10.20.17. BLUE JAYS CAPITALIZE ON PARKWAY MISCUES
It was senior night for the Parkway fall sports teams and the panther football team was primed and ready to get a win in their last game at home. The visiting blue jays must not have gotten that memo, they finished the game with the victory. Parkway kept pace with the blue jays on the night, the glaring difference was the interceptions by the panthers. St. Johns took advantage of all three, turning them into scores. Parkway lit up the scoreboard first with a 79 yard scamper from Nick Hawk in the first quarter. It was all the blue jays with the momentum until late in the third quarter. St. Johns would score four more times until the host panthers next score. The blue Jays scored twice in the second quarter to push their lead to 19-6 at halftime. The panthers still had a fighting chance for victory. The Parkway defense did a good job in the third period, holding the blue jays to a score late in the quarter. That put the panthers down 26-6, but that score didn't last long. On the ensuing kickoff, senior Caden May caught the ball on the 11 yard line and found a seam to weave his way to the house for another Parkway score. That put the score at 26-14 and Parkway had a little momentum going. But the blue jays were very elusive all night and the panthers had trouble tackling them. Caden May did put the panthers on the board one more time with a scamper around the right side on a jet sweep, he took it 54 yards for the parkway score. That made it a final score of 40-22. Caden May had an outstanding game for the panthers, he attributed for 278 all purpose yards in the game. He had 8 carries for 79 yards, 199 kickoff return yards and 2 touchdowns in his final home game. Nick Hawk also had a good night for the panthers, he had 16 carries for 144 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. The panthers will travel to Maria Stein for their final game of the season next Friday.
10.13.17. ROCKETS RUN ROUGHSHOD ON PANTHER DEFENSE
The rockets dominated Parkway in the run game and gashed the rushing defense for 340 yards. They set the tone early, on their first play of the game Aiden Endsley broke loose for a 78 yard touchdown. Parkway was moving the ball well on their third possession, but the drive stalled and on a fourth and long Anna came up with a big interception and turned it into a pick six and increasing their lead to 14-0. Anna added another score with 2:02 left in the first quarter for a 21-0 lead after just one period. The panther defense did much better in the second quarter, just giving up one score. The rockets were ready to finish the last drive of the half with another score, but a timely interception at the 10 yard line by Caleb Kinney put a stop to the Anna drive. As we went to halftime, the rockets were well in control leading 28-0. The third quarter only saw one score and that was with just 30 seconds left in the period. The panther defense stiffened up and played much better, but the rockets did score and pushed the count to 35-0. The rockets were held in check until late in the final quarter, as time was running out in the game when they scored again with 50 seconds left in the game pushing to score to 42-0. The panthers had chances to score points, but either turnovers of misplays kept them from scoring. Parkway will be in action next at home versus Delphos St. Johns next Friday.
10.6.17. PANTHERS GIVE UP BIG YARDS RUSHING, FALL TO TIGERS
9.29.17. PARKWAY CONTINUE THE GAUNTLET, FALL TO CAVS
Just 13 total yards separated Parkway and Coldwater in total offense. The panthers had 283 to the cavs 296. Parkway ran 46 plays and Coldwater ran 47. Parkway averaged 6.2 yards per play to 6.3 yards for the cavaliers. Coldwater gained the bulk of their yardage through the air while the host panthers ground out the bulk of their yardage on the ground. Time of possession was 24 minutes for the cavs and 23 minutes for parkway. By looking at these statistics, you would think the scoreboard was closer than it really was. Parkway turnovers and the cavaliers big plays were the difference in the score. The panthers played well and had their moments moving the ball, but still "shot themselves in the foot" with turnovers. One of those came with their backs against their own goal line and turned into an easy score for the visiting cavaliers. Coldwater scored first on a 32 yard touchdown pass midway in the first quarter. In the second period they scored after a panther fumble which gave them a very short field to work with. Just before the halftime break they scored again to push the score to 21-0 in the orange & blacks favor. With just 19 seconds left in the half, Parkway's Nick Hawk reeled off a long run, but time ran out in the panthers drive. Coldwater received the second half kick off and put a drive together that was capped off with a 33 yard pass for a touchdown to extend their lead to 28-0. With time running out in the third quarter, Coldwater added another score and it ballooned to 35-0. The host panthers kept playing tough and the defense held the cavaliers scoreless in the final period. The panther offense put together a nice drive that was finished off by Andrew Baker with an 18 yard run. The final score was 35-6 in the cavs favor and the panthers fall to 1-5. Caden May led the panthers with 82 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving.
