Longhorns experience the perfect ending

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Parkway West takes on Fort Zumwalt South on Friday Oct 23. The Longhorns look to win their first district game since 2008.

The Longhorns won last Fridays non-conference contest against the Northwest Lions 27-12. The Horns scored every quarter while holding Northwest to just 12 points, with the defense coming up big in the fourth quarter.

“We scored almost every time we had the ball.  We had great match ups in the first half with our receivers. Then we were able to rely on the running game to finish the game in the second half, “ junior quarterback Jack Martin said.

The Longhorns rushed for 260 yards on senior night. Seniors Henderson Faulkner and Nick Lewis combined for 200-yards rushing on 25 carries. Faulkner scored a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter while Lewis blew the game open with a 58-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

“Our running game has been key for the second half of the season. The line is doing a great job opening up running lanes for me and the other backs. Our offense is coming together at the right time of the year,” Lewis said.

Senior linebacker Evan Shukers led the team with seven tackles. Junior linebacker Drew Seers added four more tackles to his season totals. Seers now leads the conference with 78 solo tackles and 113 total tackles.

“As a defense we have played very well the past few weeks. The whole team is swarming to the ball well, and causing turnovers at pivotal moments in the game.  I am happy that we’re playing our best football going into districts,” Seers said.

Martin threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Tyrice Hines at the end of the second quarter, giving the Longhorns a two touchdown lead.

“Right from the get-go we knew we had to control the game on offense. Northwest is the type of team that likes to play to their strengths, but I think we did a great job at disrupting that,” senior offensive lineman Brian Loomis said.

The key play in the game came when Northwest fumbled a punt return midway through the first quarter. Senior fullback Brandyn McMurry recovered the ball for the Horns setting up their first touchdown.

However, the Lions made the game interesting when they scored on a one-yard touchdown run just as time expired in the first half.

“The last two weeks we have allowed the other team to score right before halftime. We have to be able to be mentally tough in those moments in order to carry a bigger lead into the rest of the game,” junior defensive end Antonio Smith said.

Senior Holt Priest came onto the field for his first varsity run late in the fourth quarter.

“Coach told me to lead block for Holt down the sideline. It was a very special moment. Northwest showed a lot of class on that play. Our whole community shared a very special moment that night,” McMurry said.

The Longhorns 4-5 will travel to Fort Zumwalt South 6-3 for the first round of districts this Friday.

“Next week will be a very important game. It would be nice to get a district win for the first time in recent years. Hopefully we can win in order to get our school and fans another home game,” junior offensive lineman Jordan Wynn said.