Two weeks ago, the debut of Parish Episcopal’s colorful new home turf ultimately left the Panthers feeling blue, as Glen Rose rallied for two late touchdowns to spoil the evening for Parish.
On the bright side, however, the Panthers are perfect in three road games thus far, and they have a chance to atone in front of the home fans in a more meaningful game Friday night against Pantego Christian.
Parish (3-1, 1-0) has averaged 42.7 points over its last three games, including a 42-14 blasting of Flower Mound Coram Deo last week. In that game, Dominic Williams rushed for two first-half touchdowns to help the Panthers to a 35-0 advantage.
Williams, a sophomore, has been dominant this season with 636 yards and nine touchdowns through four games (he also has caught a scoring pass), but the Parish offense has shown some nice balance overall.
Tom Stewart has passed for 857 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. Two receivers — Xavier Suggs and Bryson Ingrams — each have at least 14 catches.
With the Panthers rounding into form, it’s also important to note that they don’t share a district this season with Dallas Christian, which was the only team to beat Parish in league play in each of the past three years.
Pantego (3-1, 1-0) also has started strong this season, including a decisive 33-7 win over Fort Worth Southwest Christian in its district opener last week.
Hill Alexander has proven an effective dual-threat quarterback for Pantego. He’s rushed for 588 yards and seven touchdowns, and passed for 462 yards and seven more scores.
Other games to watch this week:
Jesuit (3-1, 1-0) at Skyline (4-0, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Forester Stadium
This clash of the top teams in 10-6A will provide the first big district test for Jesuit, which rolled past Sunset 47-7 last week. The Rangers are averaging 49.3 points. The Raiders also have a high-powered offense coming off a lopsided win over Irving.
St. Mark’s (2-3, 1-2) at Arlington Oakridge (3-2, 1-2)
7 p.m. Thursday
The Lions and standout RB Justin Jones will look to snap a two-game skid after squandering a fourth-quarter lead last week at Oklahoma City Casady. Meanwhile, the Owls stumbled against Greenhill, making this a key clash in the SPC standings.
Carrollton Creekview (2-2, 1-0) at Hillcrest (4-0, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Franklin Stadium
After four straight lopsided victories, the Panthers might face their toughest test against the rushing attack of the Mustangs, who blasted Conrad 58-0 last week. Hillcrest QB Arico Evans has thrown for eight touchdowns and rushed for six more.
W.T. White (2-2, 0-1) at Carrollton R.L. Turner (3-1, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Standridge Stadium
Behind QB Jackson Fults, the Longhorns had their best offensive showing of the season last week, but still lost 66-37 to Irving MacArthur in their 9-6A opener. The Lions demolished lesser competition before falling 28-7 to Irving Nimitz last week.
Midland Christian (3-1, 1-0) at Trinity Christian (2-2, 0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
The shorthanded Trojans were overwhelmed by Plano Prestonwood in their TAPPS district opener last week, but return home looking to rebound. Justin Fender rushed for six touchdowns as the Mustangs topped Bishop Lynch in their district opener.