9.22.17. TURNOVERS COME BACK TO HAUNT PARKWAY
The New Bremen cardinals are much improved, the visiting panthers found that out first hand tonight. It wasn't the typical cardinal squad, this team took advantage of the panthers turnovers. Three of them were interceptions that the cardinals turned into points. Parkway cracked the scoreboard first, midway through the first quarter on a 70 yard run by Andrew Baker. Just two series later the cards answered that with a score of their own.After one quarter we had a 7-6 game in favor of the hosts. It was in the second quarter that New Bremen did the bulk of their scoring, getting 20 points. The panthers also scored in the second quarter, but the cardinals Avery Powers had his way with the panther defense. As we went to the halftime break, it was the cardinals with a commanding 27-12 lead. The third period saw another score from New Bremen as they pushed the score to 34-12. Parkway kept digging and Caden May ripped off a 40 yard run for another Parkway touchdown to pull within two scores at 34-20. Unfortunately the panthers didn't get any closer as the cards held the ball as the clock ran out. Parkway had 273 yards of total offense which is pretty good, but New Bremen racked up 421. Avery Powers ran for203 yards and Nolan Bornhorst ran for 155 yards gashing the panther defense. Caden May led the way for Parkway, rushing for 91 yards. The panthers fall to 1-4 as we are at the midway point of the season.
9.15.17 PANTHERS NO MATCH FOR #2 RANKED REDSKINS, FALL TO 1-3
The panthers hit the road and headed south for a contest with the #2 ranked St. Henry redskins. As the evening progressed, it was all St. Henry who scored early and often. The redskins put up twenty points in the first quarter. Midway through the period they scored on a 16 yard run and just one minute later the redskins intercepted Andrew Baker's pass and ran it back for a touchdown, pushing the score to 14-0. After a Parkway stalled drive, St. Henry put together another scoring drive culminating with a 7 yard run. After a missed extra point, the score was 20-0 after the first period. Parkway moved the ball at times and twice got in the red zone, but the tough redskin defense stopped the panthers. St. Henry scored twice more in the second quarter which left us with a 34-0 redskin lead as we went into the halftime break.The third quarter turned out to be a draw, neither team crossed the goaline until the final quarter. St. Henry pushed the score to 41-0 early in the fourth period. The visiting panthers finally cracked the scoreboard with a minute left in the game. Nick Hawk took the handoff and wove his way to a 34 yard scamper for a panther touchdown. Andrew Baker crossed the goaline for a two point conversion, giving us a 41-8 score. Nick Hawk carried the rock for 77 yards to lead the panther rushing attack he also had 93 kick off return yards for the panthers. Nick Riley led the panther defense in tackles for the game. The Panthers will play at New Bremen next week to take on what seems to be an improved cardinal squad.
