Sterling Heights Parkway Christian senior running back Julian Davis looks to make a play in a Sept. 21 win over Mount Clemens High. At press time, the Eagles were off to their best start since 2010.

Sterling Heights Parkway Christian senior running back Julian Davis looks to make a play in a Sept. 21 win over Mount Clemens High. At press time, the Eagles were off to their best start since 2010.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Parkway Christian football firing on all cylinders

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 3, 2018

 Parkway Christian senior lineman Bryce Perko celebrates a blocked punt return for a touchdown with senior running back Maurice Hutchinson against Mount Clemens. The Eagles’ next game is against Auburn Hills Oakland Christian at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at home.

Parkway Christian senior lineman Bryce Perko celebrates a blocked punt return for a touchdown with senior running back Maurice Hutchinson against Mount Clemens. The Eagles’ next game is against Auburn Hills Oakland Christian at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at home.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FRASER — It’s tough to pinpoint one reason why the Sterling Heights Parkway Christian football team is off to its best start in eight years.

At press time, the Eagles were 5-0 for the first time since 2010. That included a 3-0 record in Michigan Independent Athletic Conference play. 

Parkway Christian has excelled on both sides of the ball. The Eagles have averaged 46.8 points per game, while allowing a paltry 16.6 points per contest. In the last three games, they’ve averaged 43 points per game and allowed only 49 points total in that span.

“It’s just a lot of hard work,” Parkway Christian coach Joe Beck said. “We’ve got a lot of seniors on this team, so they know the playbook just as well if not better than the coaches.”

In a 58-22 Sept. 21 win over Mount Clemens High, the Eagles dressed 17 players — 10 of whom are seniors.

That senior leadership, coupled with a strong rushing game led by senior backs Julian Davis and Maurice Hutchinson and senior quarterback Robert Thompson, has Parkway Christian primed to earn a second straight playoff berth. The Eagles have missed the playoffs once since the start of the 2013 season.

Davis, Hutchinson and Thompson have combined for 2,124 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. The trio averages nearly 425 yards per game and more than 12 yards per carry.

Davis has been especially explosive, as he handles kickoff and punt return duties. The senior back himself averages more than 300 all-purpose yards per game.

“The success the running backs have, it’s because of our offensive line,” Davis said. “We use our speed and strength to get through the holes and get the yards, but the line sets everything up.”

“That’s our three-headed monster,” Beck said. “Those guys know how to get it done. They work so hard. Everybody on our team does. It’s great to see the hard work pay off.”

Beck and Davis hope the team’s strong play continues into the postseason.

Davis said making a deep run in the Division 8 playoffs is all he and his teammates think about.

“We’re going to work to improve every day,” Beck said. “Any success we have in the playoffs will come because of that hard work.”

Parkway Christian’s next game is against Auburn Hills Oakland Christian at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at home.

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