Fumble goes right way for U-High late in victory over Parkview

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BATON ROUGE – Three times, University Lab had fumbled and turned it over to Parkview Baptist, one of which led directly to a touchdown.

The fourth Cub fumble took a fortituous bounce, right back to quarterback Tanner Lawson.

Ball in hand, Lawson then went around the right side and ran 44 yards for a touchdown as University Lab defeated Parkview Baptist 34-20 Thursday night.

Both teams are 3-2. U-High improved to 2-0 in District 7-3A play.

U-High raced to an early 20-0 lead and seemed on their way to an easy victory, but Parkview scored a pair of touchdowns in the final minute of the first half – one on a 34-yard fumble return by Kobi Miller – to pull within 20-13 at halftime.

The teams exchanged second-half touchdowns, with U-High scoring on a 1-yard plunge by LSU defensive line commitment Jaquelin Roy, before Lawson’s heads-up play with 6:45 remaining made it a two-score game.

Besides his touchdown run, Lawson completed 18 of 21 passes for 302 yards, including an 84-yard touchdown pass to Jardin Gilbert on the Cubs’ second play from scrimmage. Gilbert finished with 132 yards on six catches.

Parkview running back C.J. Golden had 103 yards rushing, while U-High’s Derrick Graham had 109 yards on the grounds, including an 82-yard score.

The Cubs outgained the Eagles 437-195.

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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