BOSSIER CITY — Barbe pulled away from Parkway in the second half Friday night for a 45-35 win in a Class 5A quarterfiinal game.
The second-seeded Bucs (12-1) will host perennial power West Monroe (11-2) in a semifinal next week. West Monroe, the No. 3 seed, beat Airline 34-14.
Parkway’s defense picked off Kennon Fontenot three times in the first half. Defensive lineman Antonio McGee also sacked Fontenot on the Barbe 5-yard line. McGee’s big hit forced Fontenot’s throw backward, and Hunter Huckaby recovered for a touchdown that put Parkway up 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.
But Fontenot was able to find receiver Trey Quinn for multiple first-half touchdown passes. The two connected on scoring plays of 12, 5, 57 and 7 yards.
“Our offensive line was giving him time to find me,” Quinn said. “We have a bunch of weapons, and defenses have to key on them all. You can’t just look at one person, and that’s why we’ve played so well all year.”
Parkway didn’t have much trouble finding the end zone in the first half either. In addition to the Panthers’ defensive score, Marcus Harper ran in a 12-yard touchdown, and Brandon Harris had two TD passes — 56 yards to Holden Orgeron and 2 yards to Brodrick Jefferson.
Parkway had the ball to start the third quarter and reached the Barbe 40, but a fumble ended the drive.
The Bucs were determined not to turn it over in the second half. Running back Courtney Galentine carried the ball seven straight times to set up a 1-yard quarterback sneak score from Fontenot that put Barbe up 35-28.
“Courtney is a big time player who makes the big plays,” Quinn said of Galentine, who picked up most of his 138 rushing yards in the second half. “He really leads this team, and I think he’s one of the most underrated running backs in the state.”
Parkway tied the game again with a trick play on their next possession. Harris threw the ball deep to Marquis King, who had been hidden on the sideline and wasn’t in the huddle. King caught the ball, cut between two defenders, and sprinted for a 75-yard touchdown.
Barbe, however, was too much for the Panthers. The Bucs ran nearly 80 plays.
“We try to get to the line fast and run a lot of plays in a little time,” Quinn said. “That’s key to our offense, spread them out and try to beat their athletes.”
Barbe took the lead on a 25-yard field goal near the end of the third quarter. The score came after a 9-yard punt from Parkway set the Buccaneers up with a first down on the Panthers 15.
Galentine scored Barbe’s final points with an 8-yard touchdown run with 7:16 left in the game.
Parkway did have chances to answer late, but a fumble into the end zone gave Barbe a touchback. The Panthers’ final drive ended with a dropped pass inside Barbe’s 10.
“Parkway is a heck of a 5A team,” Quinn said. “If we hadn’t won tonight, I think they would have a good run, just like we are about to have.”
NEW ORLEANS — LaGrange was hoping to make two trips to Big Easy, but the Gators will have to settle for just one tough one.
Holy Cross knocked the Gators out in a Class 4A quarterfinal game at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Tigers defense forced four turnovers, including three second-half interceptions, and the offense racked up 367 yards as sixth-seeded Holy Cross cruised past No. 14 LaGrange.
Holy Cross will make its first state semifinals appearance since 1967 against second-seeded Karr, who knocked off St. Augustine 28-12.
LaGrange (9-4) was led by quarterback Nicholas Pitre who threw for 185 yards including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Robert Leday late in the fourth quarter. Leday had eight catches for 94 yards, but the Gators only rushed for 66 yards after a 451-yard rushing effort versus St. Martinville last week.
“The first half was give and take, but the second half turnovers were costly,” LaGrange Coach Jules Sullen said. “We threw a couple of interceptions, and we just couldn’t get over the hump. Overall, I’m extremely proud of our kids, so we just have to look forward to what’s going on in the future. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished because we hadn’t won a playoff game since 1999 until this year.”
CROWLEY — Iowa’s resurgent season came to a rough end as the Notre Dame defense dominated in a win in a Class 3A quarterfinal.
The Pioneers (11-1) advanced to face East Feliciana in the semifinals. East Feliciana advanced with a 22-16 win over Farmerville.
Notre Dame lived up to its No. 2 seed, holding Iowa (10-3) to 53 yards of offense and three first downs.
