Parch­man show­ing big-play abil­ity

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -

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.

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