Malcom Parrish, Brooks County
TOUGH AS NAILS
MALKOM PARRISH HAS BEEN DEEMED A TOUGH player and his demeanor on and off the field reflects that. Parrish is one of the best players in the state, a 5-foot- 9, 185-pound future college cornerback who
doubles as the Trojans’ quarterback. Parrish committed to Georgia
in early June, but his loyalty is still with his high school team.
“I’ve just been working out a lot and getting started with spring
“We were pretty good last year,” Parrish said. “It didn’t end the
practice,” Parrish said. “Things are going well and I’m looking for-
ward to my senior season.”
Brooks County finished with a 12-1 record last season, but Par-
rish wasn’t too boastful due to the fact the Trojans’ season ended
with a 49-14 loss to Calhoun in the state playoffs.
way we planned, but I think we can do pretty well this season.”
LAMAR COUNTY COUNTDOWN
The past two seasons at Lamar County ended with identical
records while having two different coaches roaming the sideline.
Jason Strickland led the Trojans to a 12-1 record in 2011, ad-
vancing to the quarterfinals before falling to Appling County in a
35-33 heartbreaker. Strickland left for Fitzgerald in the offseason,
with Franklin Stephens taking his place at Lamar County.
The highly successful results maintained. Last season, Stephens
led the team to the same record, but took them one step further to
the semifinals. It was Calhoun that ended that run, another close
game where Lamar fell by seven points.
Is 2013 the year for the Trojans to finally achieve the ultimate
goal? Armed with a handful of high-level players, the roster looks
capable of making another bid for the championship. Quarterback
Will Anderson will lead the offense, while super athletes Lance
Austin, Lawrence Austin and Qua Searcy should make plays all over
the field. The further you advance in the tournament, the tougher it
gets. But the past two years have taught Lamar about disappointment. This season could provide a lesson in winning.
CLAMOR FOR CALHOUN
Everybody already knows Calhoun is a powerhouse. But here’s
a few numbers to chew on, as the prominence of Hal Lamb’s program can’t be understated. The Yellow Jackets have won 29 of their
last 30 games. They haven’t had more than one loss since 2008.
They’ve had double digit win totals in every season since 2000. In
Lamb’s 17 seasons in charge, his squad has won nearly 80 percent
of its games. All of that is astounding.
Perhaps the only knock on the program is the fact that all of that
winning has produced only one state championship, with many
good runs ending with a loss to Buford when both schools were in
2A. On five occasions, Calhoun has fallen in the title game, including last season’s loss to the Jefferson Dragons. That speaks to how
hard it is to win it all.
Led by wideout Tydrus Curtis, running back Alex Urbino and
offensive lineman Katrova Dew, look for Calhoun to continue the
good work. Hey, when it comes to winning the state title, you’ve got
to get there first. Calhoun has shown it knows the way.
QB Davion Anderson
QB Will Anderson
RB Kawon Brown
WR Tydrus Curtis
WR Deric Herring
TE Jahmai Jones
OL Jake Edwards
OL Sam Schmal
OL Katrova Dew
DL Josiah Coatney
DL Mekhi Brown
DL D’Vontae Bedford McIntosh County Aca.
DL Luther Jones
LB Duranta Dunson
DB Tavon Ross
DB Lance Austin
DB Lawrence Austin
DB Grant Haley
DB Qua Searcy
ATH Malkom Parrish
TOP 5 TEAMS
1CALHOUN: The Yellow Jackets nar- rowly missed a
2LAMAR COUN TY: The Trojans return plenty of talent, especially in the defen-
sive backfield with standouts Lance Austin,
Lawrence Austin and Qua Searcy.
3BROOKS COUNTY: Versatile athlete Malcolm Parrish is one of the best
football players in not only the state, but the
4LOVETT: The Lions look to build on last season’s quarterfinals appearance in
the state playoffs.
5HEARD COUNTY: The Braves lost only once in 2012, and with Duranta Dunson
and Jake Edwards returning, look for them
to once again compete for the crown.