just really disappointing for all of us. We had a chance to win this one and just didn’t get it done.”
Parkview got a 38 yard run by halfback Houston Robert to spark an opening drive form the Eagles 20 to the Pios 35 yard line. Robert carried again around the edge and Rankin Bihm forced a fumble the Pios recovered at their 12 yard line to avoid an early deficit.
Notre Dame got a 10 yard run from John Michael Besse for some breathing room at the Pios 26. Brad Stoma rolled right and connected with Kevin Frank in the seam for a 19 yard completion near mid field.
On third and one, Parkview brought everyone up to defend the run and when Besse popped through a hole on the left side there was no one left to make a tackle. Besse, who gained 110 yard rushing for the Pios, took it 34 yards to cap a 9 play, 88 yard drive and with the extra point by Dustin Reiners, Notre Dame had a 7-0 lead at 4:52 of the opening quarter.
After watching the first two possessions, who would have thought neither team would have much offensive success over the next two quarters.
“After that first drive, we kind of settled in,” added Coach Cook. “We made the play on defense to strip the ball out and cause the fumble and they really didn’t do much until the last quarter.”
That was because of a physical defensive effort led by the 17 tackles of Hunter Stelly. The senior linebacker repeatedly stopped the Eagles mid line option with crushing stops on the fullback dive and even broke an opponent’s face mask with one stop.
On the next Parkview possession, Stelly was in on three straight tackles to force a punt. The Eagles gambled with a fake, but the snap was over the head of the near back and Notre Dame took over at the Parkview 38 yard line.
Brad Stoma completed a 10 yard pass to Kevin Frank on first down and Parkview stiffened on three plays. A 45 yard field goal attempt by Dustin Reiners was wide left and that series became a bad omen for the rest of the game.
“We had an opportunity to do something in the middle of the field and didn’t get any points from it,” said a noticeably dejected Lewis Cook. “You have to take advantage of those situations. We were moving the ball and doing some pretty good things early in the game. You aren’t going to get many chances against a team like Parkview and that was one we squandered away.”
Notre Dame led 7-0 at the half and had the ball to start the third quarter. Usually an advantage for Cook and his offense, the troubles continued with a three and out. The teams traded punts on the next four possessions until Notre Dame pieced together a 49 yard drive.
A third down pass from Stoma to Besse gained 14 yards to the Pios 36 and Besse got another first down with runs of 5 and 7 yards. Lance Bertrand went off right tackle for 23 yards to the Parkview 30, but again the Eagles found a way to stop the drive.
Dustin Reiners came on to kick a field goal through and true from 47 yards. With just over a minute left in the third quarter, Notre Dame led 10-0, but this is one time Cook probably wished he had been wrong about his scouting report.
“In this kind of game, it is going to come down to a play here and a play there. We had a few other chances here and there, but you aren’t going to shut those guys out. I felt we needed to get to 21 points, maybe 17, to have a chance to win the game.”
After roughing the passer, personal foul and offside penalties gave Parkview a first down at the Pios 18, Houston Roberts, who led the Eagles with 99 yards rushing, gained ten on a counter. Three plays later, Erik Martinez stretched to score from four yards out and make it 10-7 with just over ten minutes to play.
Notre Dame gave it back after six straight running plays. A 49 yard punt into the end zone by Reiners set up the 7 play, 80 yard winning Parkview drive.
Quarterback Reggie Hayes went deep to wide out Tom Wing on the first play for a 45 yard streak down the numbers in front of the Notre Dame bench. Erik Martinez took a pitch 19 yards around right end to the Pios 16.
Defensive stops by Zack Henry and Logan Lagrange left Parkview with third and ten. After an Eagles timeout, Tee Sparrow took a reverse fifteen yards to the one. With 3:34 to play, Parkview led 14-10.
“I think the fact that we kept hanging in there and hanging in there gave our players confidence,” explained Parkview coach Kenny Guillot. “Our offense is a patient type offense, so we are used to being in that situation. When they kicked the field goal we just looked at it as two scores will still win it. We started probing a little inside and a little outside on the first score and then we go over the top for the big pass play with a great throw and a great catch and that kind of got our guys juiced up.”
The Pios had one last hope on offense that Parkview quickly turned aside. QB Brad Stoma connected on 6 of 13 passes in the game and his first down throw fell to the turf when intended receiver Besse slipped on a cut. The Eagles recorded a pair of sacks on Stoma around a two yard scramble to end the Pios season.
“They have good enough players that they are going to eventually find some plays,” summed up Cook. “They found that little counter play and it started opening up for them. They made a good call on the reverse because we were clogging it up and they weren’t getting anything inside. That gave them a little bit on the edge.”
It was a game that seemingly slipped away in the fourth quarter. After a season of dominance on defense, Notre Dame just didn’t have anything left in the tank at the end.
“We haven’t played in the last quarter forever and I can’t help but wonder about that now,” concluded Cook. “Game shape is game shape, but I wouldn’t do anything different. What were we supposed to do, score a hundred points in some of those games? Parkview gets 14 points on us in the last quarter, so you have to kind of wonder if not playing full games had anything to do with it.”
Or maybe that it’s just one of those sports things like, for now, Parkview simply has Notre Dame’s number. That shouldn’t take away from an 11-1 season and if nothing else, for whatever consolation it is for team members, the Eagles do know what a game is!