Parker Shaunfield Helping Golden Eagles Score Points
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - One long streak ended, but another was kept alive last weekend for Southern Miss place kicker Parker Shaunfield against UAB.
The Aledo, Texas, native saw a school-record string of consecutive extra points made snapped at 87, after his only attempt against the Blazers was blocked following a Golden Eagle touchdown on the game’s first offensive play.
Shaunfield started his Golden Eagle career by converting that many extra points before his first miss last Saturday. That record bypassed the previous mark of 69 held by Rex Banks, who enjoyed those duties from 1984-86 for Southern Miss.
In 2017, Shaunfield still leads the team in scoring with 55 points, just one tally ahead of senior running back Ito Smith, who has tallied nine touchdowns this season.
While his conversion total on point-after-touchdowns now reads 25-for-26, Shaunfield’s field goal total includes the one streak that he kept alive.
Against the Blazers, Shaunfield converted field goals of 25 and 31 yards. That performance came after registering his career high of four field goals in a game at Louisiana Tech – including a career-long tying 49-yarder – increasing his now converted streak to eight-straight field goals over the last four games.
This, though, is not the longest string of his career as he notched 12 in a row last season, before his first miss. For his career, Shaunfield has now made 24-of-31 field goals.
His prowess in scoring points has helped in the Golden Eagles successes this season. A prime example of this was his 49-yarder at Louisiana Tech two weeks ago, which cut the gap to eight points with 1:23 to play in regulation. After an onside kick, the Golden Eagles went on to score to tie the game and eventually won in double overtime over the Bulldogs.
Shaunfield and the Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to Knoxville for their final regular-season, non-conference game at Tennessee. Game time from Neyland Stadium starts at 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the SEC Network.
Single game and group tickets still remain for the final regular-season home contest, Nov. 18, against Charlotte, and can be purchased by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office, weekdays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Discounts are available for Southern Miss faculty and staff, senior citizens, military personnel, and recent Southern Miss graduates.