Parkview Baptist making long northern trek

With three state championships glimmering in the school’s trophy case since 2001, Parkview Baptist has a program built for the long haul.

In order to compete for a fourth such title, the Eagles will have to make their longest postseason road trip in nine years.

When top-seeded Parkview (10-0) makes its sixth consecutive Class 3A state quarterfinal appearance on Friday they’ll do so against No. 9 North DeSoto — which is south of Shreveport in the community of Stonewall. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“We’re used to taking road trips this time of the year but normally not this far,” said Parkview coach Kenny Guillot, a Shreveport native. “We usually try and make one or two road trips in the preseason to hopefully get us going in case we have to make a road trip in the playoffs. We’ve got an experienced group of kids, and I think they’ll handle the trip well.”

Parkview’s District 6-3A counterpart East Feliciana faces a similar challenge with a four-hour trip to Union Parish when the No. 22 Tigers (7-3) face No. 14 Farmerville in a rematch of last year’s first-round thriller.

East Feliciana, then a No. 32 seed, pushed No. 1 Farmerville to the limit before dropping a 28-26 heartbreaker.

“We have some familiarity with traveling that far and having to play a game,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “They are a real good team. We have to go and play but it’s a familiar foe, and we played them pretty good. They just happened to come out on top.”

No. 5 Livonia (10-2) gets to celebrate its first Class 3A regional victory with a home quarterfinal appearance against No. 13 Jennings (9-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.

“You wonder how they’re going to react since they’ve never practiced on Thanksgiving before,” Livonia coach David Brewerton said. “I’ve been telling them for six years it’s the most wonderful feeling in the world. It’s just the players and coaches on campus. It’s quiet, and you get a lot of work done because there are no distractions.”

PARKVIEW AT NORTH DESOTO: Parkview already had the blueprint in place to follow in last week’s 32-28 comeback regional win over Brusly.

In the fourth week of the regular season the Eagles drove 80 yards in 12 plays with Erik Martinez scoring the game-winning touchdown in a 39-34 victory over Catholic High, a Class 5A state quarterfinalist.

Parkview showed its mettle against Brusly, overcoming deficits of 21-10 and 28-18 with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, the game-winner coming on Hezekiah Randolph’s 10-yard run.

“It helps the overall psyche of the team that they’re never out of it,” Guillot said. “I think this gives you a mindset that as long as there’s time on the clock we got a shot. That helps you in a tight ballgame.”

Randolph leads Parkview with 1,094 yards and 18 TDs on 117 carries while quarterback Brennan Bozeman has completed 52 of 83 passes for 946 yards with 15 TDs and one interception.

EAST FELICANA AT FARMERVILLE: East Feliciana is riding the crest of a five-game win streak where the Tigers have averaged 36 points a game, including last week’s 39-10 home regional victory over No. 6 Rayne.

Sophomore Corey Hawkins, who made his debut in last year’s first-round loss to Farmerville, has completed 75 of 140 passes for 1,264 yards, 14 TDs and three interceptions while senior Kendell Beckwith, who alternates at quarterback, has thrown for 1,005 yards and 11 TDs.

Danny Johnson Jr. is the team’s leading receiver with 44 catches for 860 yards and 10 TDs.

“I think we’re in a much better place right now,” Anderson said. “Last year we were a No. 32 seed going to play No. 1. This year we have two playoff games under our belt and some experience.”

JENNINGS AT LIVONIA: Both teams are red hot, each having won their past five games and advancing with exciting regional finishes.

Jennings, which lost in last year’s quarterfinals to Marksville, withstood a failed two-point attempt in the fourth quarter for a 20-19 upset of fourth-seeded Loranger.

Livonia had its 10-point third-quarter lead cut to two in the fourth quarter only to answer with a second kickoff return for a touchdown — the second one from Darius Hammond — to hold off determined Port
Allen, 30-22.

Quarterback Ben Todd has thrown for 1,205 yards (57 of 111) and 12 TDs and running back Russell Farris (104-925, 11 TDs) is closing in on a 1,000-yard season. Senior tight end Brandon Armand leads the Wildcats with 29 catches for 864 yards and six TDs.

“It’s a huge achievement that we’ve accomplished so far, but we absolutely can’t get complacent at this point and be satisfied,” Brewerton said. “We have to continue to work and do the things we do to be successful.”