Even in a big game with plenty of big plays, it can come down to the little things.
A third-quarter turnover and a couple of key play calls helped give top-ranked University High the edge it needed. With Nick Brossette, Manny Miles and D’Vante Dotson leading the way, the Cubs ran all the way to a 42-35 victory over No. 6 Parkview Baptist in a pivotal District 7-3A game Friday night at PBS.
“I think we got exactly what everybody expected — two teams that fought very hard,” U-High coach Chad Mahaffey said. “I was pleased with how our guys responded when things went well for them in the beginning. We just kept battling.”
UHS’ Bo Bankston recovered a Parkview fumble on the second play of the second half at the PBS 20. Five plays later, Brossette scored on a 6-yard run to make it 28-21. After PBS tied it, Miles unloaded a 66-yard pass to Dotson that helped the Cubs build a two-TD lead.
Brossette, a junior and an LSU commitment, ran for a game-high 184 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass. Dotson finished with five catches for 146 yards and three TDs, including TD catches of 66 and 50 yards.
Miles completed 14 of 22 passes for 217 yards and four TDs. The teams combined for 755 yards.
UHS (6-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Parkview (4-2, 2-1).
“I’m disappointed we lost, but I couldn’t be more proud of the effort,” PBS coach Kenny Guillot said. “I thought both teams played extremely hard. It reminded me a lot of our rivalry with Redemptorist from a few years back.
“That’s why it’s tough to say the game turned on one play. But that (turnover) was big. It gave them the lead.
“They’re tough to defend because if you play off the line, Brossette can hurt you. And if you stack the box, they’ll throw over the top.”
Erik Martinez led a balance rushing attack for PBS (4-2, 2-1) with 84 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Reginald Hayes had 77 yards on 17 carries. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 57 yards.
The teams compiled 445 yards first-half yards, and there was no doubt that Brossette was having a good night early.
Brossette had 130 first-half rushing yards on 21 carries. He caught a 4-yard TD pass from Miles to open the Cubs’ scoring and added a 6-yard run with 31.5 seconds left in the second to tie the score at 21.
“Everybody stepped up; it wasn’t just me,” Brossette said. “That’s what a team does. I knew if our defense could give us stops, we’d take advantage.”
Parkview got comparable production from Hayes (eight carries, 78 yards) and Martinez (8-71) in the opening half.
University took the opening kick and punted after driving to the Parkview 42. That’s when the scoring barrage started.
Parkview powered its way 73 yards in 10 plays, one of which was a 19-yard run by Hayes. Aaron Leonard scored on a 4-yard run, and Taylor Black booted the point-after to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 6:19 left in the first.
U-High answered with a 79-yard drive. Miles’ 36-yard pass to Brandt Broussard keyed the drive that ended with Miles’ TD pass to Brossette. Matthew Berg’s PAT tied it at 7 with 2:53 left.
Each team scored twice in the second quarter. Another possession led to another Parkview TD. The Eagles drove 66 yards, and Hayes scored on a 13-yard run to make it 14-7 with 10:28 left in the half.
Alex Ginn led three Eagles who sacked Miles at midfield a short time later. Longer field? Bigger play. Miles tossed a 50-yard TD pass to D’Vonte Dotson that tied it at 14 with 8:14 remaining.
Next, the Eagles countered. Martinez’s 29-yard run after a pitch from Hayes set up a 10-yard run by Martinez. PBS led 21-14 at the 3:45 mark after a 78-yard drive.
Brossette carried nine times during the final UHS drive. He had a 20-yard run before scoring on a 6-yard to tie it again at 21.
After Brossette staked U-High to a 28-21 lead in the third quarter, PBS responded. The Eagles drove 73 yards, and Hayes scored on a 1-yard plunge to tie it with 5:09 left in the third quarter.
That’s when Mahaffey dialed up another big play: Miles’ 66-yard TD pass to Dotson, who split two PBS defenders to make the catch.
“I want to say that might be one of the best days of my life,” Dotson said. “It was a great atmosphere. Coach (Mahaffey) sees an opening before I do. He called it, and I ran under it.”
Miles hooked up with Dotson on a 13-yard TD pass with 10:02 left, giving the Cubs a 42-35 lead.
Houston Robert scored on a 4-yard run for Parkview with 22.1 seconds to go, but it was too little and too late.
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