Parkway sophomore quarterback Eli Rich finds somes running room in their lost to Marion Local on Friday night. The Flyers are one of the best programs in the state and showed it Friday. (DHI Media/ Pat Agler)
Parkway sophomore quarterback Eli Rich finds somes running room in their lost to Marion Local on Friday night. The Flyers are one of the best programs in the state and showed it Friday. (DHI Media/ Pat Agler)
MARIASTEIN-The Parkway Panthers travelled to perennial power house in the Middle Athletic Conference the Marion Local Flyers at Marion Local High School for high school football on Friday night. The Flyers beat Parkway by a score of 51-7.

The Parkway coaching staff aspires to become on the better programs in the MAC. Friday was a tough reminder, how much improvement everyone in the program needs to move into the upper tier of the MAC.

“Marion Local is a really good football program and they are what we want to become. Right now we don’t coach as well as they coach. We don’t practice as well as they practice and we don’t play as well as they play. And obviously it all starts with me. I have to do a much better job coaching this team,” said Parkway football coach Dusty Rutledge.

The Panthers got one big run play on each of their first two drives as Nick Hawk rumbled for 11 and 19 yards on runs up the gut. However negatives plays who kill both drives for Parkway forcing the Panthers to punt.

Marion Local scored touchdowns on their first four drives to open the contest. Nathan Bruns threw two touchdown passes including a 23 yard pass to Tanner Ungruhn. The Flyers got another two touchdowns on the ground include a 15 yard sweep from John Tangeman.

The third and fourth drives for Parkway ended with first play turnovers give Marion Local the ball both times in the red zone.

The Flyers scored all four touchdowns in the first quarter and place kicker Alex Klosterman went three of four on extra points to give Marion Local a 27-0 lead.

The first Flyer drive of the second quarter end with a 31 yard field goal from Klosterman to give Marion Local a 30-0 lead.

Parkway’s first drive of the second quarter got a jump start thanks to two quarterback sweep by Eli Rich that went for 19 and 25 yards. A couple plays later, Rich faked the handoff to Hawk would continue to dash down the field. Rich found Hawk for a 19 yard touchdown pass with 9:15 left in the first half.

Corey Walls added the extra point to cut the Marion Local lead to 30-7.

The Flyers scored two more times before the end of the first half as Bruns dashed in from 14 yards out and found Nick Tangeman for a 3 yard touchdown pass. Klosterman’s extra point gave Marion Local a 44-7 lead after one half.

With the running clock in the second half, both teams only got three true possession and Parkway was able to hold the Flyers out of the end zone on two of those three drives.

The Flyers scored on their second drive to put Marion Local up 51-7 which would eventually be the final score.

“We have an issue with constancy, we need to practice better so we can become more constant in the running ground. We bust a big run and next thing you know we got a lost for four yards so we have to learn to fix the mistakes and avoid the negative plays,” finished Parkway coach Rutledge.

Marion Local improves to 3-0 on the year and Parkway drops to 0-3 on the season. The Panthers will face off against the Tigers of Versailles at home next Friday night.