Parker throttles Beloit
Those weapons were non-existent in the Big Eight Conference opener against Janesville Parker.
The Viking defense stuffed everything the Purple Knights threw at them, including speedster Tha Trinh, en route to a 28-6 victory.
Parker jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and held Beloit to a total of 10 yards of offense the first half. After three quarters, Beloit had more yards in penalties (33) than from scrimmage (24).
Parker coach Joe Dye was nervous heading into the opener with a slew of players seeing their first extensive varsity action, but was elated with the way his team responded.
“Our defense carried us the first half, and it should have because we have more experience on that side of the ball,” Dye said. “We were a little wide-eyed early, but I thought we settled down after that and started to control the line of scrimmage.
“It’s kind of like when the new Madden game comes out and everybody goes out and buys it,” Dye said of the EA Sports video game. “It’s a new challenge and it plays faster than you’re capable of playing. That’s kind of where we are at right now.”
The Vikings started early on the Purple Knights. On its second possession, LaVell Hewlett raced in from three yards out to put Parker on the board with 1:02 left in the opening quarter. Hewlett made it 14-0 with 2:56 left in the half on a 10-yard scamper as Beloit had no answer for Parker’s one-two punch of Hewlett and fullback Tyler Kartman.
Parker had 134 yards rushing the first half and that was despite four carries for minus-32 yards.
Defensively, the Vikings stymied a Beloit offense that had a number of skill players but a lack of depth or size up front. Beloit’s first three rushes resulted in a loss of seven, one and eight yards.
When the Purple Knights tried to pass, coach Dick Schuh’s defense clamped down. Beloit completed only three passes the entire game for 26 yards.
“I don’t think there’s any secret that we take a lot of pride in our defense,” Dye said. “And our special teams really rose to the challenge tonight. Aaron Eicher kicked the snot out of the ball and we won the field position battle all night.”
Parker quarterback Ryan Shelton, who was a perfect 7-for-7 passing in the second half, found an open Ross Mauermann for a 16-yard scoring play with 7:06 left in the third quarter. Kartman capped off Parker’s scoring with a 2-yard run early in the fourth.
PARKER 28, BELOIT 6
Janesville Parker 7 7 7 7—28
Beloit Memorial 0 0 0 6—6
P—LaVell Hewlett, 3 run (Aaron Eicher kick).
P—Hewlett, 10 run (Eicher kick).
P—Ross Mauermann, 16 pass from Ryan Shelton (Eicher kick).
P—Tyler Kartman, 2 run (Eicher kick). B—Jordan Harris, 9 run (kick blocked).
First downs—Parker 17, Beloit 8. Rushes—Parker 47-207, Beloit 28-85. Yards passing—Parker 64, Beloit 26. Passes—Parker 8-7-0, Beloit 10-3-0. Fumbles—Parker 1-0, Beloit 0-0. Penalties—Parker 6-30, Beloit 6-38.