Behind the spotlight: Parker Rymer steps up for Cathedral passing game
NATCHEZ — Cathedral High School quarterback Thomas Garrity may have found himself a go-to receiver during an average night throwing the football Friday.
Garrity was 14-for-30 in passing for 199 yards in the Green Wave’s 19-14 win against Hinds County AHS Friday night. Of those 199, 102 yards came from one of Cathedral’s younger receivers, sophomore Parker Rymer.
Rymer was one of the more sure-handed playmakers Cathedral had, as his four catches often resulted in big gains. One of his receptions was for 30 yards, while another was for 61 yards.
“We throw the ball around a lot in practice, and we feel like everyone can catch the ball well, but when it comes down to it, we throw to him without hesitation,” Cathedral head coach Ron Rushing said. “We feel very comfortable with him catching the ball.”
Rushing said Rymer earned a starting job at the start of the season after standing out during summer workouts.
“Out of all of our players, he may be the most improved overall,” Rushing said. “His coordination is a lot better. Some of that is from age, and some of it is from the work that he does in the offseason.”
Ferriday High School
FERRIDAY — The Ferriday High School defense was tested Friday night by a strong Sterlington High School running attack.
The Panther offense accumulated 394 yards on the ground, and Sterlington ended up winning the game 49-34.
But a couple of Trojans defenders accepted the challenge of stopping the Panthers’ offense and made plenty of plays.
Senior Za’Marion Rosenthal finished the game with 10 tackles and sophomore Da’John Mitchell had 11 tackles.
“Those guys have really stepped up,” head coach Cleothis Cummings said. “Coach C.J. Cothern Jr., our defensive coordinator, has really challenged them, and they stepped up and have made a lot of plays.”
Friday’s game was especially important for Rosenthal as a senior. It was senior night for the Trojans, and he knew he wanted to play well.
“I wanted to show hard work, and go out play hard for the team and represent the seniors,” he said.
Mitchell said he tries to focus on playing hard, smart football and that leads to a lot of tackles.
“Heart is important,” he said. “I play hard, and try to make sure I don’t have any mistakes.”
Mitchell said he knows he will have to expand his role as a leader next season when players like Rosenthal are gone.
“We have to step up and make sure every kid does his job,” he said.
The two players will look to make an impact on defense again Friday when the Trojans play their final game of the season against Lakeside High School.