Arkansas High Blanks Texas High in Emotional Battle
TEXARKANA -- Less than a week after the sudden passing of star senior defensive lineman Leonard Parks, the Texas High Tigers had to play a football game.
And it was against the Tigers' border rival, Arkansas High, which is now coached by Barry Norton, who spent the previous 17 seasons leading Texas High.
The Razorbacks came away with a 7-0 victory in a defensive slugfest Friday night.
Texas High (0-2) players will now shift their focus to Saturday's funeral for Parks, who died in his sleep Saturday night.
Parks was one of East Texas' best college prospects. He committed to SMU back in July.
Arkansas High (1-1) scored the game's only touchdown in the second quarter on junior quarterback Drake Browning's 1-yard run.
The Tigers had trouble moving the football all night, finishing with less than 200 yards of total offense. Chris Sutton ran for 78 yards on 21 carries, while quarterback Coltin Clark completed 14 of 22 passes for 99 yards with an interception.
Texas High will try to crack the win column for the first time this year next Friday when the Tigers play another crosstown rival, Liberty-Eylau (0-2). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. from Liberty-Eylau's Harris Field.