On a chilly afternoon at a muddy field, the Parkside Club football team won its historical, first ever football game 58-45 over the Southern Illinois Cougars.
The player of the game was definitely Chris Walsh who had 407 yards passing and six touchdowns. Walsh’s favorite target was Rodney White who had seven catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
The game did not start how the Rangers wanted, by having the opening kickoff returned 93 yards for a touchdown. The Rangers did not give up though, scoring the next two touchdowns. The Cougars then came back and scored a touchdown to tie the game at fourteen. After both teams scored a touchdown to make it 21-21, the Rangers went on an offensive explosion. Parkside then went on to score 24 unanswered points. After the first half was complete, the score was 45-21, and Walsh had 303 yards passing and five touchdowns after the first half.
In the second half, Parkside’s offense seemed to sputter, only scoring thirteen points in the second half, while the Cougars racked 24 in the second half. However, the Rangers stomped the Cougar’s chances of a comeback when they forced a fumble and recovered it. After the Rangers had the ball they earned some key first downs and ran the clock out to the end the game. With seconds left in the game, Coach Bunch received one of sports’ finest honors: a Gatorade shower.
Next week, Parkside travels to Ohio to take on Ohio State’s club football team, and the week after, they are home game against a University of New Orleans’s club.
Story by Devin Willems