The Pioneers scored on offense, defense and special teams, opening the scoring on the last play of the first quarter when Max Venables blocked a punt near the goal line and Sam Veillon recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
“They played really well, they have been here before and it shows,” said Iowa head coach Sean Richard. “We did not really do anything wrong or bad.”
Iowa was playing in the quarterfinals for the first time.
LIVONIA — Amedeo Carbjal kicked a 23-yard field goal in double overtime as the Livonia Wildcats edged the Jennings Bulldogs in a Class 3A quarterfinal game.
Jennings got the ball first in the second overtime but fumbled it away, setting up Carbjal's winning kick. Both teams blocked field goal attempts in the first overtime.
“They have a great football team and we do too,” said Jennings coach Rusty Phelps. “I thought both played teams played their hearts out. I thought it was a great high school football game. I’m very proud of the effort from the players and proud of my coaches. Five weeks ago we were sitting twenty-six in the power ratings and went all the way to thirteen and gave it one heck of a ride.”
Jennings had a chance to win it in regulation. The Bulldogs stopped a Livonia drive at the 3-yard line with 2:03 left in the game. Jennings marched down the field but with 4 seconds on the clock, the Wildcats blocked Seth Cox’s 40-yard field goal attempt to send it to overtime.
The Bulldogs finished with 225 rushing yards and 72 passing yards. Charlie Matte finished with 87 yards on 20 carries and Jaylon Boutte finished with 72 passing yards and 15 rushing yards.
“This is a tough loss to swallow,” Phelps said Phelps. “I’m proud of these players and coaching staff as they played for thirteen weeks as hard as they could. I hate it for our seniors but they gave an outstanding effort. After all we loss this last year to get back to this point I couldn’t be prouder.”
BASILE — It was not the type of ending the Basile Bearcats were hoping for.
Fifth-seeded Kentwood (11-1) scored on six first-half possessions and knocked off Basile (11-2) in a Class 1A quarterfinal game.
Shyheim Carter scored three touchdowns in the first half and finished with 115 yards on just five carries. Carter, who has verbally committed to LSU, scored on runs of 32, 4 and 52 yards.
Quarterback Tavarious Battiste threw for two more scores and ran in another from 41 yards out for Kentwood. Four turnovers hurt the Bearcats' cause.
Kendrick Ceaser led the Basile attack with 64 yards on 14 carries. His lone score came on a 20-yard pass from Trenton Pelloquin. Chazz Swift returned a blocked punt 24 yards for the Bearcats' other score.
Rummel 23, Ouachita Parish 19
Barbe 45, Parkway 35
Mandeville 28, Catholic-Baton Rouge 21
West Monroe 34, Airline 14
Holy Cross 40, LaGrange 8
Karr 28, St. Augustine 12
McDonogh #35 34, Teurlings Catholic 27
Neville 51, Vandebilt Catholic 14
East Feliciana 22, Farmerville 16
Livonia 24, Jennings 21, 2OT
Notre Dame 35, Iowa 0
Parkview Baptist 62, North DeSoto 21
John Curtis 62, Riverside Academy 10
Springfield 34, Many 28
University 19, Calvary Baptist Academy 7
Evangel Christian (10-2) at Carver (8-3), Saturday
Haynesville 34, Westminster Christian 17
Kentwood 47, Basile 14
Ouachita Christian 44, Southern Lab 8
West St. John 41, Vermilion Catholic 20
No. 13 Mandeville (10-2) at No. 1 Rummel (12-0)
No. 3 West Monroe (11-2) at No. 2 Barbe (12-1)
No. 21 McDonogh #35 (8-5) at No. 1 Neville (12-0)
No. 6 Holy Cross (10-2) at No. 2 Karr (12-0)
No. 5 Livonia (11-2) at No. 1 Parkview Baptist (12-0)
No. 2 Notre Dame (11-1) at No. 22 East Feliciana (8-3)
No. 4 Springfield (11-1) at No. 1 John Curtis (12-0)
No. 2 Evangel (10-2)-No. 23 Carver (8-3) winner vs. No. 3 University (12-1)
No. 5 Kentwood (11-1) at No. 1 Ouachita Christian (13-0)
No. 6 West St. John (9-3) at No. 2 Haynesville (10-2)