CLASS 5A FINALS: Little Rock Parkview hits several big plays on offense to roll by Shiloh Christian

Little Rock Parkview defensive lineman Jeremy Edwards (52) strips the ball from Shiloh Christian quarterback Cole Creighton (9)  during the second quarter of the Patriots’ 55-12 win over Shiloh Christian in the Class 5A state Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. .More photos at www.arkansasonline.com/123state5a/.(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)
Little Rock Parkview defensive lineman Jeremy Edwards (52) strips the ball from Shiloh Christian quarterback Cole Creighton (9) during the second quarter of the Patriots’ 55-12 win over Shiloh Christian in the Class 5A state Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. .More photos at www.arkansasonline.com/123state5a/.(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Thomas Metthe)


Little Rock Parkview's offense was clicking on all cylinders Saturday night against Shiloh Christian -- and at a high rate of efficiency.

The Patriots needed only 43 offensive plays to gain 444 yards in a dominating 55-12 victory over the Saints in the Class 5A state championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

"A lot of it, too, you have to give consideration to the players," Parkview Coach Brad Bolding said. "We have some elite talent. I mean we have some guys that any time they have the ball in their hands they can take it to the house."

Parkview had seven plays that went for at least 20 yards, totaling to 263 yards on those plays combined. To put it in perspective, that was 46 yards more than the 217 yards on 61 plays that Shiloh Christian gained the entire game.

"Great weapons that [the Patriots] have offensively," Shiloh Christian Coach Tucker Barnard said. "They can do a lot of things, and they're really big and they're really physical. But they also schemed it up really well and they execute at a high level. So it's not just a bunch of athletes out there running around. Those guys are well-trained football players, and they do a great job. It was too much for us today."

Parkview quarterback Eric McGehee, who won MVP for the second straight season, was at the heart of the big plays. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 270 yards and 4 touchdowns. Six of his completions were for at least 23 yards.

McGehee agreed he has plenty of weapons to distribute to, but added he couldn't have performed without the guys up front.

"It definitely makes my job much easier, but I really couldn't have done it without my O-line," McGehee said. "Without them, I wouldn't even have this [MVP trophy] right now. I give much credit to my O-line. They've been here with me from day one. I'm really grateful for them."

Monterrio Elston caught 6 passes for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns. He hauled in a 67-yard pass from McGehee for the Patriots' first score with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

Right before half, Elston was on the receiving end of a double reverse pass gadget play that ultimately saw McGehee hit Elston on a wheel route for a 37-yard touchdown. That razzle-dazzle play put Parkview ahead 42-6 at the half.

"We've been working on that play for like two years and this is our first time actually running it," McGehee said, who added the play is named "Trick or Treat."

McGehee also threw touchdown passes for 48 yards to Omarion Robinson and 23 yards to Kyrick Fulks in the second half.

Parkview rushed for 174 yards on 29 carries, with McGehee leading his team with 49 yards on six carries.

"The speed of the game for us is fast and we practice that way," Bolding said. "I think our guys really learn and practice how to compete, and that's kind of what we want is to get better each day while we're out there and come out into the game and get better each week. They just love to perform. They love to get out here and perform in front of everybody."


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