Albeck, Parker take it to East
MADISON Erik Albeck and Janesville Parker scored early and often Friday night.
Parker High scored 20 points in each of the first two quarters to put away Madison East 40-0 by halftime before securing the 47-8 victory that kept the Vikings in a tie atop the Big Eight football standings.
Albeck scored the opening touchdown on a 34-yard reverse, then added 28- and 25-yard touchdown receptions in the second quarter to help the Vikings pull away.
“It was a team effort,” said Albeck, who also set up a touchdown drive with an interception and a 54-yard return and had a punt return for a touchdown called back. “We’re hungry, and we want a conference championship.”
Parker certainly is headed in the right direction. While dropping East to 1-3, the Vikings improved to 4-0 and kept pace with defending co-champions Middleton and Verona.
Albeck’s first touchdown came on reverse hand-off from tailback Adam Vesterfelt, which Albeck took around the right end for the score less than three minutes into the game. Two plays later, Parker’s Tyler Brooks picked up an East fumble, which set the Vikings’ next touchdown, which was scored by Vesterfelt on a toss play around the right end from 10 yards out.
After forcing a three-and-out, it took only five plays for Parker to put the game out of reach. Decker Thompson followed up a 29-yard run by Vesterfelt with a 34-yard pass to Vernon Franklin for the third Parker touchdown of the opening quarter. Thompson pump-faked before lofting the pass to the wide open Franklin down the sideline.
Thompson struck for two more touchdown passes in the second quarter. The first came after a play-action fake before connecting with Albeck for a 28-yard score, followed by a 25-yard strike to Albeck on the next possession to push the lead to 34-0.
“Teams are keying on Vesterfelt, and other people are stepping up,” said Albeck, who finished with four catches for 84 yards and two interceptions.
Thompson completed six of his eight passes, with three resulting in touchdowns for 122 yards. Vesterfelt added 120 yards rushing on 15 carries, pushing his season total to 824 yards.
“I’m really pleased because I thought we really distributed the football really well,” Parker coach Joe Dye said. “Adam did not have a lot of carries, and we were still pretty productive.’’
Dye added: “Decker really made some solid throws.”
Which has Parker in first place in the conference, with plans on staying there.
“We are going to show teams that we are a big team and a team to be reckoned with,” Albeck said.
PARKER 47, EAST 8
Janesville Parker 20 20 7 0—47
Madison East 0 0 0 8—8
Scoring summary: JP—Erik Albeck, 34 run (Cullin Simonson kick). JP—Adam Vesterfelt, 10 run (Simonson kick). JP—Vernon Franklin, 34 pass from Decker Thompson (Simonson kick). JP—Albeck, 28 pass from Thompson (Simonson kick). JP— Albeck, 25 pass from Thompson (Simonson kick). JP—Hunter Marshall, 1 run (Simonson kick). JP— Adam Vesterfelt, 9 run (Simonson kick). ME—Tyrone Galvin, 55 run (Kyle Sands run).
Statistics: First downs—JP 18, ME 6. Rushing—JP 33-263, ME 20-89. Yards passing—JP 130, ME 54. Passes—JP 6-8-1, ME 7-17-2. Fumbles—JP 1-1, ME 4-2. Penalties—JP 10-85, ME 6-40.