Harris has a hand in 7 TDs as Parrish wins big
by Ricky Taylor
Oct 13, 2012 | 998 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PARRISH — Parrish's Jermichael Harris had a hand in seven touchdowns to lead Parrish to its first region win, a 62-36 win over Brilliant, at Harland-Nelson Stadium Friday night.

Harris racked up 277 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries and also completed 4 of 6 passes for another 74 yards and two touchdowns.

Homecoming night in Parrish started slowly as both teams only managed three and outs on their first possessions of the game. Parrish's defense again held Brilliant to another three and out on their second drive, sparking their offense to life.

Spencer Piper opened the drive with a huge 14-yard run up the middle and Jermichael Harris capped the drive four plays later with a 58-yard touchdown run, the first of five that he would score on the ground on the evening. The two point conversion attempt would fail, leaving the Tornados with an early 6-0 lead.

The Tiger offense could only muster one yard on three plays on their next drive before the Parrish defense was able to force a punt. The Tornado offense would then drive into Brilliant territory before turning the ball over on downs. Another three and out by the Tigers would bring the 1st quarter to an end.

After a Brilliant punt, Harris would take the first offensive play of the second quarter for the Tornadoes on a 59-yard touchdown run to take a 12-0 lead. The two point conversion attempt by Parrish was again no good.

On the ensuing drive, Brilliant decided to open up its passing game in an attempt to get the offense invigorated. Unfortunately for the Tigers, this plan would backfire. Chance Key's fourth pass of the game was intercepted by Marcus Harris and returned over 60 yards for the touchdown. The two point conversion again failed, leaving the Parrish lead at 18-0 with 8:43 left in the first half.

On the following drive, Brilliant finally found their offensive rhythm, driving 84 yards for a touchdown. The drive was dominated by Key's running and passing, as he completed four passes on the drive, including a 41-yard touchdown strike to a wide open Seth Nelson. The two point try was stopped short by the Tornadoes making the lead 18-6 with 5:17 still remaining in the half.

The Tiger offense must have sparked their defense, as they held Parrish to a quick three and out. Brilliant then went in a long drive that all but drained the remaining time left in the first half. The turning point of the game would come, however, when Christopher Evans intercepted a deflected pass inside Parrish's own two yard line. The interception came on a tipped Key pass on second and goal with only 0:18 remaining in the 2nd quarter.

Jermichael Harris then turned back on the show. On what should have been a simple quarterback sneak to avoid a safety and ensure the lead until halftime, Harris decided to shrug off the entire Brilliant defense, stammer into their secondary and then turn on the after burners, scorching the Tigers defense for a 98 yard touchdown run.

The two point conversion would fail, leaving the Tornado lead at 24-6 at halftime.

The fireworks would continue in the second half, as Parrish got off to a quick start this time, taking the opening drive 54 yards for the touchdown. This time the score came via the Harris to Harris connection, as Jermichael found Marcus for a 30 yard touchdown. Jermichael then took the quarterback keeper to achieve the first two point conversion of the game and increase the Tornado lead to 32-6.

The Tiger offense came out potent as well, driving from their own 23 yard line all the way into Parrish territory before Marcus Harris stole another Key pass out of the air. The return would set up the Tornadoes at the Brilliant 44 yard line after ten yards were marked off for holding during the return.

Parrish (3-4, 1-4) again found the Tigers defense lacking, converting the turnover into a touchdown when Jermichael Harris found Spencer Piper from 12 yards. The two point conversion was no good, making the lead now 38-6.

Brilliant (2-5, 1-4) special teams found their moment to shine on the ensuing kickoff as Duncan Henderson took the kick 73 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 38-12.

But Parrish found a way to answer right back, just as they had all night. Jermichael Harris would again find the end zone to cap the next drive, this time on a 28 yard run from scrimmage. The two point conversion by Spencer Piper made the lead 46-12 Tornadoes.

Brilliant would get another huge special teams play, as the kickoff was returned by Ronald Sutliff all the way to the Parrish 19 yard line. Three plays later the Tigers would cut the lead to 46-18 on a 7-yard run by Key. The two point conversion was good, leaving a 46-20 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

The Tigers would score two more touchdowns, but each time Parrish had an answer, holding on for a 62-36 win in a wild shootout for two teams that rarely pass.

The Tigers were led by Key, who passed for 126 yards hitting on 10 of 19 attempts for 1 touchdown, but giving up three interceptions. He also carried the ball for 93 yards in 22 carries.