By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports
“An instant classic.”
“What a great football game.”
That was the exchange between Parkway coach Coy Brotherton and Haughton coach Jason Brotherton when the brothers met in the middle of the field at Harold E. Harlan Stadium on the Buccaneers’ campus Friday night.
“We just got beat on the longest field goal I’ve ever seen,” said Jason, whose Bucs fell 17-14 when Parkway’s Aeron Burrell nailed a 50-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the District 1-5A opener for both teams.
It may have been the longest field goal witnessed by the Haughton coach in person, but it wasn’t even the longest of the season for Burrell. That was a 52-yarder in Parkway’s 45-0 victory at Red River in Week 2.
While Burrell’s game-winner Friday night was two yards short of his career long field goal, this one had a little more sting to it – the victory kept the Panthers undefeated (4-0) going into next week’s district matchup against Captain Shreve. Haughton, which plays host to Southwood next week, dropped to 2-2.
“I just executed it,” said Burrell, who was clearing 55-yarders in pre-game warmups. “It was a great snap and a great hold. I knew if we got the ball back, I’d get a chance. We put Barrett Newman in, and he executed.”
With the Panthers trailing 14-7 with approximately two minutes left in the game (the play and game clocks went out during the first series of the game) and facing a fourth-and-1 from the Haughton 16, Newman went up the middle for 15 yards and took it in on the next play – capping a 9-play, 54-yard, game-tying drive that was aided by a personal foul penalty against the Bucs.
Just as Burrell had hoped, Parkway got the ball back when the defense forced Haughton to punt after a 3-and-out. Starting at their own 34, the Panthers didn’t have far to go to get into range for their star kicker. And Newman made sure they got there as the 6-2, 215-pound senior gained 34 yards on three consecutive carries to set up the game-winning field goal.
The game-winner came as no surprise to the Parkway coach.
“He (Burrell) missed a 60-yarder wide left last week,” said Coy Brotherton. “It had enough distance on it to go 65 or 70 yards.”
What was surprising was Parkway’s inability to get anything going offensively – and keep Haughton off the field — in the first half. The Panthers ran just 11 plays in the first two quarters compared to 37 for the Bucs.
It was an 18-play, 77-yard scoring drive capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run by Tyler Rhodes and Carter Ebarb PAT that gave Haughton a 7-0 lead at the half. Jaylan White, Parkway’s star running back who had 353 yards and six touchdowns in the first three games of the season, was held to just 14 yards in the first half.
“I told them not to panic,” Coy Brotherton said when asked about his halftime talk to his players. “I told them to trust – and get the ball to Jaylan White.”
It worked. On the first play of the third quarter, White scored on a 69-yard run and Burrell’s extra point tied the game at 7-7. Haughton responded with a 7-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 51-yard touchdown pass from Colin Rains to John Ecot. Ebarb’s PAT gave the Bucs the 14-7 lead.
White finished with 123 yards on 10 carries, quarterback Ashton Martin added 48 yards on 8 carries, and Newman had 5 carries for 46 yards.
Rhodes led the Bucs with 90 yards on 22 carries, followed by Rains with 63 yards on 14 carries, and Davontay Moss with 8 carries for 18 yards. Rains completed 12 of 17 passes for 141 yards – completing passes to eight different receivers.
“We were dog-tired on defense,” said Coy Brotherton, whose Panthers went into the game as the No. 2 ranked team in the Shreveport-Bossier Journal poll of area teams – one spot ahead of next week’s opponent.
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Parkway 17, Haughton 14
Score by quarters
Parkway | 0 | 0 | 7 | 10 | – 17
Haughton | 0 | 7 | 7 | 0 | – 14
H – Tyler Rhodes 3 run (Carter Ebarb kick)
P – Jaylan White 69 run (Aeron Burrell kick)
H – John Ecot 51 pass from Colin Rains (Ebarb kick)
P – Barrett Newman 1 run (Burrell kick)
P – Burrell 50 field goal
Rushing – Parkway (25-223), White 10-123, Ashton Martin 8-48, Newman 5-46, Antonio Gladney 2-6. Haughton (47-183), Rhodes 22-90, Rains 14-63, Davontay Moss 8-18, Christian Turner 1-7, Jalen Lewis 1-4, Jamarion Montgomery 1-1.
Passing – Parkway (3-9-0-17), Martin 3-9-0-17. Haughton (12-17-0-141), Rains 12-17-0-141.
Receiving – Parkway, Dre Abner 1-16, Trenton Lape 1-1, White 1-0. Haughton, Montgomery 4-24, Ecot 2-95, Rashard Douglas 1-7, Lewis 1-6, Moss 1-6, Jakobe Delaney 1-5, Cayden Hinkie 1-5, Rhodes 1-(-7).
Photo by JOHN PENROD, Journal Sports