Friday was just another blowout playoff win for Greenwood as they shut out Little Rock Parkview for the second time this year. It was also a bigger milestone for the Bulldogs as they solidify their legacy.
The Bulldogs became the third team in Arkansas high school football history to win 50 consecutive games in a 45-0 6A State Playoff quarterfinal win against Little Rock Parkview.
Greenwood (12-0) will host Pine Bluff, which beat Siloam Springs 35-7, in next week’s semifinal game. The Bulldogs beat the Zebras 51-44 in the 2012 6A State Championship Game.
When asked about the significance of the streak, Bulldogs coach Rick Jones — who won his 251st career game Friday and was presented a ring for being named an NHS Coach of the Year — reminisced about Greenwood’s last defeat, a 38-31 loss to Siloam Springs in 2010.
"I remember well that bus ride back (from Siloam). I just was sitting on the bus thinking we have to make some changes," Jones said. "To the credit of our coaches, we made the changes (that weekend) in how we practiced. Our kids bought into that and we have not changed that system."
Last week, the Bulldogs relied on its defense and special teams. This week, the defense again played well, but it was a punishing ground game that built a 43-0 halftime lead.
Greenwood rushed for 324 yards, 257 of that the first half. Hoyt Smith rushed for 149 yards and four touchdowns in the first half while Austin Garnes added 82 yards and a touchdown.
"Hoyt has had some injury issues and he looked like he was back to normal at practice this week," Jones said. "Garnes is a guy who is trustworthy and you can always depend on him at the right time."
The Bulldog defense held the Patriots (3-9) to 46 total yards — all rushing — on 27 plays in the first half and just 62 yards for the game.
"Greenwood is very tough up front and they took it to us," Parkview coach William Hardiman said. "They are a championship team and you have to respect that.
Greenwood also got two turnovers — a interception and a loose ball on a kickoff return — in the second quarter and both led to touchdowns that put the game out of reach and made the game a blowout.
"I think we got overwhelmed there," Hardiman said. "You just cannot do that against a team like Greenwood."
Parkview was stuffed on its first two possessions. Greenwood’s Smith carried five times for 96 yards, all on power sweeps, with two touchdowns from 39 and 38 yards to give the Bulldogs an early 14-0 lead midway in the first quarter.
Garnes powered Greenwood’s third possession, carrying four times for 61 yards. The final carry was a 21-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
The game was put out of reach with the second-quarter flurry of three touchdowns in a 1:33.
Smith capped an 56-yard, eight-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown run at 9:23.
The ensuing kickoff bounced at the 12, but bounced back toward the 15 and Greenwood’s Cameron Palmer recovered at the Patriot 16. On the next play, Kevin Jones took a reverse for the touchdown and a 35-0 lead.
One play after the following kickoff, Taylor Hasley picked off a Lawrence Berry pass at the Parkview 28. Three plays later, Smith scored from the 14 and suddenly it was 41-0 with 7:50 still left in the first half.
Even Greenwood’s mistakes worked out. On the ensuing extra point, holder Baylee Moore bobbled the snap, but beat a defender to the right pylon for a 2-point conversion and a 43-0 lead.
Greenwood was gifted a safety on the game’s final play when the Patriots fumbled and then fell on the ball in their own end zone.
6A State Playoffs
Little Rock Parkview 0
SUMMARY — The Bulldogs dominated the Patriots on both sides of the ball to get their 50th consecutive win and move to a 6A semifinal home game next week against Pine Bluff.
TURNING POINT — In a span of 1:33, Greenwood scored three touchdowns in the second period to blow the game open at 42-0.
STAT — Greenwood’s defense has shutout Parkview for two consecutive games, while the offense outscored them by 87-0. The Bulldogs allowed just 64 total yards (all rushing) in 38 plays Friday night.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
6A State Playoffs
LITTLE ROCK PARKVIEW 0
Parkview 0 0 0 0 — 0
Greenwood 21 22 0 2 — 45
Gwd — Smith 39 run (Jones kick), 9:32.
Gwd — Smith 38 run (Jones kick), 6:32.
Gwd — Garnes 21 run (Jones kick), 2:24.
Gwd — Smith 8 run (Jones kick), 9:23.
Gwd — Jones 16 run (Jones kick), 9:14.
Gwd — Smith 14 run (Moore run), 7:50.
Gwd— Safety, :30.
First Downs 7 19
Rushes-Yards 37-62 40-324
Passing Yards 0 34
Comp-Att-Int 0-1-1 5-6-0
Punts-Avg. 6-31 2-27
Fumbles-Lost 5-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 0-0 2-16
RUSHING — Parkview, Parker 17-57, Marbley 3-18, Roberson 1-2, James 1-0, Green 2-0, Berry 12-(minus-4), Team 1-(minus-9). Greenwood, Smith 11-149, Garnes 6-82, Allen 8-39, Martin 1-25, Jones 1-17, Palmer 4-9, Leonard 2-7, Sherrouse 5-1, Chittenden 1-(minus 3), Watson 1-(minus-2).
PASSING — Parkview, Berry 0-1-1-0. Greenwood, Burgess 3-4-0-23, Wheeler 2-2-0-11
RECEIVING — Parkview, none; Greenwood, Jones 1-13, Hughes 1-12, Hasley 1-9, Padilla 1-1, Allen 1-(minus-1).