Verona overwhelms Parker in Big Eight football
All that talking seemed to work, as Richardson’s Wildcats rebounded from last week’s 34-16 loss at Middleton with an impressive 42-0 win over Janesville Parker here Friday night.
The victory kept Verona a game off the pace in the Big Eight Conference standings at 4-1, while the Vikings dropped to 3-2, both in the conference and overall.
“We learned a lot from last week,” Richardson said. “I almost lost my voice just talking to the kids this week. They thought all was lost, but it was only Week 4.”
The Vikings will need the same encouragement next week to put this game behind them.
Verona scored on the second play from scrimmage to start the rout. Ryan McDonald took a pitch around left end and cut back untouched through the middle of the Parker defense for a 69-yard score.
Later in the opening quarter, quarterback Danny Burns found Brian Woods in the back corner of the end zone for the 14-0 Verona lead.
The final straw came just before halftime. Parker had Verona backed to its 8-yard line, facing third-and-22, when McDonald broke free up the sideline for a 25-yard gain. Six plays later, Burns hit Josh Hainzinger on a slant from the Parker 15 to put the Wildcats ahead 21-0.
“When it was 14-0, we weren’t totally out of it,” Parker coach Joe Dye said. “Then they make a huge, huge run to pick up the first down, and we didn’t tackle very well. They are a better football team right now than we are.”
Parker was outgained 256-64 in the first half, as Verona corralled Parker all-confer- ence running back Adam Vesterfelt. The junior finished with 66 yards on 21 carries.
McDonald led Verona with 160 yards on 11 carries.
Logan Sweeney ended any Parker hopes of the rally. Sweeney returned an interception 33 yards for score just three plays into the third quarter.
After throwing for two touchdowns, Burns ran in a keeper from 45 yards out with 6:13 left in the third quarter for the 35-0 lead and forced a running clock for the rest game.
“I don’t think anybody would ever be happy coming up on the short end of a 42-0 game,” Dye said. “I was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t tackle the ball very well, and we certainly didn’t block very well.
“ Obviously, we didn’t give ourselves a chance in any phase of the game. We’ve got to get better.”
VERONA 42, PARKER 0
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 0—0
Verona 14 7 14 7—42
Scoring summary: V—Ryan McDonald 69 yd run (Nate ray kick); V—Brian Woods 10 yd pass from Danny Burns ( Ray kick); V—Josh Hainzinger 15 yd pass from Burns (Ray Kick); V—Logan Sweeney 33 yd interception return (Ray kick); V—Burns 45 yd run (Ray kick); V—Ray 22 yd pass from Jake Hauser (Ray kick).
Statistics: First downs—P 9, V 16. Rushing—P 36-124, V 33-259. Yards passing—P 30, V 135; Passes—P 9-4-1, V 11-9-0. Fumbles—P 1-1, V 2-0. Penalties—P 2-15, 4-27.