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Image | Bethany Baldwin

Image | Bethany Baldwin

SHREVEPORT – On a day when the Lufkin Panthers’ offense was virtually unstoppable, the Parkway Panthers were even better. Lighting up Independence Stadium to the tune of 818 yards, Parkway took everything Lufkin had to offer then kept swinging away in the fourth quarter, capturing a wild 69-54 decision at the Battle on the Border on Saturday afternoon.

Justin Rogers threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-35 passing and all-everything wide receiver Terrace Marshall caught six passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns against a Lufkin defense that simply had no answers on an overcast Shreveport day.

Robert McKnight added to Parkway’s embarrassment of riches by running for 225 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. He also had six catches for 79 yards.

Those numbers were enough to overshadow Lufkin on a day in which it put up plenty of lofty numbers of their own.

Image | Bethany Baldwin

Image | Bethany Baldwin

Kahlil Brown was nearly unstoppable on the ground for Lufkin with 235 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.

Kordell Rodgers was outstanding as well, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-36 passing with a pair of interceptions. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns.

His top target was Dhailon Phillips, who caught eight passes for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

It was Lufkin’s third loss in as many seasons at the Battle on the Border, all against Louisiana powerhouses. The Panthers dropped games to John Curtis in 2014 and West Monroe in 2015.

The first half featured plenty of fireworks in an opening 24 minutes that featured more than 800 total yards of offense, 62 points and a single punt.
Parkway racked up 444 yards of offense before the break with Rogers throwing for 208 yards and three touchdowns before the break. Robert McKnight added 125 yards and a touchdown on just five carries.

Lufkin was almost as good with Kordell Rodgers throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-19 passing. He also added a three-yard touchdown run of his own.

Brown handled the ground game for the Pack in the first half by running for 129 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Parkway took the opening drive of the game and set the tone for the day by going 80 yards on 12 plays with E.J. Williams hauling in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Rogers for an early 7-0 lead. Lufkin answered with a touchdown of their own with Rodgers running in for a three-yard score to tie it up at 7-7 midway through the opening quarter.

Parkway kept up the pace by going 85 yards on 10 plays on the following drive with Chase Hill scoring on a 35-yard run to regain the lead at 14-7.

Lufkin tied the game for the second time on the following drive when Rodgers eluded a rusher and threw across his body to Dhailon Phillips, who made a 25-yard touchdown catch, knotting the game at 14-14 after the opening quarter.

Parkway appeared to strike back on the next play when Terrace Marshall got behind the defense for an apparent 80-yard touchdown catch, but the play was called back due to a holding.

Lufkin took advantage by making a stop.
The Pack took its first lead of the game on the following drive with Rodgers finding Phillips for a nice 36-yard touchdown pass. The play came just minutes after Phillips had dropped a potential touchdown in the end zone.

It took Parkway less than a minute to answer with Rogers hitting a wide open Marshall for a 37-yard touchdown pass that knotted the game at 21-21 with 9:35 left in the half.

The Panthers drove the length of the field on the following possession before Johnathan Jones made a spectacular interception at his end zone.

The poor field position did little to deter Parkway as McKnight went untouched for a 99-yard touchdown run on the following play for a 28-21 lead.

Parkway tried to put Lufkin away by going for an onside kick on the following play, but Torrand Grisby alertly recovered it to put the offense back on the field.

After the teams exchanged scoreless possessions, Brown went untouched on a 48-yard touchdown run. The extra point was missed, leaving Lufkin in a 28-27 deficit.

Parkway added to its lead just before the half with Hill catching a five-yard touchdown pass from Rogers just before the half for a 35-27 lead.

There wasnt any slowing down in a third quarter in which the teams combined for six touchdowns.

Lufkin received the second-half kickoff and drove 80 yards in nine plays with Brown running in for a nine-yard score that narrowed the gap back to 35-34.

Parkway wasn’t fazed as Marshall hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Rogers before Rogers ran in the two-point conversion to make it 43-34.

Lufkin came back with Javante Ellington hauling in a 10-yard touchdown reception from Rodgers to make it 43-41 with 5:55 still left in the third quarter.

It didn’t take Parkway long to answer as Robert McKnight scored on a 46-yard touchdown run that made it 49-41 after a missed extra point.

Brown got back in on the scoring act on the following drive by scoring on a six-yard run. Lufkin elected to go for two and the tie, but Rodgers was stopped short, leaving the score at 49-47.

Marshall came up with the big play once again as he came up with a 73-yard touchdown reception from Rogers to up the margin to 56-47 after three quarters.

Lufkin kept the offense going on the first play of the fourth quarter with Rodgers scoring on a one-yard run that narrowed the gap to 56-54. However, that was the last time Lufkin found the end zone.

Parkway went to its bag of tricks to get some breathing room again with Rogers lateraling to E.J. Williams, who found a wide open Marshall for his fourth touchdown, this one from 46 yards, making the score 63-54.

Lufkin’s offense was finally kept off the board on the following drive with Johnathan Jones intercepting a pass.
Parkway got its final touchdown of the game on a 26-yard scoring strike from Rogers to Robert McKnight, making the final 69-54.

Lufkin (2-1) will return to action on Friday night when it hosts Monterrey Prepa Tec at 7:30.

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