THSCA All-Star Football Game: Whitehouse's Parker earns Offensive MVP award
By Mike Foreman, Special to the News-Journal
July 22, 2014 at 11 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO - Whitehouse's Jake Parker caught three passes in the Texas High School Coaches Association 80th All-Star Football Game and they were big ones.
Parker had 78 yards receiving and one touchdown en route to being named the Offensive MVP in the North's 13-7 win before an announced crowd of 8,110 Tuesday night at the Alamodome.
"We had a great week of practice," said Parker, who will play at Tyler Junior College. "It was good. I was just gelling with other teammates. My quarterback threw the ball up and gave me a chance to make a play and I made a play."
Parker caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Klark Ashmore in the second quarter, a 32-yard pass from Tevin Muse in the third quarter, and a leaping 19-yard pass from Klark Ashmore in the fourth quarter.
"They gave me a play and I was just trying to beat my corner," Parker said. "I look up and the ball's in the air. I'm a playmaker and I went up and got it."
Parker was teammates with Kilgore's Clay Wiley, who played on the offensive line, Daingerfield linebacker Calvin Bryant, who had one tackle and broke up two passes, and Longview defensive lineman DeRodrick Alexander, who had one tackle.
Carthage's Blake Bogenschultz started at quarterback for the South. He completed 3 of 10 passes for 61 yards on the field where he will play for Texas-San Antonio.
"In my opinion, Blake's got the "it factor," said South coach Bob Gillis, who is from El Campo. "Playing against in him the semifinals when we beat them at Lamar a couple of years ago, I knew he was good. I knew he was good this year because they won the state championship."
The "it factor" at the all-star game belonged to Parker, who will bring a MVP plaque along with his game watch.
"Man, it feels good to go out on top for the last time," Parker said. "I've had a fun high school career and to end it like this was great."