Parkway South keeps Tigers from home win

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

Getting that first win in front of a home crowd will have to wait at least another week for the Oakville Senior High School football team, which fell to Parkway South 12-6 Friday night in a tight defensive matchup.

Both teams had momentum coming into the game. The Tigers were coming off their first win of the season and carrying a .500 average with just two games played.

They were looking to improve on that, but couldn’t move past Parkway, which had won both of its first two matchups and kept the torch lit with Friday’s victory.

Parkway South opened the scoring in the second quarter with a touchdown carried in by Eric Laurent. That was all the scoring fans would see until Parkway’s Tarrell Bland added another after an interception with 5:24 left in the game.

The Tigers brought one back down the field on the next drive by receiver Jaron Henderson, who scored that lone touchdown for Oakville on a 42-yard pass from Andy Oliver. That gave the Tigers six points with 4:04 left on the clock in the game as they couldn’t capitalize on the extra point.

Oakville head coach Arlee Conners said even though his troops played hard and put up a solid defense, the Tigers failed to capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

“It was very unfortunate that we could not execute our game plan,” Conners said. “I thought we played good defense. The defense played on the field most of the game and they held their own. The offense really never got going for us.”

“On defense, I thought we played solid. They got down in our territory a few times and the defense held. Offensively we didn’t run the ball like we should have,” he added.

The Tigers need that solid defensive play to stop a very potent Mehlville Panthers’ offense Friday night. They will also need to wake up their offense as they will need plenty of points in this classic “Green and Gold” game.

Henderson leads Oakville with three touchdowns and 194 receiving yards along with running back Moe Lagrand, who has 192 rushing yards on the season.

On Friday, the Panthers will look to Chase Brown, who leads the team in scoring with five touchdowns and 358 yards rushing.

“It’s going to be a tough game definitely going against our rival and I think we are both going into the game knowing that we can both play better …,” Conners said. “The team that wants it the most is the team that’s going to win it.”