Parker loses opener
JANESVILLE Janesville Parker’s football program ushered in the Eric Skrzypchak era Friday night.
Skrzypchak took over the head coaching duties after 13 years as an assistant coach at the school.
Unfortunately for Skrzypchak and the Vikings, Joe Ferguson stole the spotlight.
Ferguson threw for 201 yards and four touchdowns, and added two rushing TDs to lead Madison Memorial to a 45-20 Big Eight Conference win at Monterey Stadium.
Parker fell behind 31-7 at half, managing only 51 yards of total offense while Memorial raced up and down the field behind Ferguson. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior, the grandson of former University of Wisconsin head football coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez, picked Parker’s secondary apart thanks to a wide array of talented receivers. Ferguson completed passes to six different receivers the first half, including two TD passes to Quincy McDowell.
The Vikings’ only offense in
the first half was Paul Jacobson’s 45-yard kickoff return for a TD on a botched onside kick attempt by the Spartans.
Skrzypchak said Parker’s inability to contain Ferguson was evident early on.
“They’re a very athletic team, and it starts with their quarterback,” Skrzypchak said. “He made some big plays with both his arm and his legs, and we just didn’t make enough big plays.
“And turnovers really hurt us. You can’t have four or five, I’m not even sure how many we had, in a game at any level and expect to win.”
Parker fumbled the ball three times, completed only one of nine passes and was intercepted once. The Vikings had only two first downs the first half and finished with only eight for the game.
Parker’s vaunted rushing attack, which has been a staple of the program’s success the last 20 years, was non-existent until late in the game. The Vikings managed only 167 yards on the ground, 43 of which came on Deon Sanders’ touchdown run with 2:14 left to play.
Memorial, which finished 4-5 a year ago, jumped out to a 12-0 lead on back-to-back touchdown runs by Ferguson. Parker sliced the lead to 12-7 on Jacobson’s kickoff return, but Memorial finished the half with a 19-0 run, capped off by Ferguson’s second touchdown pass to McDowell.
Daurice Fountain caught Ferguson’s fourth touchdown pass at 8:42 of the third quarter to make it 38-7. Ferguson played sparingly after that, sitting out all of the fourth quarter.
Parker has little time to regroup with Big Eight powerhouse Middleton next on the schedule.
“Our kids know they have to trust in one another and believe in one another as they continue working hard to get better,” Skrzypchak said. “I have all the confidence that they will do that.”
MEMORIAL 45, PARKER 20
Madison Memorial 6 25 7 7—45
Janesville Parker 0 7 7 6—20
Scoring summary: M—Joe Ferguson, 5 run (kick failed). M—Ferguson, 11 run (run failed). P—Paul Jacobson, 45 kickoff return (Billy Phalin kick). M—Jon Wilkins, 17 pass from Ferguson (pass failed). M—Quincy McDowell, 11 pass from Ferguson (Jeremy Garland kick). M—McDowell, 17 pass from Ferguson (kick failed). M—Daurice Fountain, 31 pass from Ferguson (Garland kick). P—Daivon Vance-Jenkins, 1 run (Pallin kick). M—Brandon Toman, 3 run (Garland kick). P—Deon Sanders, 43 run (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—M 20, P 8. Rushes—M 30-151, P 38-167. Yards passing—M 232, P 11. Passes—M 37-17-0, P 9-1-1. Fumbles—M 2-1, P 3-2. Penalties—M 8-41, P 6-43.
n La Follette 41, East 0—Troy Teigan completed 10 of 13 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns to lead La Follette past visiting East in a Big Eight opener.
Teigan completed scoring passes of 41 and six yards to Casey Lamb. Lamb finished with five catches for 81 yards.
Andre Saunders gained 139 yards on 14 carries, including a 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that completed the scoring.
LA FOLLETTE 41, EAST 0
East 0 0 0 0—0
La Follette 14 21 6 0—41
Scoring summary: LF—Casey Lamb, 41 pass from Teigen (Jenna Smith kick). LF—Dobson, 14 from Teigan (Smith kick). LF—Lamb, 6 pass from Teigen (Smith kick). LF—Woodworth, 27 fumble return (Smith kick). LF—Horne, 3 pass from Teigen (Smith kick). LF—Saunders, 74 run (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—ME 6, MLF 14. Rushes—ME 32-36, LF 29-172. Yards passing—ME 24, LF 150. Passing—ME 15-2-4, MLF 15-10-1. Fumbles—ME 2-2, LF 1-1. Penalties—ME 3-30, MLF 6-40.
n Middleton 48, Beloit 0—The Cardinals raced out to a 48-0 halftime lead and coasted to the Big Eight win.
Jevarious Rockmore rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Middleton offense.