Sometimes it takes a rivalry game to right the ship. Pleasure Ridge Park snapped a three-game skid (after a 4-0 start) by defeating arch rival Butler Friday 35-18. It also stopped a two-year losing streak to the Bears.
“The last three weeks have been tough,” PRP coach Jason Hiser said. “We would have taken any kind of win tonight. We’re very happy. We came out with the rivalry jitters early. These two teams bring out the best in each other. It’s a breath of fresh air to get the W.
Bryson Washington wasted no time getting the Panthers on the board, returning the opening kickoff 77 yards for a score. It was PRP’s first lead in four games.
“It was huge,” Hiser said. “Bryson is a playmaker. He got the opportunity to get the ball because they kicked it a little short and everybody gave him a block and he just kept running until he got it in the end zone. Huge play.”
Butler tied it at seven and then Daniel Parker took over from there, rushing for 96 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers pulled away.
“He’s a powerful kid,” said Hiser of Parker. “He runs hard. He had some holes and found a way to keep trucking along.”
So now will PRP keep trucking along? Next up is a big matchup with Manual, which lost its first game of the season to St. X, a team PRP played competitively. That matchup looks much more winnable coming off a win than it would have off a four-game losing streak.
“This win means a lot,” Hiser said. “I know some of those losses were lopsided (44-0 losses to both Trinity and Male). But we know we got better. Manual’s a really good football team. I think we’re a really good football team. We just need to continue to practice hard and improve a little bit each day.”