9.8.17. INDIANS OUTLAST THE PANTHERS, PARKWAY FALLS TO 1-2
It was a tough loss for the panthers as they fell to the visiting Indians by two scores. Looking at the stat sheet, it was a pretty even contest. The Indians only out gained Parkway by 100 yards of total offense. Parkway lit up the scoreboard first on a 19 yard completion from Andrew Baker to Caleb Kinney for a touchdown. Parkway had a 6-0 lead when just a series later they were forced to punt deep in their own territory. Ft. Recovery came up with a big block that rolled into the end zone and recovered for an Indian touchdown. After on quarter in the books, the host panthers were down 7-6. Ft. Recovery added another score early in the second quarter to make it a 14-6 advantage. But Parkway answered that with a Baker to Caden May touchdown pass that pushed the score to 14-12.Late in the second period, the Indians went back to their work horse Will Homan and he scored again for the indians. As we went to halftime, Parkway found themselves down 21-12. I the third quarter the indians added two scores before the panthers would answer. Down 35-12, Baker handed the rock to Caden May and he juked his way to a 41 yard touchdown that made the score 35-20. The hosts weren't ready to just lay down and quit. Once again the panthers fought back and on a run by Baker, they pushed the score to 26-35. Never giving up and continuing to fight, Parkway kept the game within reach. Once again the Indians rode the back of Homan to another touchdown with just three minutes left in the game. That score gave the Indians a 42-26 lead that also became the final score. Caden May led the panthers in rushing with 124 yards on 12 carries.
9.1.17. PANTHERS EVEN RECORD AT 1-1, DEFENSE HOLDS ON FOR WIN
What a game, the visiting panthers even their record at 1-1 with a 14-13 victory of Spencerville. Although the bearcats gained more yardage, 311 to Parkways 246, the panther defense bent but didn't break. Parkway got on the board first at the ten minute mark in the first quarter. Nick Hawk took the hand off and turned the corner en route to a 39 yard touchdown run. Parkway missed the extra point, but had a 6-0 lead. Spencerville had success running the ball against the panther defense, most of it right up the gut. Although the bearcats ran for 295, they were held scoreless in the first half of the ballgame. Spencerville scored first in the third quarter, they crossed the endzone and with 5 minutes left in the quarter took a 7-6 lead. That was short lived as the panthers scored when Andrew Baker connected with Cayden May for a 38 yard completion. Nick Hawk tacked on a two point conversion giving the panthers a 14-7 advantage with just a minute left in the period. Parkway held the host bearcats until the seven minute mark in the final stanza. On a two yard run the Spencerville quarterback crossed the goaline for a 14-13 score, with the extra point we would have a tie game. But that Parkway defense pressured the kick and it was wide right, leaving the Parkway squad with a one point lead. Spencerville threatened one more time, but that panther defense held them and they were forced to try a field goal. The bearcats kick was straight on line, but fell about fifteen yards short and preserving the score. Parkway ran out the clock and came away victorious. Rushing was the staple of the panthers offense and Nick Hawk led all rushers with 74 yards and a touchdown.
8.26.17 CRITICAL MISTAKES HAUNT PANTHERS IN OPENER
The annual season opener versus the Crestview knights went according to plan, until Parkway made some critical mistakes. The panthers scored first late in the first quarter. Nick Hawk took the hand-off and then broke free for a 70 yard touchdown. Parkway missed the extra point, but now led 6-0. It wasn't until the 10:41 mark in the second quarter that Crestview tied the score at six apiece. Hawk broke free once again for a 59 yard touchdown score. The knights answered that score, but Caden May hauled in a pass from Andrew Baker that culminated in a 69 yard touchdown. Up 20-12 the panther defense just needed a few minutes untill halftime. Crestview was able to get another score and the two point conversion and went into the half with a 20-20 tie and the momentum swing. Crestview continued where they left off and took a 26-20 advantage. Not out of the game, the panthers just needed to execute and move the ball. Unfortunately the panthers turned over the ball with a fumble deep in their territory. It only took the knights a few plays to capitalize and turn it into a 32-20 score. Parkway kept digging and had a nice drive going when the knights returned an interception 70 yards for another touchdown and 38-20 score. The panthers got one score back late in the game as Baker hit Caleb Kinney for a 19 yard touchdown. That made the score 38-26, but it was too little too late for the host panthers. Nick Hawk had a huge night rushing with 167 yards on 11 carries. Andrew Baker went 7/8 throwing for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. Caden May also came up big as the dual threat, he rushed for 79 yards and had 84 yards receiving. Parkway will be in action next week at Spencerville.