Top-ranked U-High squaring off against No. 6 Parkview

Advocate photo by John OubreParkview Baptist quarterback Reginald Hayes is a key cog in an option offense averaging 39.2 points a game.
Advocate photo by John OubreParkview Baptist quarterback Reginald Hayes is a key cog in an option offense averaging 39.2 points a game.

Top-ranked U-High squaring off against No. 6 Parkview

It’s not often Parkview Baptist finds itself on the opposite side of a matchup featuring a top-ranked team. Especially when it comes to playing in their stadium.

That’s the exact position No. 6 Parkview Baptist (4-1, 2-0), the reigning Class 3A champion finds itself Friday when it hosts No. 1 University High (5-0, 2-0) in one of the state’s premier encounters that will have a significant bearing on the outcome of the District 7-3A race.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“We’ve had some great teams come in here, and they’re one of them,” Guillot said. “It’s nice being the underdog for a change. We’ve taken the underdog role, and hopefully we can play with these guys.”

The U-High-Parkview contest is the marquee game among the local/area’s lower classification teams, which also includes an intriguing matchup with Madison Prep (3-2) visiting Christian Life (4-1) in both teams’ 6-1A opener.

During his three-plus seasons at U-High, coach Chad Mahaffey has elevated the status of the Cubs program to among the best in the state.

U-High has won 37 games during Mahaffey’s tenure, claimed its last two district titles in Class 2A and advanced to the state semifinals last season before moving up in classification this year.

“I think our kids are excited,” Mahaffey said. “They know based off the respect we have for Parkview they know we’re playing against a great team and a great program. It doesn’t take a lot to let the kids know they’re going to have a great challenge ahead of them. The biggest thing is our kids are excited about that rather than nervous.”

U-High has won 19 of its last 22 games with only two regular-season losses during that span but appear to be playing better than ever.

Junior quarterback Manny Miles, son of LSU coach Les Miles, is leading an offense that’s scoring 46.4 points and generating 430 yards per outing.

Miles has completed 44 of 65 passes for 924 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

Junior running back Nicholas Brossette, an LSU commitment, leads a ground game keyed by fellow LSU pledge, offensive tackle Garrett Brumfield, with 89 carries for 686 yards and 14 TDs.

Senior Brandt Broussard (13-354, four TDs) is the team’s top receiving target.

“They can score from any place on the field throwing or running and special teams,” Guillot said. “They’ve got a lot of weapons, and their offensive line is really good and they’re really big.”

Parkview will counter U-High’s fast-paced no-huddle spread with its more methodical, triple-option attack that’s producing 39.2 points a contest.

“We’ve got to try and prepare for it in one week where it’s something they do all the time, so that’s going to be a challenge for our defense,” Mahaffey said. “They play with great discipline, and anytime you play against Parkview, who is known for being a physical team, that’s part of the challenge as well.”

Junior running back Houston Robert (16-285, four TDs) leads a balanced rushing game that also features senior fullback Erik Martinez (40-265, three TDs) and junior running back Aaron Leonard (32-201, three TDs).

Sophomore quarterback Reginald Hayes has accounted for 672 yards — 474 passing, 198 rushing — and 12 TDs.

“You want to get better every week, and I think we’ve been able to do that up to this point,” said Guillot, whose team has won its past four games. Hopefully we can get a little better Friday for down the road.”