By V. K. Jones
Hahnville’s remarkable late-season run finally came to an end with a 31-28 home loss Friday night to Parkway in the Class 5A regionals.
A 2-yard touchdown run by Sergio Medina, his fourth of the game, gave the Tigers their first lead of the contest at 28-24 with 6:35 left in the game before Parkway rallied on an 11-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brandon Harris with 3:44 left in the game.
The loss ended Hahnville’s season at 6-5 after the Tigers overcame a 0-4 start to go on and capture the District 8-5A title.
“I’m disappointed but I feel for these kids because some will not play again,” said Hahnville coach Lou Valdin. “I love these kids. They are most important people in my life.”
“Hahnville took the momentum in the second half and came at us at every angle,” said Parkway coach David Feaster. “Hahnville is tough place to play but we fought back to get the win.”
Parkway (11-1) advances to the Class 5A quarterfinals, where the Panthers will take on Barbe.
The Panthers grabbed a 7-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by Stacy McCray.
Hahnville countered at the 11:54 mark of the second quarter when Medina powered in from 5 yards out to tie the game 7-7. Medina finished the game 143 yards on 30 carries to go along with his four touchdowns.
“When opportunity comes just take every opportunity you can,” said Medina.
Harris scored on a 28-yard touchdown for the Panthers and Avery Shoebridge added a 25-yard field goal to extend the Parkway led to 17-7 at halftime.
A 14-yard touchdown run by Medina cut the Parkway led to 17-14.
Corey Hamilton then hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Harris to extend the Parkway lead to 24-14 before Medina countered with a 17-yard run to make it a three-point game at 24-21.
Easton Melancon was 10 of 22 passing for 147 yards for Hahnville
Harris led Parkway in passing by connecting on 8 of 18 attempts for 90 yards. He also rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries and accounted for three touchdowns. Marcus Harper had nine carries for 83 yards. Hamilton had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.