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Parkview Prevails in Post-Season Rivalry

November 19, 2011

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Notre Dame met Parkview Baptist in the second round of the playoffs with a history. In 2009 the Pioneers were able to outscore the Eagles for the class 3A state championship. The following year, Parkview managed to shut out Notre Dame in the Semi-Finals, 17-0. So to have such a weighty playoff rivalry played out prematurely is unfortunate—however, the rest of the class may be glad to see either team go.

The final seconds of the first quarter wound down and the Notre Dame offense set up on the Parkview ten, after a Blake Miller (3) run ended the stalemated quarter. Nick Gossen’s (32) short run was good for six with 11:49 remaining in the half. The Eagles managed to block the PAT, limiting the Notre Dame lead to six.

Parkview’s Hezekiah Randolph (6) and Conner Hodgeson (20) shared carries as the Eagles plowed down the field. A Brennan Bozeman (13) to Hodgeson (20) pass would bring the Eagles to the Pio four yard line. A short run would score for the Eagles, but a missed PAT would negate their block on the scoreboard, tying Notre Dame, 6-6.

A three-and-out on the following Pioneer drive set the Eagles with the ball near the Parkview thirty. Strong Randolph (6) runs would culminate in a forty-two yard field goal attempt by Neil Scott  (88). The field goal was blocked and downed by an inverted whistle. The Pioneer sideline was set ablaze. The stadium erupted as the players went their respective ways at half, tied 6-6.

Parkview began the second half in the fashion of the first, using their size up front and strength in the backfield as they inched toward the Notre Dame end of the field. A Bozeman (13) keep, trailing off the right end of the offensive line, would add six to the Parkview column. Defensive tackle, Tom Bove (51), barreled in the conversion and Parkview finally went ahead, 14-6.

Despite a Luke Broussard (1) run on the following drive to the Parkview forty-five, Notre Dame was forced to punt, awarding the Eagles possession deep in Parkview territory. Only few plays later, Bozeman (13) would run nearly the distance of the field to further the margin. Scott (88) contributed the PAT, and Parkview went ahead, 21-6 with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter.

Now facing a two score deficit, Young (5) began to spread the ball around. A Young (5) to Miller (3) pass brought the Pioneers out near the fifty and the fourth quarter began. Young (5) went to Miller (3) again for the touchdown, and avoiding the two-point conversion attempt that would dictate the deficit from which the Pioneers would play, Dustin Reiners (53) tacked on the PAT. The Eagles remained out front, 21-13 with only 11:15 on the clock.

The following Parkview drive was contained to a three-and-out.

Notre Dame began on their forty. A series of short runs and incomplete passes would culminate in a fourth and five near the fifty yard line. After the Pioneer defense had stopped Parkview the drive before, Notre Dame elected to keep their offense on the field. As the deflected pass went sailing into the sidelines, the Notre Dame rally was too deflected.

The Parkview offense took over with momentum. Defensive tackle, Bove (51), bruised his way to the Pioneer thirteen yard line. Faced with a third and four, a Bozeman (13) fumble would turn into a Parkview first down near the Notre Dame five. Hodeson (20) scored up the middle, leaving Notre Dame trailing 28-13 with only 1:47 remaining in their season.

The disheveled Pioneer offense had already been defeated. A few incomplete pass attempts would ultimately lead to a Parkview interception. Bozeman (13) knelt the final Parkview drive and shook hands, as the Eagles loaded into busses for an easy hour ride back into Baton Rouge.

Parkview advances to the quarter-finals and adds a notch in the win column verses playoff rival, Notre Dame, 28-13.

Justin Leger


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