Janesville Parker notches its first win of 2013
BELOIT—Janesville Parker put together its best half of football this season.
Then the Vikings did all they could to hang on at Beloit Memorial after halftime.
Senior Mitch Treinen threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the first half, then made an interception to help hold off the Purple Knights 28-22 in a Big Eight Conference game at Jacobson Field.
“The first couple games weren’t very good,” Treinen said. “To finally come out here and get a win and have the offense move the ball well (was great).”
The Vikings improved to 1-3. The Knights fell to 0-4.
Treinen got his first start at quarterback and the Vikings had little problem moving the ball in the first half.
Sam Drozdowicz put them on the board with a one-yard touchdown run, Jovanni Sanchez followed up with a 14-yard burst on the next possession, and Parker was off and rolling.
“We were using the outside runs, just to get the speed on the sides,” Treinen said. “I was nervous to begin with, but once the game started going, we started clicking.”
Treinen hardly looked flustered during a busted play early in the second quarter. Instead, he scrambled and broke upfield for a 48-yard touchdown.
Later, he executed the two-minute drill well and tossed a 10-yard pass to Will Theisen in the end zone with 19.4 seconds left before halftime.
“We were just doing some things well,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said. “We didn’t make as many mistakes as what we have.
“(Treinen) made some plays, and that’s what we wanted.”
Beloit Memorial grabbed the momentum, however, coming out of the locker room.
The Knights drove right down the field for a touchdown on their first possession, a touchdown pass from Denzel Barnes, who completed 24 of 48 passes for 312 yards.
The Vikings sputtered a bit to start on offense, and Treinen was knocked from his quarterback spot—he continued to play defensive back—after suffering a thumb injury.
The Knights pulled within two touchdowns on the first play of the fourth quarter, then within six points when the teams combined for turnovers on three consecutive plays with less than seven minutes left.
Parker fumbled in its backfield, followed by Treinen’s interception. Then, on the Vikings’ first play of their ensuing drive, a fumble bounced right into the hands of Jordan Wescott at midfield and he maneuvered through traffic to score.
The Knights had an opportunity to tie the game with a little more than three minutes left, but the Vikings forced a turnover on downs. Parker running back Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins, who rushed for 158 yards on 19 carries, got a critical first down on the next drive and the Vikings closed out the game.
“It’s something you definitely need,” Skrzypchak said of the victory. “We could’ve given up after a bad play here and there. We didn’t. We fought.
“When we truly needed to make a play, we made the play.”
JANESVILLE PARKER 28, BELOIT MEMORIAL 22
Parker 14 14 0 0—28
Beloit 0 0 8 14—22
Scoring summary: JP—Sam Drozdowicz, 1 run (Billy Phalin kick). JP—Jovanni Sanchez, 14 run (Phalin kick). JP—Mitch Treinen, 48 run (Phalin kick). JP—Will Theisen, 10 pass from Treinen (Phalin kick). BM—Zack Johnson, 12 pass from Denzel Barnes (Taylor Williams pass from Barnes). BM—Austin Gibson fumble recovery in end zone (pass failed). BM—Jordan Wescott 54 fumble recovery for touchdown (Gibson pass from Barnes).
Statistics: First downs—JP 21, BM 14. Rushing—JP 56-351, BM 13-11. Yards passing—JP 21, BM 312. Passes—JP 7-2-0, BM 48-24-1. Fumbles—JP 4-3, BM 4-2. Penalties—JP 9-55, BM 8-59.