Parkway will host a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game Friday night at Preston Crownover Stadium against Landry-Walker but the Panthers are thankful for the opportunity because of their defense more so than most might think.
When most people familiar with high school football in Louisiana, most notably in northwest Louisiana, are asked what comes to mind when Parkway is mentioned it is their offensive prowess the past five years. After all the Panthers have averaged 42.4 points a game over those last five years.
An 84-yard fumble return by linebacker Tony Beckwith erased a 14-13 fourth quarter deficit to give Parkway an 19-14 lead over Central-Baton Rouge in the Panthers 26-14 second round win. It helped put Parkway in the quarterfinals for the fourth time in those last five seasons with an 11-1 mark.
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The Panther defense will have their hands full facing a Landry-Walker (10-2) team that has scored 50 or more points in it last three games and has not lost since the second game of the season. The Chargin’ Bucs knocked Byrd from last year’s playoff with a 47-41 second round win.
Minden (11-1) is playing in the quarterfinals after a dominating performance from its defense in defeating Livonia 35-8 in the second round last week. The Tide allowed just 35 total yards last week and will host Warren Easton (9-4) Friday at “The Pit”. Quarterback Antonio Rivette threw three touchdown passes to Tavarius Edwards and ran for one.
Easton held on to defeat Tioga 26-23 as running back Larry Barabino ran for 154 yards on 19 carries, and junior receiver Yo’heinz Tyler caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Evangel (10-2) will travel to New Orleans for a Division I semifinal matchup with top-seed John Curtis (10-0) at Zephyr Field. The Eagles held off St. Paul’s 28-21 in the quarterfinals and the Patriots disposed ot Rummel 34-20.
It will be a battle of two of the most successful programs in the history of Louisiana football with the two combing to win 39 state titles, 23 since 1993 when Evangel won its first. Curtis leads the series 6-3.
No. 10 seed Benton (10-2) will go on the road to No. 2 Edna Karr (12-0) after pulling off a 28-14 win over Rayne. The Tigers’ defense came up with some big plays to stop the Wolves’ wing-T rushing attack.
The Cougars leveled Leesville 55-0 as Devin Bush intercepted two passes to highlight the shutout. Karr has scored 50 or more points the last nine games and 60-plus three times during that stretch.
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Area teams hosting quarterfinal games include Class 1A top seed Haynesville (11-0) playing No. 8 seed Delhi Charter () and No. 2 seed Logansport (11-0) entertaining No. 7 Varnado.
Many (12-0), the top seed in Class 2A will host No. 24 West St. John.
A pair of local Class 1A schools will travel as Plain Dealing will face No. 5 Oak Grove and Arcadia seeded sixth will go against Nol. 3 Kentwood.
Cedar Creek is the No. 7 Division IV seed and will play at No. 3 seed Southern Lab.