Friday night the Brusly Panthers played another challenging game - this time against the Parkview Eagles - that ended in a 27-7 victory for the Eagles.
“Our tough schedule is going to pay off because we keep improving,” said Brusly Head Coach Erik Willis optimistically. “We passed a good test this week: that we can be a physical team upfront. We wanted to go out there and be ready to play all four quarters, and we finally did it.”
Despite the difference in the score, Parkview only had 57 more yards than Brusly during the game, with 280 total yards to Brusly’s 223.
“We played ‘Brusly football’ this week, and that’s something we haven’t done in the last three weeks,” said Willis. “It was our best effort by far this year. Our defense made huge plays, and they’re only getting better.”
Willis said he was impressed with both Kwanston Adkins and Carlsel Alexander’s performances.
“Adkins is stepping up on both sides of the ball. They’ve both been playing extremely well. Effort and leadership from those two guys is what is going to help this team get into the playoffs,” said Willis.
Three minutes into the first quarter, Brusly scored their first and only touchdown of the game when Blake Manola passed 3 yards to Tyree Johnson in the end zone. Darien Cobbs kicked the extra point for the Panthers. Neither team scored for the rest of the quarter.
Parkview’s offense kicked it up a notch, scoring three of their touchdowns in the second quarter. Halfway through the second quarter, Parkview’s Tee Sparrow rushed 45 yards for the Eagles’ first touchdown, and Taylor Black earned the extra point. With 3:07 remaining in the second quarter, Sparrow scored a defensive touchdown after scooping up a blocked Brusly punt and running it 3 yards into the end zone.
With just a minute left in the quarter, Reginald Hayes increased the Parkview Baptist lead to 21-7 after rushing for a 1-yard touchdown.
“They made big plays, and big plays are part of the game,” said Willis. “They blocked a punt and threw over our heads.”
In the entire duration of the third quarter, neither Parkview or Brusly scored, but Parkview began the fourth quarter with a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Reginald Hayes to Erik Martinez.
In spite of the loss, Coach Willis said he feels his team has come a long way and is only getting better.
“We improved a lot just this week,” said Willis. “We made tremendous strides in just one week, and I’m pretty pleased with the effort.”
Willis said he’s looking forward to the rest of the Panthers’ schedule.