Injuries hinder Parker in loss to Madison West
JANESVILLE—Not much went right Friday night for Janesville Parker’s football team.
Needing a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, the Vikings fizzled.
Adrien Reilly threw three touchdown passes and Madison West’s defense limited Parker to 136 yards of total offense in a 30-7 Big Eight Conference win at Monterey Stadium.
Parker (2-4) lost starting quarterback Mitch Treinen to an elbow injury early in the game, and sophomore backup Daren Empereur left the field just before halftime in an ambulance after taking a vicious hit on the West sideline. Empereur was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons but was able to move his arms and legs.
West (2-4) jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead and pushed the advantage to 30-0 in the third.
Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said his team had trouble adjusting.
“You obviously don’t plan for something like this,” Skrzypchak said of being down to the fourth quarterback on the depth chart. “But adversity is a part of life, and that’s what we told the team.
“We continued to play hard up until the end, but we were very limited as to what we could do offensively with the injuries we had.”
West was without five starters due to suspensions and injuries but played its most complete game of the season. Reilly, making only his second start, finished with 250 yards passing and three touchdowns. Terrell McFadden, who was the starting quarterback before being sidelined by a concussion two weeks ago, returned to the lineup as a wide receiver and caught a 63-yard scoring pass to make it 13-0 on the first play of the second quarter.
Christian Graf caught Reilly’s third touchdown pass of the game to make it 23-0 with 8:31 left in the third.
Parker had only four first downs and 75 yards of offense midway through the fourth quarter. Three different Viking quarterbacks threw interceptions as the passing game remains on life support. Parker finished with 11 yards passing.
Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins, who came into the game as the second-leading rusher in the Big Eight, scored on a 20-yard run with 3:19 to play as the Vikings avoided the shutout.
“We did the best we could with what we had,” Skrzypchak said. “Injuries are part of the game.
“Now it’s a matter of getting back to work on Monday and seeing where we’re at as far as some of the injuries, and who we’re going to have healthy moving forward.”
WEST 30, PARKER 7
Madison West 7 9 14 0—30
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 7—7
Scoring summary: W—Greg Wright, 9 pass from Adrien Reilly (Peter Stabe kick). W—Terrell McFadden, 63 pass from Reilly (kick failed). W—Field goal, Stabe, 20. W—Christian Graf, 45 pass from Reilly (Stabe kick). W—Finley Nahn, 5 run (Stabe kick). P—Dai-Von Vance Jenkins, 20 run (Billy Phalin kick).
Statistics: First downs—W 12, P 8. Rushes—W 40-41, P 38-125. Yards passing—W 250, P 11. Passes—W 14-9-0, P10-5-3. Fumbles—W 4-1, P 3-1. Penalties—W 4-20, P 4-35.