It was only a scrimmage, but the Parkway Panthers gave their fans plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming high school football season Thursday evening.
The Panthers wrapped up spring practice with a dominating performance against Alexandria Senior High at Preston Crownover Stadium.
The Panthers’ first team scored four touchdowns in the controlled portion of the scrimmage, during which each team got the ball twice for 12 plays starting at their own 30.
Parkway’s first-team added three more touchdowns during a live 12-minute quarter at the end of the scrimmage.
There was no punting in either the controlled portion of the scrimmage or the live quarter. If a team failed to make a first down, the ball was brought back to the 30.
“It went about as good as it could go,” Parkway coach David Feaster said. “No injuries. We got to look at a lot of different stuff. The weather was perfect. We got good film from the end zone, from tight and wide. We’ve got about 99 kids. Not all of them were dressed out because some were injured, but we’re going to have a real good idea who the football players are.”
Parkway and ASH were no strangers. The Panthers defeated the Trojans 36-13 in the season opener last season. Parkway finished 11-2. ASH finished 5-6, losing in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger were on the sidelines as were coaches from Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas and Grambling State.
They were there mainly to see Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris, a senior-to-be who has become one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation.
Harris didn’t disappoint. He got off to a shaky start, overthrowing a couple of passes and underthrowing one.
But he was sharp after that. In the controlled scrimmage, Harris completed seven of 14 passes for about 210 yards and three touchdowns.
In the live quarter, he completed all six of the passes he threw for about 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Late Thursday, Harris announced on Twitter that he was going to visit seven schools this summer — Auburn, Texas A&M, Alabama, Baylor, Ole Miss, Ohio State and LSU.
Harris wasn’t the only Panther who performed well.
Brodrick Jefferson, a receiver who has committed to Louisiana Tech, made several nice catches, including a 70-yard touchdown reception.
Junior-to-be Demetrius McAtee scored Parkway’s first touchdown on a 70-yard run. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Donovan Ward caught Harris’ first TD pass, a 57-yarder.
Receiver Jared Lancaster made a big catch for the first team and caught a touchdown pass for the second team.
Austin Roth made some nice runs and catches. So did Stacy McCray. Cory Hamilton showed big-play potential, too.
“We’ve had a great spring,” Feaster said. “Those guys have been looking good all spring. And they showed it tonight. Some of the people who have wondered what all the fuss is about maybe saw a glimpse of how good we have a chance to be.”
The Panthers defense also played well. ASH didn’t score in the controlled scrimmage or the live quarter.
The Trojans made a couple of forays into Parkway territory in their first set of plays, but they only got two first downs in their second.
The Parkway second-team dominated, too, scoring six touchdowns, including five in their first set of plays.
Quarterback Keondre Wudtee and running back Kei’Untre Normandin were just a couple of the second-teamers that had outstanding games.