Parkland Pulls Aways in the Third Quarter in a 42-10 Win Over Austin

Last season, when the Parkland Matadors and Austin Panthers met, it was a defensive battle with two of the city’s biggest names on the field – DJ Crest for Parkland and Jayden Wilson for Austin. The result of that battle was a 9-7 Matador victory. 

This season, both teams were without their Division 1 scholarship recipients and we were set for  an offensive showcase at Austin’s R.E. McKee Stadium. Parkland has been known for its air raid attack and that is exactly how they first scored. With less than 3 minutes into the game, Matador Quarterback Erik Ortiz found Jesus Molina for an 18-yard Touchdown pass to give them the early 7-0 lead.

Austin was able to march down the field on their very next drive, but that was halted by a stingy Matador red zone defense, as the Panthers ended their drive with a 24-yard field goal by Woody Paniagua to inch the Panthers closer, 7-3. The Matadors and Panthers exchanged some rough drives in the 1st Quarter with mistakes on both sides. 

However, the Matadors were able to find their groove 3 minutes into the 2nd quarter, when Ortiz had a 2-yard quarterback keeper to extend the Matador lead, 13-3. On Austin’s next drive, they had a pair of remarkable plays to keep them in the game, including an 11-yard Jerimiah Parrish Touchdown run to cut the Parkland lead to 13-10. The Matadors made sure they had the last word of the 1st half, as Ortiz was able to connect with Ronald Chapman on an electric 45-yard touchdown pass with 4 minutes left before halftime, to give the Matadors the 20-10 advantage. The Matador defense was able to contain the Panther rush attack, as they went into halftime with the 10-point lead.

Most of the 3rd quarter was led by both defenses. Then, with 3:28 left in the quarter, Parkland’s Ortiz was able to find Chapman, once again, for a 6-yard Touchdown pass and a successful 2-point conversion, to make the game 28-10, Parkland. The Matadors were able to squeeze in one more score in the 3rd quarter. With 58 seconds left, Fabian Cervantes joined in on the Matadors’ scoring frenzy with a 13-yard Touchdown run to make it a 35-10 Matador lead. The game’s final score came with 9:42 left when Ortiz put the exclamation mark on the Matadors’ performance with a 42-yard Touchdown connection to Cervantes. Parkland raised their matte black helmets with the golden Matador “M” on them, as they left Friday night’s matchup with the 42-10 victory.

The Matadors improved to 2-0 on the season and will host the Burges Mustangs next Friday. The Panthers will have their first away game of the season, seeking their first victory of this young season, as they will travel to Canutillo next Friday.

Story by Paul David Oliver