Weems scores first career TD in Parrish win
by Ricky Taylor
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Parrish’s Hunter Weems heads to the sideline after scoring a third-quarter touchdown for the Tornadoes in Friday’s 48-22 win over South Lamar. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Parrish’s Hunter Weems heads to the sideline after scoring a third-quarter touchdown for the Tornadoes in Friday’s 48-22 win over South Lamar. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
PARRISH — Lately Harland-Nelson Stadium in Parrish has been the stage for the Jermichael Harris show. Friday night, Hunter Weems would steal the crowd. The senior would lead Parrish to a 48-22 victory.

On Parrish’s first offensive play from scrimmage, Jermichael Harris took the ball on a quarterback sweep for what looked like an easy touchdown, but a shoestring tackle in the Stallions secondary saved the day. Seven plays later, Harris would get his first touchdown from only four yards out. His pass to Marcus Harris was good to convert the two point play and take an 8-0 lead with 4:02 remaining.

On the ensuing drive, the Stallions fumbled the hand off on their first play from scrimmage and a host of Tornadoes came away with it. The Parrish offense would take over at the Stallion 41 yard line and score three plays later on a run by Marcus Harris from three yards out to take a 14-0 lead with 2:25 still left in the first quarter.

The following drive was a quick three and out for the South Lamar offense, punting the ball back to the Tornadoes who would take over at midfield. Just five plays later and Jermichael Harris would dance past the defense for another touchdown run off a quarterback sweep, this time from 38 yards away to take a 20-0 lead. Reginald Harris would add the two point conversion to make the deficit 22-0 early in the second quarter.

The next drive would see another South Lamar three and out, but this time in an unusual way.

On third and four, in the midst of a would be ten yard first down run, Stallion running back James Fields was stripped of the ball by Jermichael Harris while falling to the ground making the tackle.

This set Parrish up with a first and ten at their own 45 yard line. Unfortunately for the Tornadoes, they would fumble away the opportunity, giving the ball back to South Lamar at midfield. Parrish’s defense would again meet the challenge and force a punt, taking over the ball at their own 20 yard line after a touchback.

The first play was a Harris to Harris connection as Jermichael found Marcus on an 80 yard touchdown strike. Reginald Harris added the two point conversion to give Parrish the 30-0 lead at halftime.

The second half would start much the same as the first had been played, with more great defense forcing a quick three and out from the Stallions on the opening drive of the half. Parrish would then quickly answer with another version of the Harris connection, this time Jermichael to Reginald for a 14 yard touchdown to take a 36-0 lead.

The kick off was fumbled by Austin Vice on the return for the Stallions and recovered by Parrish on the South Lamar 36 yard line. It was just three plays later that the undersized senior Weems would reinvigorate the crowd. Weems, listed at 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds on the Parrish roster, took the ball for the 20 yard touchdown on a sweep off right tackle. The crowd was so busy celebrating the senior’s first touchdown that many did not notice that Jermichael Harris merely took a knee on the two point conversion, effectively signaling the end of the game.

The Stallions would respond by scoring three touchdowns in the games final 14 minutes to cut Parrish victory to 48-22. Almost all of Tyree yards were the result of hard running by South Lamar running back Hershel Smith, who carried the ball seven times for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the second half, for a total of 174 yards on 14 carries.

The Purple Tornadoes were led statistically by Jermichael Harris, who again accounted for over 300 all purpose yards, carrying the ball 98 yards on 15 attempts with two touchdowns and passing for 223 yards on 8 of 11 completions for three more touchdowns.

Marcus Harris added two touchdown receptions for 112 yards and one rush of 8 yards for a touchdown. Reginald Harris added a touchdown receiving on three catches for 48 yards while also carrying the ball five times for 26 yards. Spencer Piper rushed the ball 16 times for a total of 78 yards while Hunter Weems added a 20 yard score on one carry.

Parrish (5-4,3-4) will close out their season next week on the road at Fultondale.