With a young roster leading a program just one year removed from a jump into the top enrollment classification in TAPPS, Parish Episcopal is experiencing some growing pains.
The Panthers continued their struggles in district play with a 56-17 loss to Bishop Dunne on Friday at Snyder Stadium. It was the fourth consecutive loss for Parish, with three of those coming by lopsided margins.
After Parish kicker Preston Harless opened the scoring with a field goal, the Falcons (4-2, 3-1) raced to a 49-3 halftime lead and scored 56 consecutive points before the Panthers (2-5, 0-4) responded.
Tyler Hamilton accounted for both Parish touchdowns on receptions from freshman Preston Stone, but the game was out of reach by that time.
The Panthers have allowed more than 46 points per game during a four-game losing streak, trying to navigate perhaps the toughest private-school district in the state.
Still, the offensive numbers are respectable. Stone has thrown for more than 1,600 yards yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Hamilton and Logan Rayburn have combined for 57 receptions and more than 800 yards with 12 scores.
Parish has a chance to break its skid during the next two weeks against John Paul II and Trinity Christian before it wraps up the season by facing defending state champion Bishop Lynch.