In a highly anticipated matchup between two Class 3A teams, No. 2 University travels to No. 6 Parkview Baptist to highlight Friday’s high school football schedule.
University (5-0) and Parkview (4-1) are both 2-0 in District 7-3A. University moved up to Class 3A this season. Parkview has won two Class 3A state titles since 2010 and University has dominated its five foes.
“We were just watching some film of University and we were trying to figure out where their weakness is,” Parkview coach Kenny Guillot said. “We couldn’t find one.
“They’re a solid team with great players. I think they’re more talented than Catholic High. They’ve got good skill players, good-looking linemen and a defense that is playing well.”
“Everybody is pretty excited about this game,” University coach Chad Mahaffey said. “We know Parkview will be a tough challenge. Parkview has a good ground game and a defense that is physical and aggressive. We’ll try to execute as best we can.”
Parkview and University have one common foe at this point of the season. Parkview beat Brusly 27-7 and University beat the Panthers 46-14.
University is averaging 46 points per game and allowing 17 ppg. Parkview lost its season opener 28-6 to Catholic, the 10th-ranked team in Class 5A. Since then, the Eagles have averaged 42.5 ppg and allowed 6.25 ppg.
“Parkview has a unique offense,” Mahaffey said. “Not a lot of schools run the flexbone system. It works.”
Junior running back Nick Brossette, an LSU commitment, has scored 14 touchdowns for the Cubs this season.
“Our kids are doing a good job of responding to our junior quarterback Manny Miles,” Mahaffey said. “He’s got a high-completion percentage for someone who is a first-year starter at QB.”
Quarterback Reggie Hayes leads Parkview’s offense.
“We’re getting a little better each week,” Guillot said. “Our defense is playing very well. We’re trying to be consistent in all three phases of the game. Some say our district is the toughest Class 3A district in the state. We’ll have other challenges this season.”
Elsewhere in 7-3A, Brusly (1-4, 0-2) is at Port Allen (2-3, 1-1) and Glen Oaks (3-2, 0-1) is at West Feliciana (4-1, 1-0).
District 5-5A begins play this week. Catholic (4-1) tests St. Amant (4-1) at The Pit, Woodlawn (3-2) is at Dutchtown (4-1) and McKinley (2-3) is at East Ascension (5-0).
“It’s our district opener, we’re playing Catholic High and it’s at The Pitt; it doesn’t get any better than that,” St. Amant coach David Oliver said. “We expect an outstanding battle. Catholic’s defense is very good and will pose a big challenge for our offense.”
St. Amant has won four straight and allowed just 28 points in that span. The Gators are averaging 33.6 ppg. Catholic’s defense has held two foes to six points with one shutout.
“We’re starting to really play well,” Oliver said.
Live Oak (2-3, 0-2) plays at Broadmoor (3-2, 1-1) and Scotlandville (3-1, 1-1) is at Walker (2-3, 0-1) in District 4-5A games Thursday night. In Friday games, Central (4-1, 1-0) is at Denham Springs (3-2, 2-0) and Zachary (3-2, 1-1) is at Plaquemine (4-1, 0-0 in District 6-4A).