Bears get Hay fever

EL DORADO — Philip Hay wrapped up his high school football career with a game to remember as he rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Parkers Chapel Trojans to a 40-8 victory over the Woodlawn Bears Friday night.

Hay, who is being recruited by Arkansas State University, was simply too much for the Bears to handle in what was his final high school game since the Trojans have an open date next week and did not make the playoffs.

Parkers Chapel scored on the game’s first possession when Evan McKinnon hit Shannon Havens on a 27-yard touchdown pass to cap a five-play, 62-yard drive. Havens kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.

Woodlawn, meanwhile, sputtered out of the gate, turning the ball over on its own 38 with an inteception on its first drive and then fumbling it away at Trojans’ 36 on its next possesion.

Sandwiched between those two turnovers was Hay’s first score, a 15-yard run to end a three-play drive following the interception. The extra point was no good, making it 13-0 with 8:02 left in the first quarter.

Parkers Chapel would cash in on the fumble as well when Hay carried four times for 50 yards to help set up McKinnon’s 6-yard scramble with 11:27 left in the second quarter. Female kicker Caleh Wall tacked on the extra point to make it 20-0.

It looked as though the first half might end that way when Bears’ punter Blake Erstine pinned the Trojans at their own 9 with just 1:58 left in the half. But four plays later, Hay was loose in the backfield and shed a number of tackles to go 77 yards for a touchdown with 58 seconds remaining. The point after was no good, giving the Trojans a 26-0 lead at halftime.

Hay’s momentum carried over to the second half as he went 57 yards on Parkers Chapel’s first play of the third quarter to make it 33-0 after Wall’s kick.

Hay would then invoke the mercy rule on the Trojans’ next series, scoring from 18 yards out with 3:36 left in the third. Wall’s kicke made it 40-0 at that point.

Woodlawn would avoid the shutout when Patrick Cantrell powered through the line of scrimmage to go 47 yards for the touchdown with 4:14 left in the game. Luke Parker ran in the two-point conversion to make it 40-8.

Cantrell led the Woodlawn rushers with 64 yards on eight carries. Parker, seeing his first action in the offensive backfield as a running back, followed Cantrell with 28 yards on 13 carries.

After the two turnovers, Woodlawn coach Ray Sessions scraped the spread offense and returned to the run-oriented Wing T that the Bears started the season with.

The loss dropped the Bears to 0-8 overall and 0-7 in 8-2A conference play. Parkers Chapel finished the season 4-5 overall and 3-5 in conference play.

Woodlawn will close out its season this Thursday when the Bears host the Hermitage Hermits at 7:30 p.m. At the Carl Jones Sports Complex.