Parkland Wins A Hard Fought Defensive Battle Over Hanks
In what turned out to be the ultimate defensive battle, Parkland defeated Hanks 10-7 thanks to four Knights' turnovers.
The game which was a true chess match was scoreless at the half. Hanks had two first half touchdowns called back because of a holding and block in the back penalty. Without question the Knights could have had a 21-0 lead at halftime, but mistakes and a costly fumble at the Parkland 15 squandered any scoring opportunities that Hanks had.
The Knights came out in the second half and their misfortunes continued as they fumbled the ball at the 35, Parkland capitalized on the turnover and scored the first points of the game kicking a 28 yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Hanks finally got on the board as they marched down the field and QB/RB Matt Femat scored a 3 yard touchdown to give the knights the 7-3 lead with 2:25 to go in the 3rd quarter.
Hanks' narrow lead disappeared quickly as the Knights fumbled the ball at the 30 with 11:46 remaining in the game. Two plays later Parkland took a 10-7 lead when quarterback Andres Silva threw a 28 yard touchdown to Justin Fults. The Matadors scored all 10 of their points off of the Hanks' second half turnovers. Hanks had one final opportunity to tie the game but missed a 28 yard field goal attempt at the 5:09 mark of the 4th quarter.
With the victory Parkland improved their record to 3-2, 1-1 in District 2-5A play. The Matadors are idle next week and will travel to Horizon on October 10. With the loss Hanks is now 4-1, 1-1 in District 2-5A. The Knights are also idle next week and will travel to Riverside on October 9.