Parrish closes out season with loss to Fultondale
by Ricky Taylor
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Parrish football coach Sam McCorkle closed out his first season with the Tornadoes with a 55-8 loss to Fultondale on Thursday. Parrish dressed just 11 players out for the game. The Tornadoes finished 1-9 this season. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish football coach Sam McCorkle closed out his first season with the Tornadoes with a 55-8 loss to Fultondale on Thursday. Parrish dressed just 11 players out for the game. The Tornadoes finished 1-9 this season. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — Eleven players.

That is all a football team is allowed to play at one time. No more and certainly no less.

On Halloween night in Parrish, that is exactly the number of young men who dressed out as Tornado's.

Playing every play — on both sides of the ball — without a substitution, these young men fought valiantly to the end, falling to a full — and very talented — Fultondale team, 54-8.

From the opening kickoff, Fultondale's superiority was on display, as the ball rode a strong tailwind out of the south straight out of the north end zone. Parrish would then proceed backwards from their own 20 down to the 7-yard line on three consecutive plays. The punt on fourth down would only travel 22 yards, setting the Wildcats up with a first and 10 from the Tornado 32-yard line. The 22-yard punt would turn out to be the longest of the night for Parrish.

Fultondale would not waste any time as Brandon Lewis took the first play for a touchdown on a run off right tackle. The extra point gave the Wildcats an early 7-0 lead.

After an exchange of fumbles, the Tornadoes were able to drive into Fultondale territory. Just as a personal foul penalty for roughing the passer had Parrish poised to score, the Wildcats Derek Polland intercepted a pass and returned it over 60 yards for a touchdown. The pick 6 and extra point would make the score 14-0 with over four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

That is when it all started to unravel for the Tornadoes. Before the first quarter had expired, Parrish produced a three and out with a four-yard punt and turned the ball over for a second time on a lost fumble. Both missteps were converted by the Wildcats, first on a 27-yard touchdown run by Brandon Lewis to take 21-0 lead, then on a 5-yard run by JeMarcus Collins to go up by four touchdowns.

The first quarter would end with Parrish's third fumble, which Fultondale would convert on a 19-yard touchdown run by Jared Stewart on the opening play of the second quarter. The extra point attempt failed, leaving the score at 34-0.

Two consecutive three and outs by the Tornadoes led to two more Wildcat first half touchdowns, one on a 43-yard reception by Derrick Houston off a pass by Jason Clark. The other was a thrilling 72-yard run by Benjamin Chaney to give Fultondale a 48-0 lead at halftime.

Turnovers would be an issue on this rainy Halloween night in the second half of the game as well.

The first series of the second half saw a lost fumble by Fultondale, which was converted by Parrish into the teams’ only score. The 30-yard drive was capped by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Trevian Sherer to Isaac Robinson. Sherer converted the two-point attempt on a sweep to the right, to cut the Wildcat lead to 48-8.

Chaney would add another touchdown run on Fultondale's only offensive series in the fourth quarter, taking the ball 55 yards for the score. That would be the games last score as Parrish would turn the ball over on downs as time expired.

Fultondale's defense was outstanding in the horrid weather, holding Parrish to 32 total offensive yards, 8 rushing and 24 passing. Sherer led the Tornadoes with all their rushing and passing yards, while Isaac Robinson had all of their receiving yards.

By contrast, the Wildcat offense rushed for over 180 yards and passed for more than 40 more. Fultondale was led by Chaney, who rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries. Lewis added 62 yards and two scores on only three carries.