Senior accounts for 347 yards, 4 TDs in Cowboys win
Sept. 5, 2011 at 4:05 a.m.
14 carries, 283 yards, 4 TDs, 20.2-yard average
4 receptions, 84 yards, 1 touchdown, 21-yard average
3 for 56 yards, 1 TD, 18.7-yard average
2 for 89 yards, 1 TD, 44.5-yard average
506 yards, 22-yards per touch
EDNA - Devin Parks made the most of his opportunities against the Richmond George Ranch JV.
The Edna senior touched the ball 14 times and accounted for 347 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-10 win over a Class 4A team that included a number of juniors.
Parks had nine carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns, had two catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, fair caught a punt before running 90 yards for a touchdown on the next play, and returned a punt 40 yards.
"He's just a good football player," said Edna coach Mike Pierce. "His previous years he's been taught how to play football. He carries himself well on the field."
Parks transferred to Edna from El Campo last spring, after rushing for 1,325 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Ricebirds last season.
Parks won the Class 2A 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet and ran the anchor leg on Edna's 800-meter relay team that finished third.
He missed the first week of two-a-days while competing in the national AAU meet in New Orleans. Parks ran the third leg for the gold-medal winning 400 relay team from the Houston area.
The relay team also finished fifth after having exchange problems in the national Junior Olympics meet in Wichita, Kan.
"It was fun," Parks said. "I got to travel and go different places. It also helped me pick up my speed for football."
Parks had very little trouble learning the Edna offense, which he found almost identical to the offense at El Campo.
"It wasn't hard at all," he said. "It's the exact same thing, they just call the plays differently. We run the same plays, we just have different names for them."
Pierce wasn't worried about Parks fitting into the offense, especially since Edna has so many other threats.
"We're very similar in what we're doing," Pierce said. "I believe in running the football first. The good thing is we have a lot of people we can give the ball to and Devin's a part of that production.
"We have other guys who can make things happen," he added. "The pleasant surprise has been the offensive line."
The Cowboys were without all-state lineman Mac Long, who was nursing a sprained ankle, and still rushed for 233 yards against George Ranch.
"They can get after it," Parks said of his line. "Since the first scrimmage they've picked it up a lot."
Parks gained 93 yards and scored two touchdowns despite having only five carries in Edna's 42-7 season-opening win over Needville.
But as long as the Cowboys are winning, he has no complaints.
"It doesn't matter at all," he said. "I'm just going to make the most of my opportunities."
Around the area
Ganado could move into the No. 1 spot in the state Class 1A poll, which will be released Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday. The Indians were No. 2 last week and received seven first-place votes before defeating Jackson County rival Industrial 33-13. No. 1 Canadian lost 24-18 to Meade, Kan., the state's defending Class 2A champion.
Yorktown coach Trey Alexander earned his first win as the Wildcats' rolled to a 55-0 victory over Agua Dulce. Yorktown hosts undefeated Nixon-Smiley on Friday.
Shiner St. Paul extended its winning streak to 16 games with a 59-0 shellacking of San Antonio Cornerstone.
Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361- 580-6588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.