Parker rolls over West, gets set for first-place showdown
The Vikings, following Friday night’s 35-14 dismantling of Madison West, have filled up on five Big Eight Conference opponents with a combined record of 5-20.
Next up, the main course. Starting with a match-up at unbeaten Verona next Friday, which will be a battle for the undisputed Big Eight lead, Parker’s next three opponents are a combined 13-2.
“I think we’re playing better each week, and I know one thing. We’re going to be ready for for next week,” Parker coach Joe Dye. “We’re doing a good job of distributing the football and getting other kids involved.”
Everybody seemed to get into the act against West (0-5). Erik Albeck accounted for three Parker scores with a 49-yard punt return, a 29-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Franklin and a 15-yard scoring run off of misdirection.
Senior tailback Adam Vesterfelt, who remains the focal point of the offense but hasn’t had to carry such a heavy load the last couple of weeks, scored once and finished with 161 yards on the ground.
As fluent as Parker (5-0) was on offense, the defense was just as effective. Coach Dick Schuh’s first-string players kept the Regents off the scoreboard and were six minutes away from posting the second shutout in the last three games. West scored twice in the last six minutes against the Parker reserves.
The Regents were anemic on offense. They had two first downs in the first half, including one on a blocked punt, and finished with only 156 yards of total offense.
Parker jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on Hunter Marshall’s 23-yard run and Albeck’s 15-yard scamper with 1:57 left.
Vesterfelt made it 21-0 on a 10-yard run midway through the second period before Albeck found Franklin in the back of the end zone on a perfectly executed double-reverse pass.
“We know Adam is going to get a lot of attention, and he should, but that’s why it’s so important to get other kids involved,” Dye said. “It’s not going to be a one-man show for us, especially on the road.
“And our defense came to play tonight. That’s just as important heading into next week.”
PARKER 35, WEST 14
Madison West 0 0 0 14—14
Janesville Parker 14 14 7 0—35
Scoring summary: JP—Hunter Marshall, 23 run (Cullin Simonson kick). JP—Erik Albeck, 15 run (Simonson kick). JP—Adam Vesterfelt, 10 run (Simonson kick). JP—Vernon Franklin, 29 pass from Albeck (Simonson kick). JP—Albeck, 49 punt return (Simonson kick). MW—Cordell Bullock, 52 pass from Alex Brown (Vivek Ramakrishnan kick). MW—Malcolm Wilson, 2 run (Ramakrishnan kick).
Statistics: First downs—MW 6, JP 14. Rushes—MW 40-98, JP 34-240. Yards passing—MW 58, JP 49. Passes—MW 18-3-1, JP 9-4-0. Fumbles—MW 4-0, P 3-3. Penalties—MW 9-91, JP 6-41.