Parkway Central powers into STATE Semifinals – Bob Ryan Blog – Class 5 FB

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The Parkway Central Colts (12-1) upended the Camdenton Lakers(10-2)  23-13 to advance to the Class 5 STATE Semifinal game against Webster Groves next week. The Colts generally ran inside the tackles and often used the “double fridge” backfield of 6-3, 265 Michael Slater and 6-3, 280 Khalen Saunders to muscle their way for yardage. Using not only bulk and strength, these two repeatedly used athletic jumps over defenders, sharp cuts and plenty of a big heart along with their big bodies.

After forcing a Laker punt on the first possession of the game, Colt Augie Brooks raced down with the punt to the 19 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Brooks bolted through an alley on a toss play to put Central on top 7-0 at the 8:57 mark of the first quarter. Camdenton came right back. Marching down the field in a 5:00+ minute, 12 play drive, Josh Martin plowed it over from 1 yard out and with the PAT we were tied 7-7. The scoring kept coming! After moving the ball for 10 plays, including a beautiful screen pass to Johathan Bonner for 14 yards and 1st down, Central stalled and Jake Lazenby drilled a 31 yard FG through the uprights at the 10:19 mark of the 2nd period—now 10-7 Parkway Central. The Lakers went 3 and out in their next possession. Parkway Central moved the ball for another 5 minute drive but penalties halted the drive. The cross field punt into the strong gusty wind   (at the moment) resulted in a -4 yard punt! Camdenton could not take advantage as three consecutive passes fell incomplete. The score at half was 10-7 Parkway Central.

Neither team could move the ball in the 3rd quarter. A booming 62 yard punt, aided by the wind, drove the Lakers back to their own 14 yard line early in the 4th. On the 3rd play, a Bo Dean pass was intercepted by Parkway Central Johnny Naughton (his 8th of the year!). Three plays later, Jake Lazenby quarterback sneaked it over from 1 yard out but his PAT attempt was blocked. Now it was 16-7 Central. Camdenton came right back and assembled a 7 play, 65 yard drive that concluded with a leaping catch in the end zone by Kellen Carlock of an 18 yard pass from Bo Dean. Dean and Josh Martin had used some option pass for nice yardage while moving down the field. This PAT attempt was also BLOCKED, scoreboard read 16-13 Central now with 5:40 remaining in the game.

Everyone in the stadium and listening to Prepcasts at home knew what was coming now. It would be a battle for time. PC wanted to run and chew up time, Camdenton wanted a short series since they were only 1 score behind. The Lakers crammed the LOS with 8-9-10 men. Central went to a backfield that had seem progressively more time in the backfield as the game unfolded–6-3, 265 Michael Slater and 6-3, 280 Khalen Saunders. Powering their way through this loaded defensive line, these two BIG pounded out 3 first downs on 7 plays. Saunders broke several tackles, carried along a few more on the 7th play to take it all the way down to the 1 yard line. He was rewarded by Coach Mark Goldenberg by getting the chance to punch into in for the score at the 1:51 mark. With the conversion, it was 23-13. Camdenton kept fighting but finally time ran out with Central on top 23-13. For their spectacular running AND starting and playing on the defensive line all day,  Khalen Saunders was names the Lions Choice Player of the Game and Michael Slater the Custom Graphics Standout Player of the Game. Other key players in the game:  Camdenton—Kellen Carlock (his excellent pass receiving) and Brendan Babbs for his defensive work; Parkway Central-Augie Brooks (rushed for over 100 yards, PR that set up the 1st score and a TD), Johnny Naughton for his INT and pass reception. Click here for the game

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