Parrish, O-Line carry West Middlesex past Maplewood @WMBigRedsFB @claytonparrish7 @maplewoodtigers
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Clayton Parrish rushed for 187 and scored five touchdowns as West Middlesex pulled away from Maplewood 41-27 Friday night Guys Mills.
“My performance tonight I owe all to my brothers on the line, as well as the other running backs and wide receivers,” said Parrish. “The play calling was great, and it was just an overall great team effort.”
Parrish scored on runs of 26 and three yards in the half that helped the Big Reds open up an 18-6 halftime advantage.
“We talked about it this week saying we needed a big game from him,” said West Middlesex head coach Mark Means. “He’s one of those guys that when you get him late in the second half, he’s getting the ball because he’s the horse. I’m proud of him the way he ran the football, he is unselfish blocking for his teammates, and I can’t say much more about him he’s unbelievable.”
Both teams scored on long first-quarter touchdown drives as Parrish’s first touchdown capped a 10-play 69-yard drive.
The Tigers responded as quarterback J.D. McFadden scored on a 12-yard keeper following a 10-play 63-yard drive.
West Middlesex’s defense came up with the only defensive stop in the first half forcing a punt. That led to their quarterback Jake Bowen punching it in from a yard out with fifteen seconds left in the half.
Bowen like Parrish had a big game as well for the Big Reds passing for 157 yards while adding 107 on the ground with the score.
Maplewood may have down at halftime, but they indeed weren’t out thanks the McFadden brothers
“This group has been different all year, they respond well,” said Maplewood head coach Bryan Borkovich. “But I told them we needed to win the fourth quarter tonight, and we didn’t. That is something we need to start working towards.”
After taking the second half kickoff, the Tigers pulled to within five points on J.D. McFadden’s 8-yard run.
Maplewood would later take the lead as Chevy Blake blocked a West Middlesex field goal attempt. That set up J.D. McFadden’s 80-yard touchdown pass to his brother Jesse McFadden that gave the Tigers 19-18 lead heading to the fourth.
“My hats off to Maplewood, they have a phenomenal team (J.D.) McFadden is the real deal, and he’s a heck of a quarterback. He is surrounded by guys that are scrappy and hard-nosed, they tested us tonight,” said Means.
However, West Middlesex’s response all but sealed the win.
Jake Bowen completed a 30-yard pass 3rd-and-7 pass to Brandon Smith to the Tigers 15-yard line. Two plays later Parrish scored from three yards out giving them the lead for good.
“We got down in the third quarter, but the kids responded, and that was the key,” said Means. “We wanted to see how we’d do when we got down, they picked it up and responded well.”
The Big Reds defense stepped up and stuffed Blake on 4th-and-2 as Maplewood gambled from their 28-yard line losing four yards. Parrish would later rip off a 20-yard touchdown, before adding a 14-yarder as West Middlesex recovered their poor kickoff.
“We felt it after they scored we’ve gone two games without giving up a touchdown. When they scored we were a little heartbroken,” said Parrish. “But we practice and train all offseason for this; we don’t give up. I was trying to be a leader and to show my teammates never to give up.”
Maplewood capped the scoring as Kaleb Donor returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to the 10-yard line. Blake would score from three yards three plays later.
“We’ve had a lot of inexperience, and it all came out tonight,” said Borkovich. “The first couple of games we got through, but not tonight.”
West Middlesex is back in action next Friday as they make the short trip to clash with also unbeaten and number one ranked Farrell, Maplewood will travel to Cambridge Springs.
Stats courtesy of Ryan Briggs – @professorbriggs
West Middlesex 41 Maplewood 27
Score by Quarters
West Middlesex – 6 12 0 23 – 41
Maplewood – 6 0 13 8 – 27
W – Clayton Parrish 26 yd run (kick failed), 6:20
M – J.D. McFadden 12 yd run (rush failed), 1:46
W – Parrish 3 yd run (rush failed), 10:25
W – Jake Bowen 1 yd run (rush failed), 0:15
M – J.D. McFadden 8 yd run (Hunter Groger pat), 6:46
M – Jesse McFadden 80 yd pass from J.D. McFadden (rush failed) 0:22
W – Parrish 3 yd run (Bowen rush), 9:39
W – Parrish 20 yd run (Parrish rush), 7:03
W – Parrish 14 yd run (Logan Hurley pat), 3:57
M – Chevy Blake 3 yd run (Cam Bienio from J.D. McFadden), 2:33
Rushing: West Middlesex – Parrish 25-187, Bowen 15-107, Zeb Rubaker 3-8, Brandon Smith 3-2. Totals: 46-304. Maplewood – J.D. McFadden 19-95, Blake 11-46, Kaleb Donor 4-18. Totals: 34-159.
Passing: West Middlesex – Bowen 8-for-10 157 yards. Maplewood – J.D. McFadden 4-for-6, 106 yards, 1 touchdown.
Receiving: West Middlesex – Kaz Hoffman 4-78, Brandon Smith 2-33, Parrish 1-42, Dom Stinedurf 1-4. Maplewood – Jesse McFadden 3-98, Bienio.
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