Heading into their fourth straight game against a ranked team, Parrish looked like a heavy underdog against a Berry team that had won seven straight games in the series.
Instead, Parrish used its big-play capabilities to stun the No. 9 Wildcats 28-12 at Harland-Nelson Stadium Friday night.
Reginald Harris scored a pair of touchdowns and both Marcus Harris and Jaylen Clay added long scores as Parrish picked up its first win of the season for coach Sam McCorkle.
“I’m excited for our guys. The first win is the hardest one to get,” McCorkle said. “We were 0-3, but the kids always stayed positive. They never backed down.
“We needed a win. I’m telling you, they let loose in the locker room after it was over. We are going to enjoy this one for a couple of days.”
Parrish trailed 6-0 early until a Reginald Harris 65-yard run notched the game at 6-6. Clay struck for a 70-yard score with Reginald Harris adding the 2-point conversion for a 14-6 Parrish lead. Reid Robertson also hit Reginald Harris for another score for a 22-6 halftime lead.
Both teams scored a touchdown in the second half with Marcus Harris adding Parrish’s last touchdown on a quarterback keeper.
Parrish, which lost each of its first two games (to Oakman and Hubbertville) by a total of five points, fell to Marion County 47-22 last week.
Next up for Parrish (1-3, 1-2) is a rivalry game at Cordova next week.