They didn't keep score, but there were plenty of measurables for the Parkview High School football team in Friday night's scrimmage game at Mill Creek:
The Panthers showed some big-play ability
-- Running back Chris Carson scored Parkview's first touchdown against an opposing team since last season with an 80-yard run down the left sideline. In it, he showed his ability to find a crease and run past defenders.
-- Keanu Mole showed his speed with two kickoff returns for about 80 yards combined, and he also was the recipient of a 48-yard halfback pass for a touchdown.
The defense looked steady
-- Led by linebacker Kyle Williams, the Panthers defense hit hard and held tough twice when Mill Creek drove inside the 5-yard line. Parkview forced a fumble and a field goal on those two Hawks drives. Outside of allowing a big pass play for a touchdown in the second quarter, the Panthers held up pretty well, even while switching players in and out to give them experience.
The JV came to play
-- Head coach Cecil Flowe pointed out the fire shown by junior varsity players, who played the entire fourth quarter. Mill Creek scored on a long pass play with a few minutes remaining, but for the most part, the JV has something to feel good about.
The boosters were in force
-- It wasn't a regular-season game, so Parkview fans didn't exactly fill the visitor's side of the field. But they had a great showing on the road and they were loud and supportive. Add in members of the band playing throughout the game and the cheerleading squad keeping things lively, and it felt kind of like a regular-season game.
OK, so somebody kept score
-- Mill Creek "won" the game 26-14, but it should be noted that this wasn't formated like a regular game, with all the substitutions and even coaches serving as referees. And by no means were the Panthers outplayed. One of the Hawks' TD came in the JV fourth quarter (Parkview's JV, by the way, had the ball at the 1 when the final horn sounded), and another came on a fumble recovery in the end zone after a wild scramble following a Parkview fumble.