Parrish outlasts Cordova in OT
by James Phillips
Sep 29, 2012 | 3279 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parrish’s Jermichael Harris (2) runs against Cordova during their game at Parrish High school on Friday. Harris rushed for 142 yards in the Tornadoes’ 6-0 win. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Parrish’s Jermichael Harris (2) runs against Cordova during their game at Parrish High school on Friday. Harris rushed for 142 yards in the Tornadoes’ 6-0 win. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — After struggling to score for four quarters, it took two plays in overtime for Parrish and Cordova to break a scoreless tie.

The Blue Devils (0-5) took possession to open the extra session only to see Parrish’s Chris Evans knock the ball loose from tailback Zack Smith and the Tornadoes (2-3) recovered the fumble. On the next play, Reginald Harris carried the ball into the end zone from 10 yards out to give Parrish the 6-0 win.

“It felt so good to score that touchdown,” Harris said. “Our defense played great all night. We knew we needed to score, and we did it. The line set up the blocks and I was able to make the score.”

Parrish Head Coach Jarrod Wooten said he was proud of his team for its effort.

“I’m super proud of our guys for surviving,” he said. “These guys fought through a tough game and picked up a win. We needed this one.”

The two rivals have played to a scoreless tie after regulation two other times in 85 games — in 1934 and 1943.

Each of those games ended in a tie. Friday’s game marked the first time in the history of the rivalry that Parrish and Cordova have finished a game in overtime.

“Both teams fought hard,” Wooten said. “I told our guys if we would stop them in overtime that I knew we would score.”

Neither teams’ offense were able to get into a rhythm throughout the game. Parrish finished with 212 total yards, while Cordova gained a total of 187.

Jermichael Harris led the Tornadoes with 142 yards on 15 carries.

Along with scoring the game-winning touchdown, Reginald Harris carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards.

Cordova was led by fullback Andrew Minor, who finished with 105 yards on 23 carries.

Both teams had opportunities to score in regulation. Late in the second quarter,

Parrish drove 80 yards in 12 plays, but was denied when quarterback Bryant Atkins was brought down by several Cordova defenders on fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard-line.

In the fourth quarter, Cordova, behind the running of Smith and Minor, marched down within the Parrish 1-yard-line, but squandered the opportunity when the snap was mishandled.

While Friday’s game was a nonregion game, both teams will return to region play next week.

Cordova (0-3 in Class 3A, Region 7) will host Winston County.

Parrish (0-3 in Class 1A, Region 5) will travel to Pickens County.