Parkview Baptist edges Brusly in Class 3A regional thriller
On a chilly night, the match-up between Brusly (9-3) and Parkview Baptist (10-0) added some fire. It took some late fireworks from Parkview Baptist to come away with the 32-28 victory over Brusly in which Brusly led 28-18 midway through the fourth quarter.
Brusly was in control most of the game due to the performances of seniors DiMario Jackson, who had two first-half touchdowns receptions and Jay Christophe, who finished with 116 rushing yards and 95 passing yards.
Parkview started off the game with two big plays and got off to a 3-0 lead after they intercepted the ball at their 10-yard line on Brusly’s first drive. Eric Martinez broke for a 54-yard run, but they later settled for a field goal because of a DiMario Jackson sack.
Brusly, however, would go on a 14-0 run in the second quarter with drives of 81 and 72 yards. Carlsel Alexander scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard dive in the beginning of the second quarter; and after forcing a Parkview punt, Christophe connected with Jackson for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 5:05 left in the quarter. Blake Manola connected on the PAT making the score 14-3.
Less than a minute later, Parkview quarterback Brennan Bozeman fired a 65-yard touchdown pass and the score became 14-10.
A strange sequence of plays then happened as PBS forced a Brusly punt, which they blocked to take possession of the ball in their own territory, but on the following play Brusly forced a fumble and recovered the football with 2:52 left to go in the half.
Brusly capitalized on the turnover as Christophe threw another touchdown pass to Jackson for 27 yards. Brusly had a 21-10 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Parkview scored a rushing touchdown with 9:00 remaining. They were successful in their 2-point conversion making the score 21-18.
Towards the end of the third quarter Christophe scrambled for a 12-yard touchdown to increase the Panther lead 28-18.
The score remained that way until there was 6:19 left in the game, Parkview’s Bozeman connected on a 17-yard touchdown to receiver Tom Wing. Bozeman was 4 for 5 in the fourth quarter. He had another key pass to Austin Suits late in the game setting up a 10-yard run by Hezekiah Randolph that put the Eagles up 32-28 after the extra point.
Brusly had one last chance to win the game in a drive that proved to be painstaking. They had an ineffective running play, an incomplete pass, a bad snap which Christophe had to fall on to recover, and an intentional grounding call on fourth down. The Eagles got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining in the game and ran the time off the clock.
“We did not make the plays we needed to at the end,” said Brusly head coach Erik Willis. “They made the necessary adjustments and executed well and they came out with the victory.”
Willis, though, was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I think they played a great game. It was unfortunate it had to end that way, but they did well. There has not been a team I have been more ready to coach as I was with them,” he said.
The Panthers have many seniors that will not be with the team next year including quarterback Jay Christophe and athlete DiMario Jackson.
Willis said that he knows he had a great group of seniors that led the team.
“I am proud of the seniors on this team for their leadership. You saw that tonight as we played with the best of them in Parkview,” he said. “I think they set the tone for all the younger players that will be here next year and I think we will be good for years to come.”
Brusly had a successful season finishing with a regular season record of 8-2, and overall record of 9-3.