10.27.18 REDSKINS THROTTLE PANTHERS IN FINALE
It was another cold and rainy night as we put a close to the football regular season. The Panthers played host to the St. Henry redskins on senior night. But the night belonged to the visitors, they dominated Parkway in every aspect of the game. The redskins defense couldn't have played much better, unfortunately for the panthers. They held Parkway to just 111 yards of offense, that won't win many games. Big plays were the them of the contest. St. Henry scored on a 19 yard run, a 28 yard run, a 54 yard pass and a 43 yard run. The Parkway defense just couldn't hold up against the redskins. Parkway also had a big play for their lone score. Nick Hawk broke free and scampered 42 yards for the Parkway score. The Panthers started the game tough and hanging right in there with the redskins. St. Henry only had a 15-8 lead after the first quarter. But then the wheels fell of for the panthers in the second quarter. St. Henry exploded for 28 points and pushed the score to 43-8 at the halftime break. Neither team scored in the second half and that's where the game finished. Parkway only completed one pass in the game, that was a 17 yard completion to Jason Luth from Eli Rich. Nick Hawk finished the contest with 104 yards rushing and one touchdown. Parkway finishes the season with a 1-9 record. Even though they finished with the same record as the previous year, this squad has made great strides over previous seasons.
10.19.18 ROCKETS EARLY LEAD HOLDS UP
As if it wasn't cold enough outside, for the second week we had to endure the rain. The weather didn't slow down the potent Anna rocket offense. Also for the second week in a row, the Panthers faced a team that rarely passes and eats up chunks of yardage. Anna jumped out to a 21 point advantage in the first quarter of play. Midway through the period the rockets put points on the board with a 31 yard touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, they were successful with an onside kick. That also turned into points after a nine play three minute drive from the rockets. That pushed the score to 14-0 in the hosts favor. After a Parkway three and out, Anna went 54 yards in five plays for another touchdown. That drive took them less than a minute and a half and made it it 21-0 score after one period. But the Panthers were quickly in position to score after a Nick Hawk run for 60 yards put the ball on the rockets 8 yard line. But the rockets defense became a wall and Parkway got no closer than the five yard line. The rockets went on the attack and moved the ball to midfield.That's when the panther defense came up with a big play when John Cunningham intercepted a Bixler pass and set the offense up at the rockets 42 yard line. But the offense sputtered once again and had to punt. Late in the half, Anna added another score that made it 27-0 at the halftime break. The rockets got the ball first and went 60 yards in 8 plays for the score. Down 34-0 it wasn't looking good for the panthers. But the Parkway defense stiffened up in the third quarter and only allowed the rockets one score. While Parkway put together a ten play drive that culminated in a Jason Luth touchdown. It was now a 34-7 score, but the panthers were on the board. After the defense held strong, the offense ground out anther touchdown. Eli Rich found Nick Hawk with a pass and nick bulled over a rocket for the 20 yard score. It was now 34-13 with about five minutes left in the contest. On the next play, the jv defense gave up an 80 yard run for a rocket score. That made it 41-13 and that would also be the final score in the game. Nick Hawk finished the game with 108 yards rushing and a 20 yard pass for a touchdown. The Panthers fall to 1-8 on the season with just one game left.
10.12.18 PANTHERS LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT
This was a game that could go either way if you looked at the records of each team. But with a steady rainfall throughout the game, the blue jays kept it on the ground. That turned out to be very successful for them. St. Johns found the end zone first late in the first quarter. They put together a six minute drive that covered 70 yards for the 7-0 lead. Parkway answered right back on their next possession with a 60 yard drive that was capped off by an Eli Rich touchdown. With that came a 7-7 tie game. After the panther defense held the blue jays, the offense found the goaline once again. A five play drive where Rich found Preston Stober for a 39 yard Parkway score. Pushing the score to 14-7 in the panthers favor. With under three minutes left in the half, the blue jays were able to put a scoring drive together. A questionable pass interference call aided St. Johns in keeping that drive going. That left us tied once again. Delphos intercepted a panther pass, but missed a 39 yard field goal and we went into the half tied at 14-14. Parkway started the third quarter off with a monster defensive stand that had the blue jays punting deep in their end zone. Mason Landers broke free and blocked the punt that rolled out of the end zone for a panther safety and a 16-14 lead. The blue jays added another score in the third period. Both teams each added one more score in the final period that left the score at 27-22 in the blue jays favor. It was a nice drive that started at the panther 15 yard line and it would probably be the panthers last chance to get the win. After several failed attempts, Parkway was facing fourth down with 12 yards to go. Eli Rich found Jason Luth for 21 yards and a first down. Then on second down, Rich was once again was on target with a pass to Preston Stober for a 22 yard gain. Parkway had the ball sitting on the St. Johns 44 with just under a minute left in the game. That was plenty of time to get the winning score. But the next play would be the last offensive effort from the panthers. Rich was on target with his pass, but the safety slid over and snagged the ball from the parkway receiver. That sealed the 27-22 victory for the blue jays.
