Parrish coach Jarrod Wooten understands why.
The Wildcats won their sixth straight game on Friday night, beating the Tornadoes 49-16 at Fultondale’s Wildcats Field.
Fultondale took control early and built a 29-8 halftime lead. The Wildcats cruised through the second half to earn the victory.
“I think they are the second-best team we’ve played behind Marion County,” Wooten said. “They are very deep and have a lot of athletes.”
Parrish had a few highlight in the game.
Spencer Piper had his best outing of the season running the ball, picking up 108 yards and both Parrish touchdowns on 15 carries. He had a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 12-yard run in the fourth.
He also had a long touchdown run called back due to a penalty.
Jermichael Harris also rushed for 86 yards on 16 attempts and completed 4 of 10 passes for another 26 yards.
Parrish (5-5) closes the season with an even record in Wooten’s first year. The Tornadoes just missed the playoffs, finishing one game behind Hubbertville, which took the region’s fourth playoff spot.
“We’d obviously like to have the Hubbertville game back. We played that game early in the season when we were trying to sort through some issues and get things going in the right direction,” Wooten said.
Parrish led Hubbertville by 18 points in the fourth quarter only to lose 31-25.
“If we could go back and play Hubbertville and Berry, we may not beat them, but I don’t think it would be the same as it was,” Wooten added.
Parrish excelled in the second half of the season after moving Harris to quarterback. The Tornadoes won three straight games before falling to the Wildcats Friday night.
“This Fultondale game was a measuring stick for us. It showed what we need to work on — we’ve got to get to work in the weight room,” he added.