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November 18, 2013

Brooks senior All-American Malkom Parrish

A gladiator for the Trojans

VALDOSTA — The Brooks County Trojans have rolled to a 10-1 record as their season continues in the AA GHSA playoffs. Leading the Trojans is double-threat quarterback and defensive back Malkom Parrish.

Just last season, Parrish threw for 3,000 yards and rushing for close to 1,500 yards as he led the Trojans to their first region title. Parrish has once again led a tough Trojans team through a difficult schedule to achieve yet another region title.

Parrish, 18, was born in Miami to parents Angelea and Larry Parrish. At the age of 11, Parrish and his mother, along with his siblings, moved to Quitman. Parrish was born on Jan. 12, 1995. He has four brothers and two sisters and has been playing football for only five years.

Parrish began playing football in the eighth grade at Brooks County Middle. He has played quarterback ever since. When Parrish arrived at Brooks High in ninth grade, he started playing defensive back, in addition to quarterback.  

 “I always have wanted to play football, and even more, play defense. Football was something I just loved to do. Defense has always been my thing. I rather give the hit than take it,” said Parrish.

In school, Parrish has achieved a 3.4 grade-point average. Parrish is a part of the math club in addition to the student leadership club at school. Parrish committed to the University of Georgia this summer and will be playing defensive back for the Bulldogs. He plans to major in business and management and would like to own a business one day.

“It’s exciting and all (going to UGA), but I’m going to be patient there. I feel great that they recognize my talent. Right now though, I have to lead my team,” said Parrish.

Parrish’s favorite color is grey, food is hot wings and fries, and he enjoys hip hop/R&B music.

 “I like to play basketball in my free time. I play NCAA football and a little 'Call of Duty,' but other than that, that’s about it,” said Parrish on his free time.

Parrish describes himself as a pretty transparent individual.

“I’m a straight-forward person. If I like you, you’ll probably know,” said Parrish.

Parrish enjoys watching the Atlanta Falcons and praises quarterback Matt Ryan as being one of his favorite NFL players.

 “I am a big fan of Matt Ryan. He’s a good quarterback. Since I like him, I’m going to like his team,” said Parrish.

Parrish also likes running back DeAnthony Thomas, a player for the Oregon Ducks.

“He has a lot of swagger about himself. He’s quick and he’s fast. He is the leader of his team,” commented Parrish.

Parrish and his Trojan teammates have played hard nose football all season, after suffering through the loss of three teammates to a car crash, right before the season began.

“It took a big hold on me. I didn’t know where to start from. But I see now that I have to take it each day at a time and things will get better. I tried to keep my focus and it made me realize that I needed to have a lot more fun. Take advantage of some things and enjoy my time while I have it,” said Parrish.

Winning back-to-back region titles has helped the Trojans honor their fallen teammates.

“It’s great. We made history when we won it the first time. I’m happy to be on this team. Without the team, I wouldn’t be the player I am. I am thankful for this team and back-to-back region championships are my way of giving back.”

Overall, Parrish has had an exceptional career at Brooks County.

“I think my career here has been great, it’s been fun. I’m finally able to love what I do. I meet some great players here,” said Parrish.

Parrish and his team have been preparing for their next challenge however, the GHSA playoffs. The Trojans will host the 9-2 Bleckley County Royals, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

To prepare, the Trojans have not had a day off.

 “I’ve been watching a lot of film as the week has gone by. As the week goes on, I’ll be learning their defense and helping get my team ready,” said Parrish.

Watching Parrish and the rest of the Trojan team on their path to a state title this Friday at Veterans Stadium.

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