It's another year to wait for Parkrose

The Broncos get a taste of a playoff win, but fall to Churchill 34-21
Nov. 1, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Parkrose senior Nicarrio Reliford, left, reacts to the final minute of his high school football career.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The script for the Parkrose High football program could not have been more perfect for Hollywood Friday night.

With its season in the balance, the Broncos forced a fumble and took over at their 1-yard-line, with 2:49 left in the game and back-up quarterback Marques Brown under center.

Trailing by just six points, 27-21, the team just needed 99 yards and an extra point to pull off a historic win.

It took just two plays for the drama to fade. After a two-yard run, Brown fumbled the snap and then fumbled while trying to gain precious yards. Churchill took over at the 3 and went up 34-21 on a 1-yard run by sophomore Justin Kearney.

The win moved the Lancers to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs and was the program's 29th victory in 28 playoff appearances. Churchill's players can still dream of winning the school's second state title.

With the loss, the Broncos remained winless in five playoff appearances, putting it in a tie with Cleveland as the only 0-5 playoff teams in Oregon.

Parkrose played the game without Jonathan Boland, who suffered an injury late in the season and was replaced by Brown. The Parkrose offense accounted for one score, but its defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns midway through the second quarter for a 21-14 halftime lead.

Churchill dominated the second half with a pair of scoring drives, but another ended with a missed field goal and one extra point attempt slipped just under the crossbar to set up the potential dramatic ending.

The Lancers were more than capable on defense, though, holding the Broncos to just one first down through the final two quarters.