Parkview Baptist came away from a bruising battle with Brusly on Friday night with a 32-28 come-from-behind win and a spot in the state Class 3A quarterfinals, and the way they did it left coach Kenny Guillot in tears after the game.
“Our kids just fought their butts off,” an emotional Guillot said, “and I can’t say enough about (assistant) coach (Jay) Mayeux and (assistant) coach (Scott) Dietrich. I felt like we got in a rhythm in the second half. Once coach Dietrich got them in a rhythm and coach Mayeux got a bead on them — that’s what they do best, making the adjustments.
“They’re just awesome,” he said.
It took a big second half for the top-seeded Eagles to avoid an early departure from the playoffs. Behind the running, passing and field management of senior quarterback Jay Christophe, the visiting Panthers led 28-18 after three quarters.
That’s when Parkview (10-0), best known for its punishing and time-consuming ground attack, went to the air on its way to 14 fourth-quarter points. Quarterback Brennan Bozeman was 4 for 5 in the quarter with one touchdown pass to Tom Wing and another key pass to Austin Suits that set up their winning TD on a 10-yard run by Hezekiah Randolph.
“Bozeman’s a heck of a quarterback, and we’ve got some good receivers, too,” Guillot said. “At halftime coach Dietrich said Brusly was crowding the line of scrimmage. He thought we could beat them deep, and we did.”
Bozeman finished 7 of 8 passing for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Randolph had 75 yards rushing on six carries. Erik Martinez added 69 yards rushing.
The Eagles needed one stop at the end of the game to seal the win. Brusly took over on its 25 following Randolph’s touchdown and moved inside the Parkview 40 with less than two minutes to play. From there, they had one unsuccessful running play, an incomplete pass, a bad snap Christophe had to fall on, and an intentional grounding call on fourth down.
“You’ve got to make plays,” Brusly coach Erik Willis said. “There were a number of plays that were important, but they made them and we didn’t. They never gave up like we knew they wouldn’t.
“Field position was real important at the end, and we just couldn’t get anything going. It’s a tough way to lose when I feel like we played well enough to win, but we had a great season. It’s a breakthrough year. I can’t say enough about these seniors putting this program on the map.”
Brusly (9-3) kept Parkview on itsheels most of the night with a Parkview-style attack, mixing their running game with a few key passes.
Christophe led all rushers with 116 yards and he threw for another 95, but had only 14 passing yards in the second half as the Parkview defense turned up the pressure.
Two big plays got Parkview off to a 3-0 lead to open the scoring. Suits stopped Brusly’s promising first drive with an interception at the Parkview ten, and Martinez broke loose for a 54-yard run. The Eagles managed a first-and-goal at the seven, but DiMario Jackson dropped Randolph for a 4-yard loss and Parkview settled for the field goal.
Brusly answered with drives of 81 and 72 yards to take a 14-3 lead. Carlsel Alexander scored the first touchdown on a 1-yard run, and Christophe hooked up with DiMario Jackson on a 28-yard pass play for the second.
Jackson caught a 28-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, and Christophe had Brusly’s final score on a 12-yard run in the third..
“We were kind of sleepwalking at first but you got to give them credit. Erik Willis had them ready and they just did a great job,” Guillot said.
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