“Parkview has a good football team, and we knew they were good on defense. Our kids hung in there and fought their tails off, but we came up a little short there in the end,” Raiders coach Rocky Hidalgo said.
Parker McLeod connected with D.J. Smith for a 16-yard touchdown in the first overtime to tie the game again after Shaq Vareen put Parkview (8-3) ahead with a 2-yard rushing score.
Smith gained 14 yards to set the Raiders up with first and goal at the 1-yard line in the second overtime, but they had to settle for a 19-yard Anthony Price field goal after the Panthers defense turned away two rushing attempts, and a Parker McLeod pass to the corner of the end zone fell incomplete.
Justis Rosser then took a toss to the right 15 yards on the Panthers’ first play in the second overtime to seal the victory for visiting Parkview.
“The defense stepped up big in the second overtime stopping (Smith) there on the 1-yard line after he almost scrambled in (for the score),” said Parkview coach Cecil Flowe.
Walton (7-4) held a 7-0 lead through three quarters capitalizing on three turnovers by the Panthers in the first half. The Raiders’ defense continued their strong effort through the third quarter when Colby Billings stopped Rosser for a 6-yard loss, and Zach Williams sacked Rob Youngblood for a 7-yard loss on consecutive plays.
However, the momentum didn’t transfer to the offense as the Raiders were forced to go three-and-out on their next possession.
The Panthers took possession and marched 29 yards on five plays to set themselves up with a second-and-4 at their 48-yard line. Rosser took a handoff to the left side on the ensuing play for a 52-yard score breaking numerous tackles along the way to tie the game 7-7.
The Panthers had a chance to go ahead in regulation with a 34-yard field goal with 3:50 left on the clock, but a botched snap led to a Blake Montz sack and a 12-yard loss. Walton’s ensuing drive stalled and Parkview ran out the clock to send the game to overtime.
“We battled a lot adversity this year. We’re not happy about the way the season ended out here (Friday), but I’m really proud of our kids. We had a thousand opportunities to hang our heads and pack and go home, but we came in and made the most of our season,” Hidalgo said.