Mehlville’s Tyrone Clark leads Panthers to 23-3 victory over Parkway South

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Tyrone Clark was a one-man wrecking machine Friday night when he scored two touchdowns on the ground and one in the air in Mehlville Senior High School’s 23-3 win over Parkway South.

Although Clark scorched the Patriots for three touchdowns, Mehlville head coach Eric Meyer was quick to note the play of the Panthers’ offensive line as well as the team’s defensive unit.

“We knew that after Parkway South beat Kirkwood, they would be a good team,” Meyer said. “But I think that the offensive line did an outstanding job and I thought that we played really well defensively.”

The Panthers took a 7-0 lead with 2:46 left in the first quarter when Clark connected with Demond Harris on a six-yard pass.

“We scored on a play-action pass, which is always tough on the defense,” Meyer said. “Tyrone did a real good job on the play fake and threw a nice pass to Demond.”

Parkway South trimmed the Panthers’ lead to 7-3 on a 20-yard field goal by Scott Sommerfeld in the second quarter.

Clark struck again for the Panthers on a three-yard touchdown run with 6:04 left in the third quarter.

“I think that Tyrone played really hard,” Meyer said. “He scored on a pass play that was busted up and he knows to turn it and go when that happens. He just wheeled himself in to the end zone,” the coach added.

Mehlville extended its lead to 16-3 when Aaron Alexander nailed a 45-yard field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

“That was Aaron’s first field-goal attempt this year,” Meyer said. “I thought he punted and kicked really well and was also solid defensively for us.”

The Panthers’ final score of the game came with 5:12 left in the fourth quarter when Clark grinded in a one-yard run for his third touchdown of the season.

The Panthers return to the gridiron at 7 p.m. Friday when they play host to Kirkwood.

The Pioneers (1-2, 1-2 Suburban West) are currently on a two-game losing streak in which they dropped a 21-14 decision to Lafayette last week.

“Kirkwood’s an athletic team that gives you a lot of different looks on offense,” Meyer said. “You have to be one your toes and disciplined at all times against them.”