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Parker 21, Ramsay 0: Herd defense dominates in third straight victory

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Parker vs. RamsayParker converted two turnovers into 14 points in less than a minute and its defense dominated all night as the Herd blanked Ramsay 21-0 in Class 5A, Region 5 action at Lawson Field Thursday night.

The Herd (4-2, 2-2) held Ramsay (3-3, 1-3) to 125 total yards and has allowed only two points in the last three games.

D’Ante Sims recovered a fumble at the Ramsay 25 late in the first quarter and the Herd took advantage with Jacob Millhouse connecting with Eugene Minter on a 17-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal on the final play of the first quarter.

Parker’s Justin Brown then intercepted Ramsay’s Brandon Lewis on the first play of the second quarter and returned the theft 17 yards to the 1. Corey Dudley scored on the next play for the 14-0 cushion.

The Parker offense, which managed only 221 total yards, put together its only real drive of the night to start the second half, driving 62 yards in seven plays with Millhouse throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Minter to with 8:51 left in the third quarter.

Ramsay starting quarterback Baniko Harley, who missed all of the last game after injuring his shoulder in the second quarter of the Wenonah loss, came off the bench midway through the second quarter and played the rest of the way.

— Play of the Game: In a defensive struggle from the start, Brown made the play of the game when he stepped in front of Lewis’ pass and came just a yard short of returning it for a touchdown.

— By The Numbers: Minter finished with seven catches for 79 yards. …Parker rotated quarterbacks Millhouse, a junior, and sophomore Javonte’ Hurst. …Parker allowed only 37 yards rushing on 24 attempts. …Ramsay’s Matt Kenty had two quarterback sacks and another stop behind the line of scrimmage. …Ramsay turned the ball over four times.

— Game ball: Brown and Jalen Newton both came up with huge interceptions for a ball-hawking Herd defense.

— Coachspeak: “I’m very pleased. Our defense played lights out all night long. We tried to play it one snap at a time and to play hard on every play. We did that tonight. Our defense was lights out. The last three weeks we’ve played great on defense. We’re so young on offense that our defense has to carry us like it did tonight.”  — Parker coach Andre Robinson.

— They Said It …: “I kind of knew it. I kind of lulled the quarterback to sleep right there. I was watching him with my eyes and I knew he was going to come my way. I kind of predicted it. Plus, we got the shutout. We got one against Fairfield and we wanted to come out here and prove ourselves to Ramsay.” — Newton.

“It was a good play. It set the tone for the whole defense. I tried to score. We just fight hard and listen to our coaches so we can make plays like that. We played our keys. I saw that one coming. I just had to use my hands, my eyes and my vision and tried to make that touchdown. We got the win and that’s all that matters. After those losses, we went back to the drawing board, and practiced and practiced and practiced.” — Brown.

“Big-time players have to step up and make big-time plays. My team needed me to step up tonight. I had to make some big plays for us.” — Minter.

— Next week:  Parker will host Corner while Ramsay will travel to Carver.

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