Junior sensation Justin Rogers passed for five touchdowns and ran for another in just over two quarters of work as the Parkway Panthers celebrated homecoming by parading past the Booker T. Washington Lions 48-14 Friday night at Preston Crownover Stadium.
Rogers was pulled with the Panthers (6-1) leading 48-0 after one series in the third quarter, having connected on scoring passes of 40, 36, 30, 46, and 86 yards and run for a 48-yard touchdown. He finished with 352 yards passing and 69 rushing while leading Parkway to 547 total yards while he was under center. On his last offensive play, Rogers threw a beautiful 86-yard touchdown pass to Chase Hill, who also scored twice in addition to kicking six extra points.
“Coach (David Feaster) really worked us hard this week getting ready for Booker T.,” said Rogers, who also clicked with highly touted wideout Terrace Marshall for a pair of long scoring tosses. “We knew coming in here that they had good athletes on defense, and we just wanted to try to take advantage of some of the things we saw on film where they might be out of position on certain looks. My line was giving me all day to throw (Friday), so it was just a matter of executing, and my receivers made some big plays for us.”
The Panthers were up 28-0 after one quarter as Rogers was connecting on his first four touchdown passes. Parkway’s defense also accounted for two interceptions in the first quarter, each of which led directly to touchdowns.
“I thought we did a tremendous job of coming in here and not taking a good BTW team for granted,” said Feaster, whose Panthers were ranked eighth this week in the LSWA Class 5A poll. “We started fast offensively, and our defense got us the ball back on a couple of big turnovers. We didn’t want to take this team too lightly with Haughton coming up (next Friday at Harold E. Harlan Satdium in Haughton), and I was pleased that we didn’t come out and let them get anything going.”
BTW (3-4) could not get much going until the fourth quarter, when senior wide receiver Tre’Shawn Hill had a pair of long scoring plays to make the final score more respectable. First, Hill caught a 72-yard pass from Daimon Adams on a flanker pass with 7 minutes to play. Senior quarterback Antonio Ward, who finished with 99 yards passing and 66 receiving, then caught a 48-yard strike from Hill to close the scoring with 2 minutes left. Hill finished with 122 yards receiving on four catches and added 66 yards passing.
Other standouts for the Panthers included Marshall’s 102 yards receiving on three catches, two of which went for scores; Johnathan Jones with two catches for 70 yards and a touchdown plus another 26 yards on two rushes; and E.J. Williams with four carries for 73 yards and a 36-yard touchdown reception.
“It’s always good to win homecoming, and I’m proud of the way our kids played (Friday),” said Feaster. “Now, we get a good week of practice in, and have to go up there to face Haughton, who is going to be better than these last two losses they’ve had. I’m hoping for a good week of work going into that one.”
The road does not get any easier for BTW as it will return home to face District 1-3A leader Loyola next Friday.