There are quite a few two-sport athletes at the high school level. But you’d be hard pressed to find a three-sport athlete.
Especially one who will be starting at all three. Waxahachie’s Isaiah Parrish is trying to do just that.
The junior played varsity football last season, started the basketball season on the junior varsity level, but left early in the year and then joined the junior varsity soccer team.
He will be an integral part of the football team, will go back to playing basketball and hopes to make the varsity soccer team next year also. But with so many options, the hardest question is simply “what’s your favorite?”
“I’ve got to say football,” Parrish said. “I’ve played football and basketball most of my life, but I really like soccer too.”
Parrish left the basketball program early last season due to the squad’s struggles, but he expects to rejoin them this year and said he has spoken with new head coach Damien Mobley about it.
“He wants me to come back and play and I want to play too,” Parrish said. “But right now I’m focusing on football above the others.”
Parrish got some varsity experience a year ago, but will be starting this year. Perhaps on both sides of the ball. He prefers to play wide receiver, but he has been spending a lot of time in the spring at cornerback.
“I would rather play wide receiver if I had to chose just one, but I think cornerback is the most challenging position on the field,” Parrish said. “Most people don’t even notice cornerbacks until we mess up. So we’ve got to be our best on every play.”
Parrish has had the dubious task of trying to contain Quinn Sargent in practice and he’s had his hands full. But he’s always up for the challenge and he thinks that shows his commitment.
“I’m going to be a senior this year and us seniors have to be leaders,” Parrish said. “These younger guys are looking up to us so we can’t be afraid of a challenge and we have to do all the work we expect them to do.”
He also has been taking some snaps at running back and may contribute at that position as well.
“I like playing running back too. It’s a little more of a contact position though,” Parrish said. “But I like to use my speed a lot more as wide receiver and if I’m fast enough, I don’t have to worry about contact.”
He uses that top class speed at defensive back by giving receivers a bit of a cushion. Then, just when they think they are wide open, he swoops in to pick off a pass.
Parrish and the rest of the Indians kept working during the weekend during a scrimmage game Saturday morning. See who stepped up in the tune up in Tuesday’s Waxahachie Daily Light.
The team has just one more week of spring football practice before the annual Green and White game at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The team will then have a few weeks off before a small 7-on-7 begins later this month with the wide receivers and quarterbacks.