Parkview runs past North DeSoto

Parkview runs past North DeSoto


Parkview runs past North DeSoto


STONEWALL — Parkview Baptist coach Kenny Guillot returned to the Shreveport area Friday night for a homecoming of sorts and left with a big smile on his face.

Guillot watched his No. 1-seeded Eagles get off a fast start and then roll to an easy 62-21 Class 3A quarterfinal victory over North DeSoto. Parkview Baptist (11-0) hosts Livonia, a double overtime winner over Jennings, in the semifinals next week.

“We came out and executed on both sides of the football tonight,” said Guillott, who played on Northwestern State’s 1966 undefeated team after prepping at Jesuit (now Loyola). “We had a good defensive scheme and we had a couple of defensive touchdowns.”
No. 9 North DeSoto finished its season at 9-4, as coach Scott Abernathy guided the Griffins to the school’s deepest run in the playoffs.
“The biggest thing is our kids expected to compete against them,” Abernathy said. “We thought we could play with them. But they did everything right, and it was 28-0 before we knew it. We have been physical all year, but Parkview was more physical than us.”
Parkview, which rushed for 331 first half yards and had 415 total offense yards in the first half, led 49-0 late in the second quarter before North DeSoto star Aurren Cooksey got the home team going.
Cooksey sprinted through the Eagles’ defense for 86 yards and a touchdown to cut Parkview’s lead to 49-6 at halftime. Cooksey also had a 90-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to finish with 219 yards on 13 carries.
But Parkview had bullets firing in every cylinder with quarterback Brennan Bozeman, tailback Hezekiah Randolph and fullback Conner Hodgeson. Hodgeson had three touchdowns. Bozeman had a 67-yard TD on a keeper, while Randolph scored on a 30-yard pass play and a one-yard run.
Hodgeson was the Eagles’ workhorse with 152 yards on 16 attempts, while Randolph added 65 yards rushing. Erik Martinez also had 52 yards on the ground.
Bozeman didn’t throw much, but he was effective. He completed four of five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Safety Andre Davis intercepted two passes for the Eagles and returned one 42 yards for a score.
Dillon Harris served up another defensive touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
The scrappy Griffins never gave up, however. Trailing 55-6, backup quarterback Kyler Radford marched his team 65 yards on 10 plays. Radford went the last 13 yards on a keeper around left end and scored with 1:10 left in the third quarter.
Cooksey’s 90-yard TD run came with 2:16 to play. Austin Simmons followed it with a fake extra point kick and a two-point pass to Damien Boone.


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