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Parkview hurt by early season mistakes

Unfortunately for Parkview football coach Anthony Hays, he is seeing a problematic trend in his Vikings’ during the first two games of the season: youthful mistakes.

And the only answer is experience.

The Vikings’ defense gave visiting Joplin trouble early on Friday, but once the Eagles got their running game rolling they literally ran away with a 41-20 Ozark Conference victory at JFK Stadium.

“We are concerned with our inconsistency,” Hays said.

“We are making early season mistakes that a young team makes and I think that once we clean it up and get some games under out belt, we’re going to be a good football team down the stretch. We’re just working some things out right now.”

Joplin’s first score of the night came following a Parkview mistake. The Vikings attempted a fake punt out of their own end zone that set the Eagles up at the Parkview 10-yard line.

Two plays later, senior Chris Jones punched in a 5-yard run for the early lead.

Parkview (0-2) trailed 14-6 at halftime, but it was Joplin (1-1) who came out for the third quarter with a mission.

The Eagles took the kickoff and marched 70 yards in eight plays to take a 21-6 lead. The show of force after halftime was key for Crawford.

“That was pretty big,” Crawford said. “We really needed to do that.

“Once we got ahead, the guys got up and we did what we had to.”

From that point, Joplin’s running backs dominated the game.

“Getting their backs rolling was our concern,” Hays said.

“(Crawford and Hunter) are all conference type players. And when you give a team a short field, and they have two dynamic runners, they’re just going to pound it out.

“That was the difference in the game for me. They had good field position and unfortunately we gave it to them.”

Joplin quarterback Jokiem Crawford fights off CJ Loveall of Parkview in Springfield on August 26, 2016.

Joplin quarterback Jokiem Crawford fights off CJ Loveall of Parkview in Springfield on August 26, 2016.

Crawford scored on Joplin’s next possession for a 27-6 lead with 2:52 left in the third quarter.

“Our running game is pretty important,” Crawford said. “We are a run-based team and we like to run the ball.

“Our defense played phenomenal and I’m really happy with our line. The line played a lot better today and I owe them a big one. That’s the best I’ve seen them block for a while.”

Crawford finished with 101 yards on 16 carries and had three rushing touchdowns. Hunter had 88 yards on the ground with two scores on 13 attempts.

“Hats off to our coaches and players for looking and seeing what they were doing and getting it figured out and making the adjustments we needed to make,” Joplin coach Curtis Jasper said.

Crawford’s third score put the Eagles ahead 34-13, and Hunter’s second touchdown gave Joplin a commanding 41-13 lead with 2:31 left in the game.

Parkview freshman Trevor Boice scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. A 7-yard score, followed by an 8-yard touchdown with 15 seconds left, was too little, too late for the Vikings.

Joplin 0 14 13 14—41

Parkview 0 6 0 14—20

Second quarter

Joplin — Chris Jones 5 run (Garrett Landis kick)

Parkview — Mario Sanchez 9 run (kick blocked)

Joplin — Dustin Hunter 38 run (Landis kick)

Third quarter

Joplin — Jokiem Crawford 34 run (Landis kick)

Joplin — Crawford 7 run (kick blocked)

Fourth quarter

Parkview — Trevor Boice 7 run (Alex Joy kick)

Joplin — Crawford 9 run (Landis kick)

Joplin — Hunter 11 run (Landis kick)

Parkview — Boice 8 run (Joy kick)

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