Parkway West football coach Jeff Duncan knew that Rockwood Summit had two dangerous offensive players.
Unfortunately for Duncan, his Longhorns football team did not have any answers for those two players.
Ian McIntosh ran for 135 yards and three scores, while Joe Schenck caught a pair of touchdown passes to lead Summit to a 38-7 victory at Longhorn Stadium on Friday night.
“They made some big plays for them and we had a tough time stopping them,” Duncan said of McIntosh and Schenck.
Summit spoiled the home opener for West, which was playing its first game on the brand new artificial field stadium turf.
McIntosh had just 14 carries, but was the most productive player for a Summit team that generated 338 yards of total offense. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior said he just tried to run tough and not go down with first contact.
“There aren’t many people to compare (McIntosh) to because he does have the combination of power and speed and the ability to cut like a kid we haven’t had in quite awhile,” said Summit coach Mike Bellers, who said it was a “scary game” coming in.
He added that there are still a lot of things his teams “needs to clean up in order to be at the top of the conference.”
Bellers said watching McIntosh can be fun and scary all at the same time.
“He takes some hits, but he doesn’t go down easy,” Bellers said.
Parkway West (1-2) took the opening possession and drove the ball deep into Summit territory, but the drive stalled as the Falcons held on a fourth-and-4. It was the first of three fourth-down stops inside Summit territory as one drive ended in a dropped pass and another opportunity died because of a fumbled snap.
“It’s frustrating,” Duncan said. “We felt comfortable with what we had called. It just comes down to making plays.”
Summit (2-1) had a three-and-out on its first possession, but Cody Edwards’ 53-yard punt helped the Falcons win an early field position battle. After the Falcons defense forced a three-and-out, Summit got the ball back inside West territory.
The excellent field position led to a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Karst to Joe Schenck. Karst finished the night 8-of-15 for 146 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The play was set up by a 31-yard run from McIntosh, who started left but was stopped. He then reversed field, spun out of a tackle and scampered down the right sideline.
“We had a good hit on him, we think the play’s over and he does a great job of keeping his feet and running down the sideline,” Duncan said. “Hats off to him. We knew he was a tough runner coming and we were trying to make somebody besides (McIntosh) beat us.”
The Summit defense again stopped West on a fourth-down play, but a defensive holding penalty kept the drive alive and gave the Longhorns the ball at the Summit 12. Two plays later, it was Ed Carter running it in from three yards out. Carter led the Longhorns with 80 rushing yards on 18 carries.
The Falcons added a pair of scores in the final minutes to grab a 20-7 halftime lead. The first touchdown was a 19-yard run by McIntosh. The key plays on the drive were a 22-yard McIntosh run and a 30-yard pass to a wide-open Nick Bamvakis.
After Anton Clark picked off West quarterback JC DeMuri, Schenck caught his second touchdown of the half. The 6-foot-5 senior leapt high to snare a slant pass away from the defender. Two plays earlier, he outjumped the West cornerback for a 24-yard gain. Schenck finished with three receptions for 51 yards and those two touchdowns.
DeMuri struggled, going 6-of-15 for 37 yards and the interception.
Summit got the ball first in the second half and, on the second play from scrimmage, Luke Hartman weaved his way down the field for a 58-yard score. The touchdown was negated by a holding penalty, but a pair of Hartman receptions of 30 and 16 yards helped set up an impressive 19-yard run from McIntosh. He was stopped in the backfield, but bounced off a couple of tackles before squirting out of the scrum.
“It was all a blur until I got to the open field,” McIntosh said.
The Falcons added to their lead when Carter was stripped by Spencer Mathews, who recorded two of three Summit sacks. That led to a 1-yard plunge from McIntosh.
“We came out in the second half and played football,” Bellers said. “The kids played well.”
Summit added a 22-yard Ben Tesson field goal with 2:47 remaining in the game to cap the scoring.
“It was tough, but a lot of credit goes to them. They’ve got a good football team,” Duncan said. “We feel like we’re a few plays away, on both sides of the ball, from being a good football team. We’ve just got to continue to try to get better.”