10.5.18 PARKWAY FALLS TO IMPROVED CARDS
This was a game that looked eerily similar to the panthers last outing. The host cardinals cashed in with big plays and kept the Parkway offense off the field en route to a victory. New Bremen dominated in the time of possession category as they held the ball for nearly three quarters of the game. Neither squad had much luck in the first quarter until the cardinals found the end zone on a 29 yard pass play with just seconds left in the period. The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead with just 13 seconds left in the period. After trading possessions in the second quarter, the New Bremen quarterback escaped around the right end for a 38 yard cardinal score. After a missed extra point, the panthers were now down 13-0. The panthers needed to answer that score, that is what they did with an Eli Rich three yard scamper for the touchdown. The kick was missed and that left the score at 13-6 with just a few minutes till the half. The panthers were closer to closing the gap, but then with a freakish play the cardinals were able to add another score. With just 30 seconds left in the half, New Bremen decided to air it out. Parkway had good coverage and got a hand on the ball, tipped the ball , but it fell into the cardinal receivers hands and he found paydirt from there. That resulted in a 61 yard play and pushed the score to 20-6 at the half. The hosts started the second half receiving the ball and put together a drive that culminated in a 40 yard touchdown That made it a 27-6 score, puting Parkway into an even deeper hole. But it only took the Panthers a minute to answer right back and make it a 27-13 contest. That would be the last time the Panthers would score and the cards added another. The visiting Panthers lost the game by a final score of 33-13.
9.28.18 BIG PLAYS SPELL DOOM ON HOMECOMING
If you look at the statistics, this was a pretty evenly matched contest. That would be a fair assumption and it was, all but the final score. Ft. Recovery had 363 total yards to Parkways 315. The host panthers had the ball for ten minutes more than the Indians did. Both teams amassed 16 first downs in the game and both also committed two turnovers. The difference in the contest was a few big plays from the Indians. We were scoreless until midway through the first quarter when the Indians connected on an 80 yard pass play for a 7-0 lead. After a defensive stop of the panthers, Ft. Recovery found the end zone again pushing the score to 14-0 with just a few minutes left in the first half. The Panthers had success moving the ball in the first half, they just didn't score. But as the clock ticked away in the second period, Parkway finally got on the scoreboard. With a little trickeration, it was a pass from Preston Stober to Eli Rich for a 16 yard touchdown. With 34 seconds left we had a 14-7 ballgame and the Panthers were back in it. The Panther defense did a nice job in the third quarter of holding Ft. Recovery scoreless. But Parkway also failed to close the gap in the third period. Unfortunately the Indians made up for that in the final period of play. Ft. Recovery started the fourth quarter with the ball and promptly scored after a long drive that started in the third quarter. Down 21-7 the panthers needed to keep pace with the Indians, but that didn't happen. The Indians speedster LeFevre scampered 33 yards for an Indian touchdown that moved the score to 28-7. The game was starting to get away from the panthers and time was running out. Eli Rich orchestrated a drive that culminated in a Parkway touchdown. Junior wide out Gavin Stober hauled in a 36 yard pass to make it a 28-14 score. Now the panther defense needed a stop if they wanted any chance of a win. But the Indians were able to score twice more with big plays in just a five minute span. That pretty much sealed the win with a score of 42-14. With just a couple minutes left in the game, it was time to put the jv's in the game. The young panthers took advantage of the opportunity. They put together a drive that saw Brock Baltzell toss a 21 yard pass that Dylan Hughes grabbed in the end zone for the score. With the extra point by Jonathon Steinhoff, the final score made it a 42-21 win for the Indians.
9.21.18 PANTHERS FALL IN A TALE OF TWO HALVES
The Parkway Panthers traveled to Minster for a battle with the #5 ranked Wildcats. The visitors came ready to play and kept pace with the hosts, but only for the first half. After the wildcats deferred on the toss, the panthers put together a drive that culminated in Eli Rich finding the end zone for the games first score. After the extra point from Corey Walls, Parkway held a 7-0 lead. It didn't take Minster long to answer that score and we had a 7-7 tie game. Both squads added two more scores in the second quarter. Eli Rich found pay dirt for the second time on a 2 yard run that put the panthers up 14-7. The wildcats scored two more times before the panthers would tie the score again. Just before the halftime break, Nick Hawk capped a panther drive with a one yard run to tie the score at 21-21. The panthers were playing some really good football and had the Wildcats scratching their heads. As the old adage goes, "its a game of two halves". This was never more evident than this game. The first half was a tie, but the host wildcats flexed their muscles and held Parkway in the second half. It only took a few plays into the third quarter for Minster to jump ahead to a 28-21 score. While holding the panther offense at bay, the wildcats added another score that pushed it to a 35-21 game after three quarters. The panthers had two scores to make up and it was time to go if they had a chance to win. It wasn't in the cards on this night. Midway through the period, Minster pushed the score to 49-21. Parkway continued to battle, but it just wasn't enough as the clock wound down the game finished with a 62-35 score. The panthers did rack up 358 yards of offense in the game. Eli Rich scored 4 touchdowns on the night and Caleb Kinney had 5 receptions for 92 yards in the game.
