Capitol entered the game a missed tackle away from being undefeated. The Lions had highly touted Southern Lab on the ropes back in week two before a Chad Jones touchdown on a punt return did them in.
PBS Head Coach Kenny Guillot and defensive coordinator Jay Mayet had a new defensive wrinkle to throw at Capitol as they opened the contest with two man defensive front anchored by senior defensive lineman Mason Hitt.
The high powered Capitol passing game would have to pick through a secondary rich with Eagle defenders dropping off in pass coverage.
After a defensive stop, the Eagles put together an impressive opening drive that culminated in two yard dive play to sophomore running back Brant Legendre. Devin Ducote added the point after to stake the home standing Eagles to a 7-0 lead.
Following a trade of possessions, Parkview got on the move again behind the option play of senior quarterback Hunter Decell. Decell made great reads most of the night and a nifty run behind the offensive right side by Legendre once again had Parkview up 14-0.
Capitol would then strike back thanks in large part to swing passes and the legs of senior quarterback Dajuan Thigpen. Thigpen was hurried most of the night and did his best to scramble for positive yardage when plays broke down.
A Thigpen tuck and run moved the ball inside the Parkview ten yard line where on the next play senior tailback Troi Jackson did the honors on a well designed counter.
With the momentum beginning to shift, Parkview put together one of their more impressive drives of the night. After a measurement on a key third down at the Capitol twelve yard line, which took the officials nearly a full minute to measure, Ducell took the first down snap and scampered into the Capitol end zone to give the Eagles command of the contest as well as a 21-6 halftime lead.
Capitol moved the ball at times between the twenties in the second half, but on nearly every passing down Mason Hitt would fight through double and triple teams to pressure the pass. Unofficially, Hitt recorded three solo tackles, two assists, a forced fumble, a sack and seven quarterback hurries. He clearly disrupted the Lions’ offensive set.
The Lions had a defensive star of their own. Tonight’s contest was a coming out party of sorts for junior defensive end Lamar Wallace. Unofficially, Wallace recorded ten tackles, four assists and recovered a fumble. The 6’4’’, 265 pounder is certainly a name to remember.
Parkview was able to prevent Capitol’s homerun threat, Dave Clark, from getting on track. Clark had a couple of catches, but was bottled up and clearly frustrated most of the evening. Clark had a hand in several defensive plays, took on the punting duties and made a year-end highlight reel worthy block on a punt return.
The Eagles closed out the night's scoring with a sixteen yard dagger from Hunter Ducell to junior Jeffrey Stewart. Ducote added his fourth point after to bring the final score to 28-6.
Parkview Baptist has been an LSU stronghold in the past producing current Tigers Max Holmes, Derry Beckwith and Lyle Hitt. The Eagles top collegiate prospect for the 2007 signing class, Mason Hitt, appears to be headed elsewhere.
Since the fall contact period has begun Mason has received calls from Southern Illinois, Arkansas State and Southern Miss. To date, Mason has not collected an offer, but one could soon be forthcoming. There is a lot of season left and Hitt very well could play himself into more options.