HENDERSONVILLE - Beech running back Ja’Sean Parks was an animal on the ground Friday night, showcasing his talents for all of Middle Tennessee to see on WUXP for the MyTV30 Game of the Week.
Parks carried his team to 7-0 by rushing for a game-high 269 yards on 33 carries and four touchdowns in a 35-21 victory over Hillsboro.
“My offensive line was working tonight,” Parks said of his career night. “Without those guys, I am nobody. They made my night. We had those numbers. Those numbers don’t belong to just me.”
After coughing up his first fumble of the season that led to a Burro touchdown to cut the Beech lead to 14-7 midway through the third quarter, Parks bounced back the way his head coach knew he would.
“It’s all about the next play with us,” Parks said. “Our next play is the best play. Coach always reminds me that good things are going to happen and to not worry about the last play.”
“[Parks] ran his tail off tonight,” Beech head coach Anthony Crabtree said. “He is a warrior and loves carrying the football. He can get knocked down, and I can get on to him, and I know he will respond. He really ran his tail off tonight.”
Coach Crabtree’s comments sat well with Parks.
“That is all love right there with coach,” he said. “I love that I have his trust with the football.”
Up 7-0 with eight minutes left in the third quarter, Brian Colon broke through the Hillsboro up-backs blocking a Burro punt before Adrian Johnson scooped-and-scored from the 5-yard line.
“I felt like we won the kicking game, minus the bad punt block we gave up,” Crabtree said. “It was big to win those tonight.”
With Beech leading 21-7 thanks to Parks’ second touchdown of the night, Hillsboro seized some momentum on the Bucs’ next offensive possession when they scooped-and-scored a blocked punt from Kolby Phillips midway through the third quarter. The score was Phillips’ second of the game.
Parks finished off the game with two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the nail in the coffin from 35-yards out with 1:48 left in the game.
“I like the fact that we play hard every game,” Crabtree said of what has impressed him most through seven weeks. “I like our effort, our confidence and no we are not playing mistake-free football, but we are still trying to get better. I thought our guys did a great job of keeping their composure tonight. A win is a win, and I’m happy for these seniors.”
Beech (7-0, 3-0) will enter a well-earned bye week at 7-0 before playing Station Camp on Oct. 18.
“We just need to continue to work on the fundamentals,” Crabtree said. “Blocking, tackling, taking care of the football, lining up right, snaps, those sort of things. I liked the way we played with physicality tonight.”
Hillsboro (3-4, 1-2) will play Thursday night at Cane Ridge.