Sun Prairie flexes its muscle against Parker

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John Barry
Friday, October 11, 2013

JANESVILLE—The burning of the V is a longtime Homecoming tradition at Janesville Parker.

The ceremony took place Friday night before the start of the Parker-Sun Prairie game at Monterey Stadium.

As it turns out, that was about all there was to cheer about for Viking fans.

Ryan Curran threw five touchdown passes in the first half as the fourth-ranked and unbeaten Cardinals rolled to a 35-0 Big Eight Conference win.

Parker managed only 40 yards of total offense, 37 of which came on a Dai-Von Vance Jenkins run against the Sun Prairie second-stringers in the fourth quarter. The Vikings had minus–15 yards of offense the first half and zero first downs.

“There’s a reason they’re undefeated and were second in state last year,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said of the Cardinals. “They’re big and physical up front and have excellent skill position players.

“Our kids didn’t quit, and I give them a lot of credit for that, but we just lost to a team that is going to go very far again in the playoffs.”

Sun Prairie (8-0) started the onslaught early. The Cardinals scored less than two minutes into the game on Curran’s 3-yard scoring pass to Tripp Soma. Curran made it 14-0 three minutes later when he hooked up with all-conference receiver Michael Marchese for a 28-yard scoring strike. The lead grew to 21-0 in the first on Soma’s second score of the game—a 32-yard hook-up with Curran.

Parker (2-6) got minus yardage on its first three possessions and had no answer for Sun Prairie’s dominating defensive line. University of Wisconsin recruit Craig Evans (6-3, 310), junior Devin Webster (6-2, 300) and Nick Wewetzer (6-8, 265) made life miserable for the Viking offense.

“They made the plays, and that’s what good football teams do,” Skrzypchak said. “They have the experience, they’re playing well and they have found a way to win close games this year.”

The Vikings now set their sights on crosstown rival Janesville Craig.

“That’s what I told our seniors,” Skrzypchak said. “They have six days to get ready for their last high-school game. And with it being Craig, I don’t have to tell them how important of a game it is.”


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