If the Parkway Panthers are able to make it to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the 2015 LHSAA Class 5A title tilt, they’ll have to survive Friday’s quarterfinal contest against undefeated Destrehan in a game that could be a track meet from the opening kick.
The Wildcats (11-0) have scored at least 40 points in eight games this fall with a high of 62 in a thumping of East St. John. The Panthers (11-1) have scored at least 40 points in eight games this fall with a high of 57 in a thriller with Bastrop to open the season.
“Yeah, I just hope we can score on them,” Parkway coach David Feaster said. “Their defensive line likes to push the offense back into the quarterback.”
The Destrehan defensive line is built around 6-foot-3, 305-pound tackle Gerald Wilbon, a University of Texas commit, and 6-4, 290-pound Glen Logan, a four-start verbal to LSU.
“They have some big boys in there,” Feaster said. “Over the last three years, I believe their only losses have come to Acadiana. They have the total package and they’ve been building to this year.”
As a point of fact, the Wildcats haven’t lost a regular season game since 2012, but were ousted from the 5A playoffs by Acadiana in 2013 and lost to the Rams 23-7 in last year’s state title game. Fortunately for the Destrehan faithful, they won’t have to face Acadiana this season thanks to the Panthers destroying the Rams last week 55-28.
Destrehan also has a couple of quality wide receivers in John Williams, who has been offered by Louisiana Tech, Arizona State and North Carolina, along with Tyler Addison, holding offers from ULM and Pennsylvania.
The Panthers counter with some talent of their own, including quarterback Keondre Wudtee, a Louisiana Tech commit as the state’s top-rated dual-threat quarterback, and speedy Mississippi State signee CJ Morgan, who plays multiple positions in south Bossier.
Morgan and Wudtee hooked up three times in the win over Acadiana for touchdowns covering 20, 34 and 79 yards. Wudtee also found Terrace Marshall for a 58-yard score and added a 2-yard touchdown run. Morgan had one pass attempt in the contest and used it to hit Marshall from 84 yards away.
While the Panthers have played home games on grass this fall, they’ll play on artificial turf at Destrehan. That could add an interesting dimension to a game that could be explosive.
“They have a speed offense. They run out of the spread about 50 to 60 percent of the time,” Feaster said. “They have a great group of receivers with a lot of quickness. They’ll hit you with short passes then throw one over the top.”
The Panthers have been getting solid linebacker play from Lloyd Cole, Ryan Black and Knije Harrison.
“We will have to be strong up the middle against their very talented quarterback,” Feaster said. “We have to be able to stop the run.”