Verona shuts out Parker
JANESVILLE The frustrations continue to mount for Janesville Parker’s football team.
Facing a must-win game Friday night, Parker offered little resistance to four-time defending Big Eight Conference champion Verona.
John Tackett threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as Verona manhandled Parker, 42-0, at Monterey Stadium.
Parker (2-4, 2-4) is now forced to win its last two games to keep alive any postseason hopes.
Verona (5-1, 5-1) broke the game open with a 22-point second quarter in building a 28-0 halftime lead. Dom Wise’s
4-yard touchdown run with 5:50 left in the third quarter pushed the lead to 35-0 and put a running clock into play for the last 17-plus minutes.
“It just came down to not executing, and that’s on us,” Parker coach Eric Skryzpchak said. “We’re better than that and we’ve been better than that. It just wasn’t our night.
“When we did make a good play or do something positive, we gave it back with a penalty. It just kind of snowballed on us.”
Parker’s offense seemed to be operating in quicksand most of the game. The Vikings finished with only 118 yards of offense, 39 of which came on the team’s last possession with second- and third-stringers in for both teams.
Verona took full advantage of two Parker fumbles and a long punt return in putting together three scoring drives of 30 yards or less. The Wildcats began scoring drives on the Vikings’ 30-, 4- and 8-yard line.
The Wildcats managed only 274 yards of offense but easily won the field position battle. Verona began only two drives in its own territory and punted only twice in the game.
Parker’s Dai Von Vance-Jenkins, who came into the game third in the Big Eight in rushing, was limited to 32 yards on the ground.
With third-ranked and unbeaten Sun Prairie next up for Parker, Skryzpchak knows his team is in dire straits as it searches for the school’s 16th postseason berth in the last 21 years.
“This is adversity, and we will see how we deal with it,” Skryzpchak said. “Are we going to cower down or buck up?
“It starts on Monday at practice. We’ve got to continue working hard and see what we’re made of.”
VERONA 42, PARKER 0
Verona 6 22 7 7—42
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 0—0
Scoring summary: V—John Tackett, 18, run (kick failed). V—Dom Wise, 4 run (pass failed). V—Sam Sharer, 34 pass from Tackett (Sharer pass from Tackett). V—Trevor Kernickle, 8 pass from Tackett (Kernickle pass from Tackett). V—Wise, 4 run (Derek Witte kick). V—Eric Schmid, 1 run (Witte kick).
Statistics: First downs—V 12, P 9. rushes—V 33-166, P 39-111. Yards passing—V 108, P 7. Passes—V 14-6-0, P 9-6-1. Fumbles—V 2-1, P 2-2. Penalties—V 5-41, P 3-30.
Special teams produced two scores to lead Sun Prairie to a 17-0 victory Friday over host Middleton.
League-leading Sun Prairie improved to 6-0 and Middleton is 4-2.
Dustin Wunderlin kicked a 29-yard field goal and Vernon Mems returned a punt 25 yards for a TD to close the game.
SUN PRAIRIE 17, MIDDLETON 0
Sun Prairie 0 3 14 0—17
Middleton 0 0 0 0—0
Scoring summary: SP—FG, Dustin Wunderlin, 29. SP—Drew Mikalossky, 3 pass from Ryan Curran (Wunderlin kick). SP—Vernon Mems, 25 punt return (Wunderlin kick).
Statistics: First downs—SP 12, M 10. Rushing—SP 40-124, M 23-47. Yards passing—SP 127, M 121. Passes—SP 17-11-0, M 24-12-2. Fumbles—SP 0-0, M 0-0. Penalties—SP 7-40, M 5-40.