Saturday, August 25, 2012

Parklane smothers Oak Forest on the road
Southern Sports & Travel
The past four meetings between Parklane and Oak Forest have been must see football with the two squads splitting those games by a combined 9 points. On Friday night the Parklane Pioneers made the 40 mile trek south on I-55 to Amite to battle an Oak Forest team coming off an impressive season opening win on the road against Class AAA Copiah.
In a matchup that many suggested would be another classic between the two ultimately resulted in a Parklane 26-0 hammering of Oak Forest fueled by the play of quarterback Brady Lea and a smothering, hard hitting defense that limited Oak Forest to 53 total yards in the first half of play.
Lea, a 5’11” 175 lb. junior, completed 6 of 8 passes for 108 yards and rushed for 126 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns in helping Parklane start the 2012 season at 2-0 heading into next week’s huge showdown at Centreville.
Parklane’s defense set the tone early as they quickly forced the Oak Forest offense into a three and out on the opening possession of the contest.
Parklane went to work on their opening offensive possession and quickly threatened to take an early lead. Brady Lea’s 13 yard hook-up with Zach Stutzman at the Yellow Jacket 9 yard line set the Pioneers up with an opportunity to complete the six play drive with a score but a first and goal fumble was recovered by Oak Forest defensive lineman Daniel Henderson at the Jacket 18 yard line four minutes into the game to halt the Pioneer drive.
Oak Forest seemed eager to capitalize on the Parklane turnover but after collecting two first downs the Jackets stalled on their own 48 yard line and were forced to punt.
Parklane took over at the Pioneer 31 yard line following an Austin Lee 21 yard punt and began winning the battle in the trenches.
The Pioneers capped a seven play, 69 yard drive on the first play of the second quarter as senior tailback Taylor Burt took an option pitch from Brady Lea and scampered 13 yards seven seconds into the quarter for the first score of the night. Zack McDaniel’s PAT gave Parklane a 7-0 edge at the 11:53 mark of the quarter.
McDaniel’s pooch kick set Oak Forest up at their own 43 yard line but the Jackets managed just one yard on the possession and would quickly give the football back to a Parklane offense that was getting primed as the game wore on.
Brady Lea connected with wide-out Justin Brent for a 35 yard first down strike to the Oak Forest 41 yard line and that was followed by two Joseph Clark carries that advanced the football to the Jacket 29.
Four plays later Clark polished off the seven play, 76 yard drive with a 4 yard burst to give Parklane a 13-0 advantage with 7:45 remaining in the half.
The Oak Forest offense struggled to find holes in the Pioneer defense and compounded the issue with a fumbled snap that Parklane defensive lineman Tyler Stutzman recovered at the Oak Forest 23 yard line with just over three minutes left in the half.
Parklane quickly cashed in on a Brady Lea 20 yard bolt on second down with 2:36 left in the half to give the Pioneers a 19-0 cushion, one they would take into halftime.
Parklane would close the door midway through the third quarter.
Oak Forest relinquished prime field position at the Parklane 41 yard line when Pioneer linebacker Dylan Barnes recovered a fumble in the Yellow Jacket backfield at the 7:52 mark of the third quarter.
Parklane put the game out of reach as quarterback Brady Lea darted through the middle of the Oak Forest defense 53 yards on third down  to extend the Pioneer lead to 25-0 with 6:07 left in the quarter. McDaniel’s PAT provided what would be the final score of 26-0.
With the win Parklane, under first year head coach Mike Powell, improves to 2-0 and will travel to Centreville next Friday to battle the Tigers. Parklane beat Centreville 21-6 last season in McComb and the Pioneers have won 8 of the past 9 meetings between the two.
Oak Forest falls to 1-1 and will make the trip to Decatur, Mississippi next week to take on a Newton Academy squad coming off a 12-0 win over Wayne.
Post Game with Parklane Head Coach Mike Powell


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