The last minute of Friday night’s tilt between Parklane and Cathedral provided some of football’s greatest thrills and exemplified the agony of a late defeat. For the visiting Pioneers, it was heartbreak personified.
Parklane, leading 20-14, forced a turnover on downs with 1:20 remaining in the contest. The Pioneers likely needed just one first down to ice the game. Instead, Cathedral’s defense forced a three-and-out. Then the snap sailed over the head of Parklane punter’s head and was recovered by Cathedral at the one-yard line. The Green Wave scored one play later and took a 21-20 lead.
The Pioneers still had another shot, though, and almost capitalized. They drove down inside the Cathedral 10-yard line, despite taking over with just 42 seconds left. But on Parklane’s final offensive snap, the pass to the end zone was broken up by Kaden Batieste — the same Green Wave player who had scored the go-ahead touchdown — with less than three seconds left.
Parklane’s 21-20 loss drops the Pioneers to 1-3 this season.
It was a one-possession game all night. Parklane scored first and converted the two-point attempt to lead 8-0, then Cathedral responded to make it 8-7 in the second quarter. After the Pioneers pulled ahead 14-7, the Green Wave ripped off a 70-yard touchdown to level the score. Parklane’s last touchdown was followed by its second failed two-point conversion, which gave Cathedral the chance to take the lead with its last-minute score.
Parklane returns home next weekend to host district rival Jackson Prep.