Threats emerge in Red’Dogs’ back­field

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOT­BALL -

SPRING­DALE — Red’Dogs coach Zak Clark spoke highly of his sopho­more class dur­ing the spring and summer months.

Run­ning back Dar­rell Parch­man was one of the first names men­tioned when dis­cussing the group, and the shifty sopho­more has al­ready made waves prior to see­ing his first var­sity ac­tion. In July at the South­west Elite 7-on-7 Show­case, Parch­man’s name be­gan to spread.

Lined up along­side se­nior quar­ter­back Layne Hutchins, the run­ning back caught a pass in the flat, stuck his right foot in the ground and juked left, leav­ing de­fend­ers fall­ing out of the play as he trot­ted into the end zone un­touched.

“He catches the ball re­ally well and will be the first run­ning back I’ve had that is a dan­ger­ous threat (catch­ing the ball) out of the back­field,” Clark said.

A fan in the stands at Jar­rell Wil­liams Bull­dog Sta­dium recorded the play. The sev­ensec­ond video was later picked up by a Face­book group, “Foot­ball from Over­time.” Since July 24, it has 190,000 views and more than 2,000 com­ments.

Spring­dale, with one week of fall camp down, feels good about its depth at run­ning back. Ju­nior Gar­rett Vaughan rushed for 443 yards and three touch­downs last season, in­clud­ing a score in Spring­dale’s play­off loss to Bryant. Jonathan Lopez pro­vides a home run threat out of the back­field as well.

“(Parch­man) is pretty elec­tric. He’ll fit into the mix some­where ei­ther at run­ning back or cor­ner,” Clark said. “(Vaughan’s) body is start­ing to change. He’s a smart kid we can do a lot with. He and (Lopez) have both put on some weight and are stronger than they were.”

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