Ted Silary: Germantown's Parks makes most of small gains

Will Parks (right) and father William McLeod sport Pitt T-shirts, the college that has given Parks a scholarship.
Will Parks (right) and father William McLeod sport Pitt T-shirts, the college that has given Parks a scholarship. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KELLY COTTLE)
Posted: October 11, 2011

Passing along some city high school football tidbits . . .

Germantown's Will Parks already owned a scholarship to Pittsburgh for his cornerbacking skills and major respect for his pass-catching prowess.

Then, as the Bears on Friday claimed a 24-12 win over visiting Northeast, the defending Public AAAA champ, he may have set an off-the-wall city record as a rusher.

Parks posted three touchdowns while ringing up the not-so-grand total of 7 yards (on five carries). The scores covered 1, 1 and 3 yards.

Wait. Didn't Ackeno Robertson rush for 161 yards? Didn't Aaron "Snook" Boyd add another 129? Indeed. But almost any time the Bears are inside the 10, coach Mike Hawkins goes with the "heavy load" offense and the earth basically shakes.

Even the fullback in front of Parks (6-1, 175) is a lineman, Brandon Thornton.

"As soon as Hawk calls for the heavy load, I go right to tailback," Parks said. "I've spent a lot of time at all kinds of positions through the years, so I'm comfortable there. If my number gets called, I just try to get the ball into the end zone. Same way when I'm at receiver; I do my job there with catches that give us yards and first downs.

"We're a team. We all complement each other. Ackeno and Snook got all those yards and I got the three TDs. Everybody understood."

As mentioned in this column last week, Germantown's goal-line offense features grunts averaging 291.6 pounds thanks to center Tahir West (260), guards Steve Waddell (288) and Jordan Morgan (275), and tackles Kwame Miller (390) and Diamir Baker (245). Thornton, a guard starter, goes 215. Donovan Winkler (225) is also a regular guard.

Almost without fail, the Bears have avoided procedure calls.

"At practice, that's always the first thing the coaches talk about," Parks said. "If you jump offsides, you have to do a 110-yard sprint."

Parks has been in regular contact with members of Pitt's coaching staff. He said they advise him to "keep killin' 'em on the field" and that they "can't wait" for him to get there.

Parks this season owns 17 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns, along with a trio of interceptions.

"I'm going into Pitt for cornerback," he said, "but maybe they'll take an overall look at me. Wherever they want to put me, I'll be fine with it."

Especially if that spot is behind more beef than can be found at any Philly-area McDonald's. Maybe all combined.

Sparingly, Penn Charter's John Moderski played cornerback vs. Carroll with padded casts on both hands. Earlier he broke his right hand, then recently broke a finger on his left. When kidded at one point about being tackleless, he said, "I'm trying. They're not running my way" . . . Malvern running back PJ Finley is the grandson of the late Ray Dooney, who coached PC to seven Inter-Ac titles (four outright) from 1956 to '69 . . . Matt Galambos' seven catches vs. Washington were the most for Haverford School since John Decker's eight against Episcopal in the 2004 season finale . . . Against Future, Del-Val was flagged for seven personal fouls en route to 13 penalties for 175 yards . . . For which team do these three guys - Anthony Perretti, Anthony Feliziani and Rich Palazzese - run/catch the ball? Wrong. The answer's Episcopal . . . Dobbins' Daquan "Day-Day" Brown scored 29 points in four ways vs. University City: three rushing TDs, one on a kickoff return, two conversion runs, one kick. He also had two interceptions . . . Wood scored all 57 of its points vs. Mastery Charter in the first half . . . After a Bartram defender draped himself all over an Overbrook receiver, drawing an interference call, someone along the 'Brook sideline hollered, "Next time, get his phone number!!" . . . In the last nine seasons, Lionel Detchou is just the second Franklin player to kick a PAT. Jamel "Redz" Haggins, who hit five total in 2006-07, is now a tight end at Lehigh . . . Star Roman wideout William Fuller, a junior, has been offered a scholarship by Rutgers . . . Comm Tech's James Brunson boasts interceptions in four consecutive games . . . Franklin's Alexander Toledo (5-9, 260) is called "Dump Truck" by his teammates and coaches. When asked whether he likes that nickname, he smiled faintly and said, "I ain't really got a choice" . . . As a car passing Gratz' stadium blasted reggae, a kid on the chain crew asked, "Who's playing that elevator music?" . . . Erik Simmons, son of Bartram assistant James Ockimey, recently suffered a medical setback at Delaware State, but hopes to re-enroll in January. Erik, coached by his dad on William Penn's final football/basketball teams in 2009-10, suffered life-threatening injuries last spring after being thumped by a hit-and-run driver while walking across Broad Street, near Erie. Erik's cousin, Basil Ockimey, plays for 'Brook, Bartram's opponent last Thursday . . . After West Catholic's David Williams ripped off a 77-yard run to McDevitt's 12, the ball was placed back at West's 43 because of three, dead-ball personal fouls.


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