Parkview Baptist stymies Comets

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 2, 1999

LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / October 2, 1999

LAPLACE – Despite the third-quarter loss of their starting quarterback, the Parkview Baptist Eagles triumphed over the St. Charles CatholicComets with a decisive 37-6 game.

Up until the neck injury which sent Josh Son to River Parishes Hospital, it was Son leading the charge all the way. By halftime the quarterback hadpersonally accounted for 164 of the team’s 273 rushing yards.

On the other hand, by halftime St. Charles had only 54 net yards rushingand 17 yards passing for a total offense of 71 yards.

Comet quarterback Nickie Monica had a tough night, attempting 17 passes, completing five and throwing four interceptions. By the game’s end, St.Charles had only 5 net yards rushing, to Parkview’s 384 yards. Only inpassing yardage did the Comets best their visitors, 74 to 26 yards.

First quarter play was lackluster from the start when the Comets received the opening kickoff but gained less than 20 yards before punting.

However, with 4:36 remaining in the first period, Brad Booth snared a Comet pass to stall the second St. Charles drive. Three plays later, Sonsnapped loose of the Comet backfield and rambled 80 yards for the opening touchdown.

The PAT attempted by Matt Jackson fell wide right and the Eagles led 6-0.

Cranked up and ready to stomp, Parkview’s kickoff was fielded back to the St. Charles 21-yard line. Three plays later, Sergio Collette intercepted aMonica pass at the Comet 44-yard line.

Demonstrating that it was a night for turnovers, three plays later, James Cupit recovered a bobbled ball for St. Charles at the St. Charles 13-yardline.

Rolling into the second quarter, Monica was dumped behind the line twice before the punt was nailed at the Parkview 31-yard line.

On the very next play, a Parkview fumble was recovered by Comet Kevin Blank. This set up the Monica-to-Phillip Hoffman express pass whichresulted in a 70-yard TD play with 8:52 remaining in the half. A two-pointconversion run, though, fell short and the score was tied 6-6.

Parkview was ready to bounce back and the kickoff started its drive at the Eagle 27. Jermey Hill for Parkview snapped up 26 yards in three carries,then three plays later Josh Son scored again from eight yards out.

Then came the comedy of errors over the extra point. First, a two-pointconversion try was good, but Parkview was penalized for an illegal shift.

On the second try, the PAT by Jackson was good, but Parkview was penalized for illegal motion. On the third try, Jackson’s kick was short,and Parkview led 12-6.

The kickoff went to the St. Charles 35 but two plays later, Jason Berrydeflected a Monica pass into the hands of Jacob Richardson, who intercepted for Parkview and returned it to the Comet 26-yard line with 6:23 remaining in the half.

Four plays later, Mike Duhe snagged an Eagle fumble for the Comets at the St. Charles 25-yard line.However, the pressure by the Eagle defense backed up St. Charles and a badsnap sent Monica to the ground to post the bobbled ball, scoring a safety for the Eagles, who now led 14-6 with 3:26 remaining in the half.

Parkview took the returning kickoff at its own 41-yard line and drove down in nine plays for yet another Josh Son touchdown, this with 37 seconds left in the half. The Jackson PAT was good for the 21-6 lead.In the second-to-last play of the half, Parkview’s Casey Bargas intercepted still another Monica pass at the Eagle 25-yard line.

Meanwhile, complaints were resounding in the pressbox from assistant coach Scotty Dietrich, complaining about the clock-handling.

In the third quarter, Parkview received the opening kickoff and drove down to the St. Charles 28-yard line, from where a 36-yard field goal attemptwas successful by Jackson for the 24-6 lead and 7:05 on the clock.

Jason Waguespack took the quarterback duties for a series at this point but was unable to move the team, with more ground gained through Parkview penalities.

Monica returned to the Comet helm, but the Eagles took over on downs at midfield with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter.

On the third play from scrimmage, Son was injured in the tackle at the line of scrimmage. He was transported to River Parishes Hospital where,word came after the game from the Comet coaching staff, X-rays and other tests showed nothing broken and no paralysis.

On the next Comet possession, and aided by more Eagle penalties, St.

Charles drove down to the Parkview 39 before giving up possession on downs.

With Brad Duncan now at the Eagle helm, on the next play Jacob Richardson broke free and scored on an 80-yard run with 8:39 remaining to the game.

The PAT was blocked and the Eagles led 30-6.

By now feeling snakebit, on the first play from scrimmage after the Parkview kickoff a Comet fumble was recovered at the St. Charles 23-yard line with 8:33 left to the game.

By now, in the pressbox, Coach Dietrich’s complaints about alleged holding penalities not called resulted in the umpire stopping the game briefly and ordering his removal from the pressbox.

Three plays later, Parkview’s replacement quarterback, Brad Duncan, plunged in from one yard out for the final TD of the game. The Jackson PATwas good for the 37-6 tally.

The Comets trailed 6-15 on first downs but were only penalized five times for 30 yards, while the Eagles were penalized 10 times for 97 yards.

Total net offense was 70 yards for the Comets and 410 yards for the Eagles.

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