PHS defeats Galena 28-14
by Anthony Cook
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GALENA — It's been said Parsons is a fraud, that its work in 2011 is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

It might be time to take the Vikings seriously.

Parsons High School improved to 5-1 and guaranteed itself an above .500 season for the first time since 2004 with Friday’s 28-14 victory over Galena (4-2).

The two teams met in what was thought to be a clash of styles. Parsons entered with speed at every position while Galena has become known as a power football team that physically dominates teams.

Indeed, Parsons showed off its speed Friday, but it proved to be as physical, and more, than the home Bulldogs.

Parsons ran for 312 yards, including 220 in the second half, and limited Galena to 151 yards on the ground.

Although Galena had success at times up the middle of Parsons’ defense, the Vikings limited Galena to no play more than 13 yards on any one rushing play and gave up a long play of just 17 on a pass early in the third quarter.

After defeating the bottom three teams in the Southeast Kansas League and a winless CNC opponent entering the game, the victory over possible CNC champion Galena is a signature win for the 2011 Vikings.

“We had some good drives early but the flags kept setting us back, but the guys were fighting. They played hard for me. I can’t be more proud for a bunch of kids than I am right now for them,” said Parsons head coach David Pitts, who in his first season has eclipsed the total number of Parsons victories in the past three seasons in just six games.

From the start of Friday’s game Parsons was the superior team. The Vikes forced Galena into a quick punt and Parsons marched down the field when senior Wes Krull took the first carry of the game 31 yards downfield.

Krull fumbled on the play but Parsons recovered and the Vikings got a 17-yard gain on a catch from senior James Jackson and Parsons found itself at the goal line.

Galena rallied and eventually blocked a 20-yard field goal from Krull.

Krull got Galena back immediately when he picked of Galena quarterback Nick Sivert’s pass on the next play.

Parsons had the ball with just 30 yards to go for the first lead of the night but the Vikes committed a few key penalties to set up second and long and the Vikings eventually turned the ball over.

Much of the remainder of the half went the same way, with one team putting together a first down or two before the other stepped up and made a stand.

That changed in the second quarter when Parsons broke a scoreless tie on a one-yard plunge from senior Joel Collins.

The run capped off an 11-play, 80-yard drive by Parsons that ate up four minutes and change and Parsons led 7-0 with 5:32 to go in the second.

Galena took advantage of a nice kickoff return and answered with a 14-play, 61-yard drive of its own that ended with a fourth and one conversion for the score with 15 seconds remaining.

Galena opted to go for the two-point conversion and after senior Tylor Albright waltzed into the end zone the Bulldogs led 8-7 at the half in a game they’d controlled from the start.

The second half started out well for Parsons when Krull returned a ball to the Parsons 39, but he came up limping on the play and was bothered by cramps the rest of the night.

Momentum appeared to swing when a Parsons’ punt was tipped and went for only 17 yards.

The Bulldogs took over at midfield and went the rest of the way in nine plays.

They completed the play on a nine-yard pass from Sivert to senior tight end Zach Gouglar.

Parsons was able to stop the conversion this time but the Vikings faced a 14-7 deficit.

In the past, things might have unraveled, but not this year.

The next drive Parsons senior James Jackson picked up 20 on a sweep and senior Tevin Johnson 40 yards on a draw play that caught Galena off guard. Suddenly Parsons was down one point, 14-13, with 5:15 to go in the third.

Jackson and Johnson were too difficult of a tandem for Galena to deal with Friday. Jackson had 77 yards on 12 carries, and another 30 on two receptions, while Johnson went for 139 yards on 11 carries and scored two.

He also had a 67-yard touchdown called back in the fourth quarter and picked off two passes.

“I didn’t want to lose this one. Coach said all week it’s about defense and offense and executing. If you go hard in practice it pays off in the game. I want to thank the offense and defense for their effort tonight,” said Johnson.

The Vikings took the lead late in the third after stopping a long Galena drive when senior Thatcher Murdock broke up a long third down pass that would have resulted in a Bulldog first down.

The next drive, Jackson picked up a first down before Johnson scored again, this time on a beautifully executed reverse that went for 66 yards and the score after Johnson cut to the opposite side of the field.

Jackson received a few key blocks on the play. One came from quarterback Craig Beachner 15 yards down field and one came from Steve Jones, who pulled from the guard position and pancaked a Galena defender out of bounds.

For Jones, it was only the second game this year that he’s played as guard.

“I didn’t like it for a second or two,” Jones said of the move to guard. “As I got to play it I started to like it. It’s anything to help the team out.”

Jackson punched the two-point conversion in after Johnson’s score and Parsons went up 21-14 late in the third.

The Vikings began to impose their will on defense against a suddenly winded Galena team that began to turn the ball over and commit costly penalties.

At one point in the fourth quarter the Bulldogs faced a first and 40. They also turned the ball over three times. Two of those came on interceptions from Tevin Johnson and the third came on a fumble recovery from senior Dalton Murdock.

After Galena completed a short pass to Martyn Soriano, Parsons immediately tackled the senior receiver and Murdock picked up the fumble.

Parsons didn’t score on the ensuing drive but after turning the ball over on downs Johnson picked off his first pass of the evening to set up a 19-yard run by Krull that iced the game.

“We are slowly getting better and better. I attribute that to the senior class. They are buying in. They are leaders. I don’t have to handle anything discipline-wise. The kids handle all of that,” said Pitts.

After three years of losing, or having to scrape out wins, the confidence is starting to show for Parsons at the right time.

After being far from sharp execution-wise in a 58-28 win over Southeast the Vikings played their best game of the season from start to finish Friday night.

“We pretty much worked all week on our blocking and perfected everything. I hope what we did tonight carries into Girard,” said Parsons senior lineman Matt Martinez.

As for the team’s confidence, Martinez says it’s coming around.

“We are feeling pretty good after this one,” he added.

NOTES - After passing for 69 yards in the first half Parsons didn't complete a pass in the second half. The Vikings only attempted two passes after attempting six in the first half… Parsons was led in tackling by Thatcher Murdock, with 7.5 tackles. Martinez and senior Ivory Kelly added seven of their own and four were tied with 5.5 total. Kelly and Dalton Murdock each had a sack for the second week in a row.



Friday, Oct. 7

Parsons 28, Galena 14

Parsons 0 7 14 7 — 28

Galena 0 8 6 0 — 14

Scoring summary

Second quarter

PHS - Joel Collins 1 yard run (Wes Krull PAT), 5:32.

GHS - Trenton Little 1 yard run (Tylor Albright 2-pt PAT), :15.4.

Third quarter

GHS - Zach Gougler 16 yard reception from Nick Sivert (2-pt PAT no good), 6:17.

PHS - Tevin Johnson 40 yard run (PAT no good), 5:15.

PHS - Tevin Johnson 66 yard run (James Jackson 2-pt PAT), 1:29.

Fourth quarter

PHS - Wes Krull 19 yard run (Wes Krull PAT), 1:38.


Firsts 12 12

Total yards 381 232

Rushes-yds 44-312 44-151

Pass yards 69 81 4.8.0 8.15.3

Punts-yards 2-26 4-27

Penalties-yds 9-75 6-50

Sacks 2 2

Fum-lost 1-0 2-1

T.O.P. 22:47 25:13

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