Parkwood shocks FH, reaches quarterfinals
MARSHVILLE — Parkwood High's football team is in the 2A state quarterfinals.
The Rebels, seeded 16th (or dead last) in the West bracket, surprised Forest Hills on the road 17-7 with a raucous road crowd behind them.
Parkwood (7-6) hasn't been this far in the postseason since 1972, when the program reached the state semfinals.
"We've heard all about the history all week," said Parkwood senior defensive tackle Vincent "Dre" Blake. "We knew how big this game was for our school. The huge crowd we had just got me hyped up even more."
Parkwood held Forest HIlls to three first downs in the second half. On Oct. 18, Forest Hills defeated Parkwood 56-25.
Forest HIlls' only points on Friday came with 42 seconds left in the first half on a 24-yard pass from QB Jared Lee to receiver BJ Ashcraft.
Parkwood got on the board first, scoring on a 3-yard run up the middle by Jorge Martinez with 1:55 left in the second quarter.
Parkwood got the game-winning points with 4.8 seconds left in the half when sophomore Connor Casper converted a 35-yard field goal.
Parkwood added an insurance touchdown with 1:03 left in the game on sophomore Tre Butler's 11-yard run up the gut.
Parkwood will play at Hunter Huss in the state quarterfinals next Friday.
Read more details in Sunday's print edition of The Enquirer-Journal