NEEDLES, Calif. — With yet another dominating performance, the Parker football team improved to 4-0 this season with a 44-13 drubbing of Needles on Friday.
The Broncs have outscored their opponents 142-50 through four games this season.
“They're extremely well-coached team and a tough bunch,” said head coach Jeston Lotts of Needles. “We're very proud of what our boys brought to the table tonight and it's just a testament to what we've done."
Last season, Needles defeated Parker 38-8 at Joe Bush Stadium.
Parker took control right out of the gate on Friday, scoring on its first possession of the night with a rushing touchdown by senior Manuel Najera. The Broncs added a two-point conversion on a run by junior Uriah Martinez.
On Needles' first possession, the Mustangs drove into Parker territory, but a toss play resulted in a fumble recovery for the Broncs’ defense.
The very next play, junior quarterback Fabian Lamas connected with senior Christian Lopez for a 53-yard touchdown pass. Another successful two-point try extended Parker’s lead to 16-0.
Later in the first quarter, after Needles picked up a fumble in Parker territory, the Mustangs found themselves inside the red zone.
Needles quarterback Nathan Parker forced a throw into coverage and it was picked off by Najera inside the 15-yard line and nearly returned for a touchdown, with Najera going out around the 10-yard line.
The Broncs capitalized on the field position and promptly extended their lead to 22-0 with touchdown run by junior Emanuel Alaniz on the next play.
In the second quarter, Martinez added another touchdown on a six-yard rush to but Parker up 30-0 after the Broncs forced another turnover on the previous possession.
Needles got on the board with a touchdown just before halftime to trim the lead to 30-7.
Midway through the third, a long punt return plus a penalty set up Parker at the Mustangs’ 14-yard line. The Broncs took advantage of the short field and punched it in on the next play with Martinez’s second TD rush of the night. Lamas converted the two-point conversion with a keeper to the left side.
The Mustangs responded with a touchdown drive of their own, capped by a quarterback sneak by Parker. The Broncs’ lead was 38-13 after the two-point try was no good.
Parker put the game out of reach in the fourth with a lengthy drive which culminated in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Lamas to Alaniz to cap the scoring.
"To be tough and to grind stuff out and to know that success will come way or another is what we preach to these kids, not wins and losses," said Lotts. "We've taken these steps for about four years now and each year we've gotten better. This is the pinnacle of what the seniors four years ago started."
On Friday, the Broncs will take on Antelope Union (1-1) on the road at 7 p.m.