Verona snuffs Parker's slim playoff hopes
VERONA—Janesville Parker's football team had a tall task in trying to earn a postseason bid.
The Vikings had to win their last three Big Eight Conference games starting with Friday night's tilt at Verona.
Unfortunately for Parker, the playoffs will have to wait until next season.
The host Wildcats scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter in pulling away for a 47-21 win. Parker is now 2-5 on the season with two games remaining.
“It came down to not making some plays and missing some key assignments, especially on defense,” Parker coach Eric Skrzypchak said. “We played them even 7-7 in the second half, but when we needed stops in the second quarter, we couldn't get them.
“Offensively, we did some things well. We were getting to the edge on the sweep and did a nice job of blocking up front. Our defense made plays, especially in the second half, but just not enough of them.”
Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins cut Verona's lead to 12-7 in the first on a 42-yard TD run, but the Wildcats responded to go back up two scores. Sam Drozdowicz scored from 53 yards out for Parker to cut the deficit to 19-14 late in the first.
Verona (3-4) then rattled off three straight scores in the second quarter to pull away.
Parker hosts third-ranked and unbeaten Sun Prairie (7-0) next Friday at Monterey Stadium as part of Homecoming Week.
“It comes down to cleaning up our mistakes and finishing strong,” Skrzypchak said. “We feel like we can do some things offensively against Sun Prairie if we come out and execute and eliminate the mental mistakes.
“We can't make the playoffs, but we still have two big games left and a lot to play for.”