Parker grounds out win
JANESVILLE Pound on the ground.
That’s been Janesville Parker’s formula for success the last 20 years and it continued here Friday night.
The Vikings rushed for 451 yards in running over Madison East, 37-6, in a Big Eight Conference game at Monterey Stadium.
Parker (2-2, 2-2) won its second straight behind the one-two punch of Dai Von Vance-Jenkins and Deon Sanders. Vance-Jenkins finished with 180 yards and two touchdowns, while Sanders added 157 yards and two touchdowns.
Although dominating from the start against the Purgolders (0-4, 0-4), the Vikings remain a work in progress heading into next Friday’s pivotal game at Madison West. Parker missed five of six extra-point attempts, fumbled three times and was whistled for nine penalties.
“A lot of it again are some mental mistakes that I think are correctable,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said.
“The bottom line is that we’re back to .500, and that’s exciting for the kids because they’ve continued to work hard. Now, we have to keep that momentum going.”
Vance-Jenkins got Parker on the board early when he scampered 71 yards on the second play of the game. East tied the game on Jamari Manuel’s 12-yard touchdown run midway through the first, but Vance-Jenkins answered with a 6-yard TD with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
After piling up 180 yards in the first half, Vance-Jenkins was limited to one play in the second half after he suffered a toe injury.
Parker, however, didn’t miss a beat as Sanders filled in admirably. The junior pushed the lead to 25-6 with 5:14 left in the third on a 5-yard TD run and made it 31-6 with 10:35 left to play on a nifty 15-yard misdirection run. Third-string tailback Mitch Pingel concluded the scoring for Parker with a 14-yard touchdown with 1:35 left.
With four games left on the regular-season schedule, Parker must win two of the four to have a shot a playoff berth in Skrzypchak’s first season. Three of those games are against teams with a combined 10-2 record.
Skrzypchak knows the Vikings have a tough road ahead starting with the Regents next Friday.
“We have to keep things going and continue to play Parker football,” Skrzypchak said of the run-oriented offense. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the way I look at it.
“And we have improved. Now it’s important to keep improving and keep getting better.”
PARKER 37, EAST 6
Madison East 6 0 0 0—6
Janesville Parker 13 0 12 12—37
Scoring summary: P—Dai Von Vance-Jenkins, 71 run (Michael Dubanowich kick). E—Jamari Manuel, 12 run (kick blocked). P—Vance-Jenkins, 6 run (kick failed). P—Sam Drozdowicz, 14 run (kick failed). P—Deon Sanders, 5 run (run failed). P—Sanders, 15 run (kick failed). P—Mitch Pingel, 14 run (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—E 7, P 20. Rushes—
E 35-47, P 53-451. Yards passing—E 68, P 2. Passes—E 21-6-2, P 4-1-0. Fumbles—E 3-1, P 4-3. Penalties—E 7-78, P 9-78.
n Sun Prairie 13, La Follette 6—Madison La Follette threw a major scare into Sun Prairie before falling to the co-Big Eight leaders.
The Lancers (1-3) trailed the undefeated Cardinals, 13-0, but marched 83 yards and scored when Troy Teigan hit Derek Horne with a 1-yard scoring pass with 3:20 left in the game.
La Follette then recovered the onside kick and drove to the Cardinal 19, where a fumble ended the drive with 1:30 left.
SUN PRAIRIE 13, LA FOLLETTE 6
Sun Prairie 3 3 7 0—13
La Follette 0 0 0 6—6
Scoring summary: SP, Dustin Wunderlin, 27. SP—FG, Wunderlin, 38. SP—Craig Evans, 2 run (Wunderlin kick). ML—Derek Horne, 1 pass from Troy Teigan (kick failed).
Statistics: First downs—SP 12, ML 10. Rushes—SP 39-120, ML 32-72. Yards passing—SP 59, ML 187. Passing—SP 16-7-0, ML 25-13-0. Fumbles—SP 0-0, ML 2-1. Penalties—SP 9-80, LF 5-40.
n Middleton 35 West 21—The Cardinals won the battle of Big Eight unbeatens thanks to Javarius Rockmore.
Rockmore rushed for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns as Middleton (4-0, 4-0) remained tied for first place with Sun Prairie.
West (3-1, 3-1) cut the lead to 20-14 in the fourth, but Middleton scored twice to pull away.