No. 4 Parrish, No. 5 Lynn open region play
by Johnathan Bentley
Aug 31, 2011 | 1645 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parrish racked up the yardage and lit up the scoreboard in last week’s season opener against Talladega County Central.

And that was without All-State receiver Marcus Harris.

The freshman standout will be in uniform this week as the No. 4-ranked Tornadoes hit the field for their Class 1A, Region 8 opener against the Meek Tigers.

Friday’s game will kick off at 7 p.m. from Parrish’s Harland-Nelson Stadium.

Harris was a game-time decision last week and ended up on the sideline with a broken hand. Parrish (1-0) didn’t miss him against Talladega County Central.

Plenty of Tornadoes picked up the slack led by running back Austin Crowe (167 yards, 3 TDs) and quarterback Jeremy Piper (6-of-9 passing for 188 yards, 3 TDs).

Receiver Kionte Harris also came up big with three catches for 144 yards and three scores.

Meek (1-0) has given Parrish fits each of the last two seasons with narrow losses each year.

The Tigers led going into the fourth quarter last season only to lose 28-22. In 2009, Parrish held on for a 27-22 home win thanks to a last-minute touchdown.

“This game is huge,” first-year coach Jeff Boren said. “We have to get off on the right foot and set the tone in the region. Our main focus this week has been on execution. We are polishing things up, particularly on special teams.”

Though the team will have Marcus Harris back, Reginald Harris will be out this week after suffering an ankle injury against Talladega County Central. Boren said there is no timetable for his return.

Boren praised the Tornadoes’ effort last week.

“The thing I took away from that game was that we’ve got a great group of guys that give effort and never quit. They go hard every play,” he said.

Berry at Lynn

Lynn’s defense stuffed Shoals Christian in the season opener.

The Bears defense will get another test in Week 2 against Berry in the Class 1A, Region 5 opener for both teams.

The game will kick off at 7 p.m. from Lynn’s David Posey Memorial Field.

Last week Berry put 62 points on the scoreboard — the fourth highest total last week — in a rout against Northside.

Only Pinson Valley (69), Highland Home (68) and Bob Jones (66) scored more points last week.

Lynn, which has moved up one spot to No. 5 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll, earned a 20-7 victory over Shoals Christian last week, holding the Flame to 195 yards of offense and forcing a pair of turnovers.

The game was a drastic change of pace form last year’s 57-30 shootout.

“We missed a couple of opportunities early,” Lynn coach Philip Smith said. “We dropped some passes and we had some penalties take away some big gains. Shoals played a lot more physical than they have in the past. In the second half, I felt like our defense had control of the game. We played conservatively on offense. That’s the first time I’ve done that, but I had confidence that our defense could shut them down. That was a good win for us against a tough opponent in Week 1.”

Berry has played Lynn tough over the last 10 years with each team winning five times.

The Wildcats topped Class 3A Northside 62-19 in their opener.

“Berry is a very explosive team. They go four or five guys wide. They are very fast-paced and have an outstanding quarterback,” Smith said.

Lynn relied on quarterback Brody Meeks in its season-opening win.

He threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for another 80 yards and a score. Lynn totaled 362 yards in the game despite limited action from starting running back Dakota Bell.

“He was having some shoulder problems so we limited his carries. He’s feeling better this week. We hope he can have a big night,” Smith added.