NEW ORLEANS — Parkview Baptist entered the game with lots of emotion and motivation. The top-seeded Eagles ended the Class 3A title game with plenty of points and yardage.
An onslaught of 42 unanswered points and 416 yards of offense carried Parkview to a 42-7 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm Prep Classic on Saturday.
“I think it was pretty evident tonight who the best team was,” Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook said. “After the first quarter, they (Parkview) took over the football game. They were too powerful for us. They were just better than us.”
With the victory, Parkview (13-0) claims its fourth state title since 2001. PBS previously won titles in 2001, 2007 and 2010. Istrouma, which dominated from the 1940s to the 1960s, is the only Baton Rouge school with more state titles.
“First I’ve got to say that I’m shocked, not that we won, but by the score,” Parkview coach Kenny Guillot said. “The kids came out and played hard and executed great on offense, defense and special teams.”
Quarterback Brennan Bozeman, who ran for three touchdowns and passed for one, was selected as Parkview’s Outstanding Player. Bozeman ran for 73 yards on 11 carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 95 yards.
Erik Martnez ran for a game-high 102 yards on nine carries, while Hezekiah Randolph added 87 yards on 15 carries with two TDs.
Linebacker Kipp Credeur, who had a game-high 17.5 tackles and forced a fumble, was the Outstanding Player for Crowley-based Notre Dame (12-2). Luke Broussard ran for 67 yards on 12 carries for the Pioneers. Parkview ran 61 total plays compared to 35 for NDHS.
The victory was framed in context by a player lost and an assistant coach who was hospitalized on Saturday and did not attend the game.
Immediately after the game, the Parkview players grabbed the picture frame containing the No. 56 jersey of Sam Wimberly and hoisted it into the air in front of the PBS fans. Wimberly, an offensive lineman, died after a brief illness in February.
In the interview room, Guillot held a game plan packaged in sheet protectors that was put together by offensive coordinator Scott Dieterich. High blood pressure issues sent Dieterich to a Baton Rouge hospital Saturday morning. Dieterich missed the game, but was resting at home Saturday night.
Offensive line coach Matt Shelton took over the offensive coordinator duties using the option offense script Dieterich left behind. Bozeman was the virtuoso who executed it.
“I think Bozeman was the difference in the game,” Notre Dame’s Cook said. “The decisions that he made and the way he passed and ran it. He knew when to pitch the ball.”
Parkview outscored Notre Dame 21-0 in the second quarter to take control. But the Pioneers scored first.
Notre Dame drove nine plays for a TD on its second possession. Brad Stoma completed two big passes — one for 17 yards to Nick Benoit and the other for 36 yards to John Michael Besse.
Besse’s catch gave NDHS a first-and-goal at the PBS 4. Austin Thibodeaux scored on a 2-yard run and Dustin Reiners tacked on the point-after kick to make it 7-0.
Parkview drove to the Notre Dame red zone but Credeur forced a Randolph fumble that was recovered by Caleb Lambousy at the ND 17. PBS got the ball back on a punt and scored on three straight possessions.
Martinez broke loose for a 26-yard gain down the PBS sideline. A personal foul penalty against NDHS gave the Eagles the ball at the ND 20. Two plays later, Randolph bulled his way into the end zone on a 17-yard run. The PAT kick failed leaving Notre Dame with a 7-6 lead with 5:27 to go in the half.
Parkview executed a perfect onside kick with kicker Taylor Black recovering the ball. A 45-yard pass from Bozeman to Randolph set up a 1-yard TD run. Randolph also scored on the two-point conversion, giving PBS a 14-7 lead with 3:51 remaining.
After the Parkview defense forced another Notre Dame punt, the Eagles came up with another big play — a 13-yard scoring pass from Bozeman to Seth Shah with 35 seconds left. Black’s PAT kick made it 21-7.
Then Parkview got the first big play of the second half. Michael Tarwater blocked a Reiners punt. Again, the Eagles capitalized, driving 31 yards in nine plays. Bozeman scored a 1-yard run to up the PBS lead to 28-7 with 5:19 left in the third quarter.
Another NDHS turnover — an interception by Hunter Brian — gave Parkview another short field to drive for a TD. This time, Bozeman scored on a 3-yard run, making it 35-7 with 3:01 still left in the third quarter.
Bozeman and the Eagles added one more score on an 18-play, 86-yard drive that took 11:26 off the clock. This time, Bozeman scored on 15-yard run.