Parker football enters second season’ with a shutout
This one was over by halftime.
Janesville Parker raced to a 28-0 halftime lead en route to a 35-0 Big Eight Conference victory over Madison East on Tuesday night at waterlogged Monterey Stadium.
The game was delayed for about an hour early in the third quarter due to lightning in the area, but by that time, Parker (6-3, 5-3) had already proven its point. The Vikings are ready for the school’s 12th straight WIAA playoff appearance.
“I learned a long time ago never take anything for granted when it comes to the high school football playoffs,” Parker coach Joe Dye said. “That’s why it was important to get a win tonight and assure ourselves a spot on Tuesday.
“I’m proud of our effort tonight, and now this team can concentrate on the second season. We’ll be on the road, but we’re excited about the opportunity.”
The Vikings took advantage of several opportunities in the first half against East (2-7, 2-6). Junior Cody St. Michael set up Parker’s first score with a 46-yard punt return to give the Vikings a first-and-goal at the East 2-yard line. Joe Allen, filling in once again for LaVell Hewlett (hip injury), busted in from a yard out with 10:20 to play in the opening quarter to put the Vikings on the board.
Senior Jacob Fox made it 14-0 on a 19-yard scoring strike from quarterback B.J. Scharenbroch with 6:58 left in the first, and the rout was on. Allen set up the second score with a 48-yard run to the East 23.
Although the offense put up 28 first-half points, Dye said coach Dick Schuh’s defense set the tone. East managed only 169 yards of offense, including a mere 30 on the ground on 24 carries.
“Anytime you can keep a team off the scoreboard in our league, you’ve played pretty well. And that’s what the defense did,” Dye said. “The came out early and made some plays, and the offense was able to feed off of that.
“We got strong play from the defense, good special teams play and a solid effort from the offense.”
Senior linebacker Cameron Hanson pushed the lead to 21-0 with a 37-yard interception return for touchdown with 6:29 to play in the half. East quarterback Drew McAdams wanted to dump the ball off to Devin Murray on a screen pass, but Hanson read the play perfectly and stepped in front of the errant throw.
Parker went into the lockerroom up 28 after Scharenbroch connected with his favorite target—Jared Fox—on a 13-yard touchdown with 39 seconds left in the half.
D’Merius Holbrook concluded the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Although Parker’s playoff opponent is yet to be determined, Dye expects to travel Tuesday night after finishing as the Big Eight’s fifth seed.
“We’ll take our friend Willie Nelson and go on the road again,” Dye said. “My guess is that we’ll end up in Kenosha.
“All I know is that wherever they send us, we’ll be ready.”
PARKER 35, EAST 0
Madison East 0 0 0 0—0
Janesville Parker 14 14 0 7—35
Scoring summary: P—Joe Allen, 1 run (Travis Wood kick). P—Jacob Fox, 19 pass from B.J. Scharenbroch (Wood kick). P—Cameron Hanson, 37 interception return (Wood kick). P—Jared Fox, 13 pass from Scharenbroch (Wood kick). P—D’Merius Holbrook, 8 run (Wood kick).
Statistics: First downs—E 8, P 10. Rushes—E 24-30, P 29-86. Yards passing—E 139, P 71. Passes—E 36-16-2, P 15-6-1. Fumbles—E 2-0, P 2-0. Penalties—E 8-65, P 3-20.
Game at a glance
The play: Parker’s Cameron Hanson returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown.
The player: D’Merius Holbrook rushed for a touchdown and helped the defense shut out the Purgolders.
The quote: “Our defense set the tone right away.”—Parker coach Joe Dye.
The significance: Parker (6-3) clinched a WIAA playoff berth.
The agenda: The Vikings play Tuesday night in a Division 1 opener.
Final Big Eight standings
Msn La Follette 7-1, 8-1
Sun Prairie 7-1, 8-1
Parker 5-3, 6-3
Middleton 5-3, 6-3
Craig 5-3, 5-4
Msn West 2-6, 3-6
Msn East 2-6, 2-7
Msn Memorial 2-6, 2-7
Bel Memorial 1-7, 2-7
Janesville Parker 35, Madison East 0
Stevens Point 28, Janesville Craig 14 (NC)
Madison La Follette 36, Beloit Memorial 0
Sun Prairie 35, Madison West 21
Middleton 44, Madison Memorial 18