It was a dominant performance by the Parkway Panthers at Preston Crownover Stadium on a pink-out night in observance of breast cancer awareness. The Panthers rolled over the BTW Lions (1-5, 0-1), 48-7.
Parkway scored a whopping 41 points in the first quarter.
On the opening kickoff , wide receiver and defensive back C.J. Morgan took it down field 78 yards into Lions territory. Running back Robert McKnight scored from 1 yard out early in the first quarter. The Lions came roaring back and Tre’shawn Hill sprinted 95 yards to answer back and tie the game with 10:21 left in the first quarter.
On the Panthers’ next drive Keondre Wudtee (8-of-12 for 169 yards with two touchdowns) took the offense down field before finding Terrace Marshall for 48 yards and into the red zone. Morgan finished the drive with a 1-yard plunge for the touchdown. Midway thru the first quarter Wudtee found Elijah Rivers in the left third, who made an over-the-head catch look easy for the 38-yard score, putting his team up 20-7.
“We played well early on and we came out sharp,’’ Parkway (6-1, 2-1) coach David Feaster said. “You sometimes you go into a game like this and everybody is saying the team is not good and you tend to relax a lil bit.
“Our guys really came out strong, I mean we were hustling, covering kicks and our defense was all over them.”
The Lions (1-5, 0-1) had a host of mental mistake and shot themselves in the foot on the following possessions.
The Panthers’ Derious Bradford block a punt attempt that rolled out of the Lions’ end zone for the safety. A few plays later Wudtee found Marshall for a 14-yard leaping touchdown catch in the corner of the south end zone.
After Harrison Hopkins recovered a fumble in the Lions territory, this made a short field for Wudtee who used his legs on the 17-yard quarterback keeper for six points. And to end the high-octane first quarter, Nick So’oto recovered a fumble in the end zone for yet another score.
The second half saw a lot of up-and-coming Parkway quarterback Justin Rodgers(3-of-4 for 26 yards) testing his skill under Feaster’s offense. McKnight scored the last of the Panthers’ points on an 8-yard sweep around the end late in the third quarter.
“We still have work to do and try to get some playoff games here at home, but we got to just win games”, Feaster said.