Football

Huston passes for 401 yards in one half, Glendale out-passes Parkview

Glendale High School wide receiver Hunter Alstrand (35) is stopped short of the goal line while attempting a two-point conversion during second quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School wide receiver Hunter Alstrand (35) is stopped short of the goal line while attempting a two-point conversion during second quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School linebacker Ian Marshall (9) and other Falcons defenders celebrate after the Glendale defense forced and recovered a fumble during second quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School linebacker Ian Marshall (9) and other Falcons defenders celebrate after the Glendale defense forced and recovered a fumble during second quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School wide receiver Max Nichols (13) catches a long pass from quarterback Alex Houston (not pictured) for a touchdown during second quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School wide receiver Max Nichols (13) catches a long pass from quarterback Alex Houston (not pictured) for a touchdown during second quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School quarterback Alex Houston (7) warms up prior to the start of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School quarterback Alex Houston (7) warms up prior to the start of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School wide receiver Jeremy Almeida (88) is slammed to the ground short of the goal line by a Viking defender during first quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School wide receiver Jeremy Almeida (88) is slammed to the ground short of the goal line by a Viking defender during first quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale quarterback Alex Huston’s first half couldn’t have gone much better.

Huston went 21-of-29 passing for 401 yards and six touchdown passes in the first half of the Falcons’ 55-28 win over Parkview Thursday night at JFK Stadium. The junior’s effort gave No. 5-ranked Glendale the early boost it needed to remain undefeated at 6-0.

Huston’s passing totals for the season jump to 200-of-289 attempts for 3,073 yards, 36 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Huston took a sack from Parkview’s Scottie Davis in the third quarter and did not return. Coach Mike Mauk replaced Huston with senior Von Oeser.

“We just wanted to give Von a little bit of work in a key game, in a situation to see what he could do,” Mauk said. “Just out of precaution, we wanted to get (Huston) off and give Von some work at quarterback.”

Luke Montgomery had six receptions for 180 yards and three touchdowns. His fellow senior Jeremy Almeida caught six passes for 115 yards and two first-half touchdowns. Almeida hauled down a 30-yard pass on fourth-and-14 on Glendale’s first drive that Mauk felt was a key play in the game.

“It was really important. Scoring on fourth down-and-long was pretty significant in the outcome of the game, I thought,” Mauk said. “We were able to make some plays that kept us ahead, but (Parkview’s) kids played really hard the whole game.”

Glendale held a 30-0 lead when Parkview scored its first points on a 25-yard touchdown run from Blake Delacruz.

Fumbles proved costly for the Vikings, who fumbled the ball to Glendale four times. Winning the turnover battle 4-1 was key, Mauk said. Glendale couldn’t do much to stop Parkview in a 56-44 Vikings win a year ago.

“They’ve got a very difficult offense to defend and we did a little better job this year than we did last year, but I don’t think we stopped them. I thought we slowed them down enough to win the game,” Mauk said.

Delacruz managed to finish the game with 163 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

“(Delacruz) had a great game. What I like about him is he faced some adversity with some fumbles, and it made him more determined. He ran with determination almost every time he touched the ball,” Parkview coach Anthony Hays said.

Glendale High School wide receiver Jeremy Almeida (88) runs past Viking defensive back Warren Atkins (9) to score a touchdown during first quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Glendale High School wide receiver Jeremy Almeida (88) runs past Viking defensive back Warren Atkins (9) to score a touchdown during first quarter action of the football game between Glendale High School and Parkview High School at JFK Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 22, 2016.

Hays agreed with Mauk’s assessment of the turnovers.

“We wanted to control the clock and control the time of possession, but we got behind too early with turnovers,” Hays said. “We’re a pretty darn good football team when we don’t turn the ball over. We do a lot of positive things, and when we turn it over, we lose.”

Huston passed for 631 yards earlier this season in a 48-28 win at Lebanon, which is believed to be a single-game state record for 11-man football. As a sophomore, Huston completed 65.7 percent of the 664 passes he threw for 5,608 yards and 69 touchdowns.

Montgomery now leads Glendale in receiving with 979 yards on 47 receptions with 10 touchdowns.

Huston should be able to return to the lineup when Glendale returns home and returns to Friday night football Sept. 30 with a game against Rolla (1-4) at Lowe Stadium. Parkview (2-4) plays one more Thursday night game Sept. 29 at Hillcrest (2-4), which will be homecoming for the Hornets.

With the victory, Glendale takes sole possession of the lead in the Ozark Conference standings and in Class 5 District 4 with three regular season games remaining.

Glendale 55, Parkview 28

At JFK Stadium, Parkview

Glendale 22-20-6-7—55

Parkview 0-16-6-6—28

First quarter
Glendale—Jeremy Almeida 2-yard pass from Alex Huston (Huston run)

Glendale—Luke Montgomery 65-yard pass from Huston (Max Nichols pass from Huston)

Glendale—Almeida 52-yard pass from Huston (pass failed)

Second quarter

Glendale—Nichols 37-yards pass from Huston (Almeida pass from Huston)

Parkview—Blake Delacruz 25-yard run (Delacruz run)

Glendale—Montgomery 57-yard pass from Huston (pass failed)

Parkview—Delacruz 58-yard run (Aerion Hawkins run)

Glendale—Nader Leali 20-yard pass from Huston (pass failed)

Third quarter

Glendale—Luke Montgomery 29-yard pass from Von Oeser (pass failed)

Parkview—Mario Sanchez 1-yard run (run failed)

Fourth quarter

Glendale—Oeser 1-yard run (Alex Locke kick)

Parkview—Gage Clark 16-yard pass from Trevor Boice (no attempt)

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