9.7.18 FLYERS SOAR OVER PARKWAY FOR WIN
Every week in the Midwest Athletic Conference you will face a tough opponent. For Parkway it was a trip to the village of Maria Stein and a date with one of the states best teams. The panthers had hoped to keep the damage to a minimum, but costly turnovers didn't help their cause. The flyers won the toss and gave the panthers the ball first. Parkway moved the ball close to mid field on their first possession behind the running of Nick Hawk. But the drive stalled and the panthers had to punt. Marion Local had good punt returns all evening and that set them up with a short field. Several plays later the flyers found the end zone and took a 7-0 lead. The next two series were not good for the panthers, as they both resulted in turnovers that the ever efficient flyers took advantage of. With a steady rain throughout the game, that made for a slippery football. That translated into consecutive miscues that gave the host flyers a short field. They took advantage both times and pushed ahead for a 20-0 lead. As we went to the second quarter, the flyers tacked on another score and it was 27-0 after just one period. Parkway put together a nice drive that resulted in a touchdown with nine minutes left in the second quarter. Eli Rich floated a nice pass over the defense and into the arms of Nick hawk for a 20 yard score. An extra point later the panthers had made it a 30-7 game. Well ahead of Parkway late in the second quarter the flyers continued to pound the ball and finished the first half with a 43-7 score. Parkway moved the ball well at times, but the offense was slowed by a swarming Marion defense. The panther defense held Marion Local to just one score in the second half of the game. The panthers will be at home next week and host the Versailles tigers. They will be looking to get that first "W" under their belt in the M.A.C. tilt.
8.31.18 LATE SCORE SPELLS DOOM FOR PANTHERS
The house was packed for the panthers home opener against Spencerville bearcats. The weather was wonderful and Panther nation was ready for a win. Spencerville won the toss and elected to receive the ball. After a nice kickoff by Cory Walls, it only took the visitors two plays to score. The bearcats found the edge and went ran 56 yards to pay dirt, just like that it was 7-0. The panthers didn't do much with their first possession and had to punt. The bearcats found the end zone once again after just three plays. With runs of 45 and 22 yards the bearcats quickly pushed the score to 14-0. But Parkway put together a nice drive of their own and capped it off with a touchdown. Nick Hawk took the handoff and scampered down the sideline for 45 yards. Breaking tackles along the way and extending across the goal line to score. After one quarter it was a 14-7 contest. The panthers defense had a big stop and the offense took over again. Eli Rich found Caleb Kinney for 16 yard through the air to get Parkway started. A few plays later it was Hawk once again flying down field for a 59 yard touchdown. Although Parkway missed the extra point, it was now a 14-13 game and the host panthers were back in it. With just under 5 minutes left in the half, Spencerville put together a 9 play drive to pull ahead at the half by a score of 21-13. Parkway got the ball to start the second half, but it wasn't till midway through the period that anyone scored. After three tough rushes by Jason "the bull" Luth, Eli Rich rounded the corner and scampered down the sideline for a 57 yard rushing touchdown. Halfway through the third quarter Parkway had tied it all up at 21 apiece. Both teams had nice drives in the fourth quarter and Parkway had one that took about five minutes, but finished with a punt. But it was a really nice punt by Jack Wehe that was downed on the bearcats 4 yard line. After a 5 yard gain, a rush to the right side for 89 yards spelled doom for the panthers. With a 28-21 score, Parkway still had time to tie it back up. Parkway had one last chance with just 48 seconds left in the game. After a pass interference call that put Parkway at the 25 yard line, it was looking good for the home team. But once again the bearcats came up big. It was a tipped ball that the bearcats snagged to seal the victory over the panthers with just 20 seconds left in the game. Parkway had 335 total yards of offense, but Spencerville had 446 one the night.
8.24.18 PANTHERS DROP OPENER TO KNIGHTS
Panther nation showed up in full force tonight, although it wasn't the outcome that we had hoped for. Keep in mind that Crestview made it to the regional finals last season and they didn't lose much to graduation. That being said, Parkway played a respectable game against the knights. Big plays were abundant in this game for both teams throughout the evening. Crestview found the end zone first and with 4 minutes left in initial quarter it was 7-0. Parkway put together a nice drive that was capped off when Nick Hawk punched it in for Parkway. Cory Walls added the extra point and we were knotted at 7-7 after one quarter. The hosts added two more scores midway through the period and the score was pushed to 19-7 in the knights favor. Once again the panthers moved the ball down the field. That's when senior quarterback Preston Stober connected with little brother Gavin Stober for a 36 yard touchdown. Parkway closed the gap to 19-14 late in the first half. But the knights eeked out one more score and made it a 25-14 score as we headed into the half. Crestview scored early in the third period to jump out to a 32-14 lead. The panthers answered right back as Stober found Nick Hawk for a 68 yard touchdown and pulled the score to 21-34. Up to this point, the panthers had kept within reach of the knights, that would soon change. Crestview added two more scores in the third quarter. Parkway found themselves down 21-45 at the start of the fourth quarter. Both teams added two more scores in the fourth quarter and we ended the contest with a 59-35 score. Parkway did roll up 367 yards of offense. Preston Stober threw for 181 yards and Nick Hawk rushed for 66 yards and also had 81 yards receiving.