Former Minden High head coach David Feaster brought his latest in a long line of teams, the Parkway Panthers, to town Friday night to take on the Crimson Tide, and took home the victory over the still winless Tide.
For the second week in a row the Tide focused on manufacturing a running game, moving away from the spread offense that fans have become accustomed to seeing in Minden for the past several years.
However, the only benefit to the home team's game from the change in offense was a shortened game, as the Tide ended with negative yardage for the game. The Tide ran the ball 24 times for a total of four yards, and when added to one sack and two muffed punts, the total dropped to a negative 32 yards on the ground. The only first down was earned compliments of a penalty.
Parkway, on the other hand, scored early and scored often on their way to the convincing 41-2 victory. The Panthers averaged 14 yards per carry, and nine yards per completion, racking up a total of 323 yards of total offense. Quarterback Brandon Harris ran for 42 yards on three carries and threw for 91 yards on 10 completions to lead Parkway.
Minden earned their only points of the game late in the fourth quarter on a bad snap that the Parkway punter couldn't handle, earning the Tide a safety.
Dominique Walker gave the Tide faithful a reason to cheer early in the third quarter, returning a Panther kickoff 63 yards to the Parkway 17 yard line. Minden was unable to capitalize on the great return however, and turned the ball back over to Parkway after three incomplete passes. For the game, the Tide only had one completion in eight attempts for five yards. Marshal Frye had the reception.
Several Minden starters should be back in the line-up next week after suffering concussions, as the Tide will try to get their first win of the season next Friday at home against Ruston. The Ruston game will end a string of tough games against 5A opponents, and district games will begin a week from Thursday against Fair Park.