FOOTBALL

Parkway running back tops 260 yards in win vs. Southwood

Shawn C. White
Special to The Times

The Parkway Panthers steamrolled the Southwood Cowboys, 49-27, at Preston Crownover Stadium on Thursday night.  

The Panthers' offense collected 426 yards of total offense against the Cowboys. Jaylan White piled up 261 rushing yards with three touchdowns for the night.

"The O-Line were blocking well for me," White said. "I was hitting the holes hard. The receivers were getting their blocks. I just did my part. "

Brady Norcross had the big plays when needed as he scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) for Parkway.

"We played OK at times," Parkway Coach Coy Brotherton said. "Defense, we need more stops. We had a hard time tackling that young man (Southwood quarterback Devin Williams). He ran all over us tonight. We just got to do a little better on defense and make some tackles. Offensively, I'm proud of how our offensive line played tonight. I'm proud of how Jaylan White ran. He was able to hit those shots when we needed them.   We had two big passes for plays and that helped." 

Parkway's Jaylan White had a monster game vs. Southwood on Friday.

Parkway did have to survive Williams, who kept the Panthers on their toes with 150 rushing yards including three touchdowns.  

Southwood showed this was not going to be an easy game with the very first play, when the Cowboys recovered an onside kick on the Parkway 24. Five plays later, Joshua Ware scored on a 3-yard touchdown run.

Parkway returned the favor when White broke up the middle to make the 13-yard touchdown. Williams scored his first touchdown on a 24-yard run to take the lead. The lead lasted 15 seconds as Dariusz Patterson returned the kickoff for an 86-yard touchdown.  

Parkway struck again with a 20-yard pass from Cannon Link to Brady Norcross to take the lead. The feisty Cowboys took a 10 play drive to the Parkway 8 and Williams collected his second touchdown with 21 seconds remaining in the half to tie the game at 21.

The Panthers clicked in the third quarter. The defense held Southwood to only 37 yards offense and forced three punts. Parkway went on the ground attack behind Norcross and White for 153 yards. White had 113 yards and made the statement with the 61-yard touchdown run in the closing minute of the third quarter to widen the lead to two scores.

Southwood tried to close in behind another Williams touchdown, but the Parkway duo added to the lead.

This was the third consecutive win for the Panthers who have clawed their way back to a 3-4 record after starting 0-4. Parkway was sitting at No. 40 in the recent power rankings, outside the elusive top 32 that make the playoffs.  

The win tonight makes the "Brotherton Bowl" between Parkway's Brotherton and Haughton's Jason Brotherton next week for more than just bragging rights in the upcoming holidays. It could allow an entrance for the Panthers into the playoffs.  

"Our playoff run started three weeks ago," Brotherton said. "We knew every week from then on out,  this was a playoff. If we lose, it's gonna be hard to get in. We are ready for next week. We'll get the extra day off and try to heal. Hopefully, be ready to go into Haughton next week and break that win streak."