Bishop Lynch grounded Parish Episcopal’s hopes of a lengthy playoff run on Saturday, in more ways than one.
The unbeaten defending TAPPS state champions stifled the Panthers’ passing attack, while the Friars ran past Parish for the second time this season.
The resulting 42-7 thumping at Wildcat-Ram Stadium ended the season for the youthful Panthers (5-7), and showed why the more experienced Friars (12-0) are a favorite to repeat in December.
Bishop Lynch rumbled to a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter behind four rushing touchdowns, including three by Jacob Lewis. Even when the Panthers broke through with a big-play touchdown on a 68-yard pass from Preston Stone to Josh Emmanuel, the Friars quickly negated the momentum by returning the ensuing kickoff for a score.
Jordan Hudson tallied a game-high 216 rushing yards on just 14 carries with two touchdowns for Bishop Lynch, while Lewis added 119 yards on only eight attempts. The Friars accumulated 367 rushing yards as a team while averaging more than 10 yards per carry.
Stone, a freshman, completed 21 of 36 passes for 207 yards. For the season, he finished with almost 2,700 passing yards and 26 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.
The result was similar to the prior meeting just two weeks ago in the regular-season finale, when the Friars cruised to a 42-19 win over Parish. Last week, the Panthers knocked off San Antonio Central Catholic 20-17 on the road in a first-round matchup.