That was not the case at Berry. The Purple Tornadoes know exactly what hit them. They were hit by a Tank.
Terrance "Tank" Hollingsworth to be specific. The all-state, do everything, workhorse running back for the Berry Wildcats was just too much for Parrish to handle. Hollingsworth rushed for 225 yards on 27 carries, reaching the end zone twice, to lift the Wildcats to a 28-14 victory.
While Parrish knew they faced an uphill challenge in stopping Hollingsworth, they were somewhat surprised by the defensive effort put forth by the Wildcats. Berry held the Tornadoes’ own do-it-all star, Jermichael Harris, to just 72 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown.
Parrish would only gain 7 yards passing as a team. If you don't count Harris, the Purple Tornadoes accounted for only 19 yards on the ground and one score. The Wildcat defense also came up with the play of the game, recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to help preserve the victory.
Parrish struggled against the Wildcat defense from the beginning, going for just 13 yards on the games’ opening drive before being forced to line up for a punt. Jermichael Harris dropped back in punt formation but fumbled the snap. Harris was able to recover and scramble for a 4 yard gain but it was still not enough for the first down.
Berry took over near midfield and ran the ball to Hollingsworth on the Wildcat option for a 26 yards gain. The Wildcats would use five more plays to power the ball into the end zone on a quarterback keeper by Maken Potter. Hollingsworth added the two point conversion to take the 8-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter.
Both defenses then began jostling for superiority, with Berry relenting the next touchdown with 8:07 left in the first half on a 16-yard touchdown run by Jermichael Harris. The touchdown was set up by a personal foul on the previous play, a face mask penalty that took Harris' helmet off. The two point conversion attempt on a run by Reginald Harris failed, leaving Berry an 8-6 lead.
The Wildcats answered with a quick score of their own on the following drive. On the fourth play of the drive, Tank Hollingsworth took the ball on another Wildcat option through a huge hole off right tackle for a 70 yard touchdown. Potter completed a pass to J.C. Finch in the end zone for the two point conversion to make the score 16-6 with 5:47 left in the first half.
The halftime speech in the Parrish locker room must have been a good one as the Tornadoes came out inspired. They held the Wildcats to a quick three and out on the first series of the third quarter and then followed with a scoring drive of their own. Thanks to a shanked punt by Hollingsworth, Parrish started the drive at the Wildcat 30 yard line. Just a few plays later and Reginald Harris was able to scamper in from five yards out. Reginald, one of several Harris' to star for the Tornadoes this year, followed his touchdown run with a successful two point conversion to make the score 16-14. With 5:38 still remaining in the third, spirits were high on the Parrish sideline.
Parrish had the ball with 8:08 left in the game, down by two points, but starting at their own 1-yard line. The first play was a sneak by quarterback Bryant Thomas to give the Tornadoes some breathing room. On the following play, the pitch to Jermichael Harris was fumbled and fell on by a host of Wildcats in the end zone to take a 22-14 lead.
Unfortunately for Parrish that was the games’ critical play. With the failed two point conversion attempt, the lead was only 8, but the life had been taken out of the Tornadoes. Hollingsworth scored his final touchdown from 15 yards out for his second score to take an insurmountable 28-14 lead with 4:28 left in the game.
Parrish was led statistically by Jermichael Harris, who had 72 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown.
Harris also added 6 tackles to complement Parrish's leader, Brodrick Sanders, who had 9 tackles. Roman Howton and Zac Pasley each had eight tackles for the Wildcats.