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Carver-Birmingham 15, Parker 14: Rams beat Herd for just second time in 33 seasons

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This was one ice water bath Carver coach Rod Carson felt like was well worth the wait.

The Rams doused their head coach with a Gatorade bath, then celebrated like it was 1982.

Sophomore quarterback Chappelle Wade ran for two touchdowns and caught the game-winning 2-point conversion as Carver stunned Parker 15-14 in Class 5A, Region 5 action at Parker Thursday night.

It was Carver’s first win over the Herd (5-3, 3-3) since 2006 and only its second since 1982. The Rams (4-4, 3-3) are now 2-23 in the last 25 meetings.

Trailing 14-7 early in the fourth quarter, Parker was punting from its own 46 when the snap sailed over the punter’s head for a 33-yard loss.

Taking over at the Herd 13, Wade called his own number three plays later and scored on a 5-yard run with 9:03 remaining. Rather then try the tying extra point, the Rams used a little razzle dazzle with wide receiver DeAnthony Threatt throwing to a wide-open Wade for the conversion.

Parker got the ball back three more times, but never crossed midfield. It’s final possession ended with Dedrick Powell intercepting a Jacob Millhouse pass.

Wade also gave Carver an early 7-0 lead on a 4-yard run.

Parker’s Corey Dudley rushed for 161 yards on 15 carries and a pair of touchdowns. His 55-yard run tied the game at 7-7 with 4:26 left in the first quarter and his 10-yard run gave the Herd a 14-7 lead with 3:44 left in the third quarter.

— Play of the Game: Wade came up with several key plays when the Rams needed them most, but the play of the game came on Parker’s final possession when Tadarrius Pattersondown Herd running back Christopher Alexander for a 15-yard loss, forcing the Herd into a 3rd-and-25 from its own 33.

— By The Numbers: Patterson had two quarterback sacks for 16 yards in losses and a stop behind the line for minus-15 yards. …Wade ran for 25 yards on 14 carries and completed 12-of-18 passes for 119 yards. …Joshua Jones had a 68-yard catch to set up Carver’s first touchdown and finished with four catches for 85 yards, all in the first half. …Parker finished with 212 total yards while Carver had only 188, including only 63 in the second half.

— Coachspeak: “This feels great. The kids really deserved to win this game. You know this is only like the third time we’ve beaten them in more than 30 years. This is the one we wanted. We had to go for the 2-point conversion because we were on the road. Our offense made plays when we needed them to, and our defense was fantastic. It’s probably the best defense around here in the last 15 years.” — Carson.

— They Said It …: “We finally came together as a team. Coach kept preaching to us all week how we hadn’t beaten Parker only twice in 30 years. We wanted this game. We played the way we were supposed to play. Once we got the lead, I just kept imagining in my head it was 0-0.” — York.

“I saw the safety switch sides so I changed the play. He could have run it in himself instead of throwing it to me I was so wide open. This game means so much to me and a lot of people. My mother didn’t want me to come to Carver, but I’ve been playing with these kids my whole life. This is why I came here. I can here to help us change.” — Wade.

— Next week:  Parker will travel to winless Dora while Carver will host Fairfield.

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