Two years running, Parkway Central and Ladue have opened their football season under the lights on the Colts synthetic turf.
The players are somewhat different; the results much the same. Last year Central prevailed 31-14 and this year it was all Parkway Central, 42-17.
Junior quarterback Zach Lazenby came up a fraction short of the end zone at the conclusion of a 20-yard ramble at the first half or it might have been worse.
Junior rusher Augie Brooks crossed the goal line three times for the Colts (runs of 6, 9, and 21); Jack Buschman scored on runs of 6 and 83 and Lazenby plunged for 1 to salt away the victory.
Ladue got its points on a Shawn Whitely 21-yard run; a 7 yard run by Udell Hyde late in the game and a 25 yard field goal by Jack Fox.
Central’s long time coach was pretty much satisfied with the outcome. “I thought both of our lines played well. I felt like we controlled the line of scrimmage and they (Ladue) have some pretty good linemen. We got weapons and if the big boys up front do their job, that makes it a lot easier for everybody.”
“I told the guys I was very, very proud. In practice, you just can’t simulate what’s going to happen in a game. We had a lot of guys playing their first varsity game. I felt our senior leaders did a good job of keeping everyone under control.”
Ladue’s Mike Tarpey looked at this game as a learning experience for his youthful squad.
“Parkway Central is known as a physical football team and they showed that tonight,” said Tarpey.
“We didn’t throw the ball all that much and we’ve got some things to work on. Once again their front four (on defense) is good and they did a good job of containing our receivers.”
“Our biggest disappointment I felt we got a little sloppy at the end. This was the first time for a lot of guys at their positions and we could see them getting better as the game went on.”
Tarpey knows his new quarterback junior Matt Hooper needs more work. “Our quarterback will have to learn how to deal with the overall speed of the game. As you go through different levels of football, high school, then college the biggest thing is the speed of the game and it just keeps getting faster.”
Tarpey is confident Hooper and company will pick it up as the season progresses. The Rams go to Parkway West this Friday. The Colts visit Clayton Friday night.