Parchman showing big-play ability
SPRINGDALE — With some football players it can take time for the light bulb to come on. This offseason, that happened for HarBer at a position of need.
Senior receiver Nick Parchman burst onto the scene during spring drills and the Wildcats’ 7-on-7 work as videos of his big-play ability against quality competition circled social media. He’s certainly caught the eye of coach Chris Wood and his staff.
“He’s turned the corner. We’re really pleased with Nick,” Wood said. “He’s gotten better each and every month, and about spring ball his focus, his drive (kicked in) — he’s a really mature player for us. He’s had a great summer and it’s continuing to build.”
The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver is being looked at to help fill the void left by All-State receiver Trey Smith, whose 771 yards and 11 touchdowns far and away led the team last season. Last fall, the Wildcats were 8-0 in games in which Smith found the end zone and 0-3 when he didn’t. A playmaker or two on the edge would help Har-Ber find the balance it wants on offense.
And since last season’s disappointing loss to Bryant in the state quarterfinals, Wood has looked to diversify his offense and slot the best players on the field at key positions alongside junior quarterback Grant Allen. Blaze Brothers, Payton Copher, Logan Collins and others are expected to see time at skill spots, and Parchman is no exception.
“He understands its his senior year, his last time through it and he wants to seize the day,” Wood added. “He’s working at a high level and its paying off when he gets on the field. He has a lot of talent and skill set and now he’s applying the mental side of the game and the details in practice.”
Har-Ber will work through eight more practice days before Bentonville High, North Little Rock and Bixby (Okla.) come to Wildcat Stadium on Aug. 24 for what should be an interesting scrimmage.