Led by the best running back in the city, Parkland destroyed Hanks at home in front of a capacity crowd on homecoming.  The Matadors' 40 point victory was largely due in part to Deion Hankins, who rushed for 301 yards on 30 carries, and scored 5 touchdowns to give his squad the 63-23 triumph.  The game was tied at 7-7 early in the first quarter and was close into the second quarter as Parkland led 21-16 with 9:!0 remaining in the first half.

The Matadors took a 28-16 lead before Hank's QB Austin Guerrero broke his leg with 7:32 remaining in the half due to a horse collar tackle.  The Knights had been able to keep the game withing striking distance prior to Guerrero's departure.  Parkland took a commanding 35-16 lead in to the locker room at the half and cruised the remainder of the way en route to another impressive win.

Photo by Brandon Cohn
Photo by Brandon Cohn

Matador's QB AJ Briggs was 11 for 18, with 158 yards and 4 TD's.  Wide receiver De'quan Henderson had 8 receptions for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Zarcariaous Presha had 6 catches for 69 yards and 1 TD.  Hanks quarterback Austin Guerrero played well in the first half going 8 for 12 with 98 yards and 2 TD's, while running back Rashon Peterson had 114 yards rushing and 1 touchdown.   Wide reciever Nick Frayre had 5 receptions for 98 yards.

Parkland improves to 4-1, 2-1 in district 2-5A with the victory, and will pay Del Valle a visit next Friday in what should be a classic battle.  Hanks falls to 2-3, 1-2 in 2-5A with the loss, and will host Riverside next Friday night.

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