ACCS senior adjusts to playing defense, eyes Belhaven University
Published 12:04 am Thursday, October 9, 2014
NATCHEZ — Parker Rymer wouldn’t mind sticking around an athletic atmosphere for the rest of his life.
The Adams County Christian School wide receiver hopes to be a future physician, but could easily see himself as an athletic trainer on the sidelines some day.
“It would be fun to help other athletes one day,” said Rymer, who is still pondering his options.
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As a senior for the Rebels, Rymer has a knack for making catches, solving mathematical problems and, well, hovering over his opponents.
“My mom tells me that I get my height from my great uncle,” said Rymer, who is ACCS’ tallest target at 6-foot-6.
But though Rymer has spent the majority of his high school career on offense, he’s contributed largely on defense in 2014, making the switch to defensive end.
“I had to adjust because there is a weight difference, but I have long arms,” Rymer said. “It gives me an advantage over the bigger guys, because I can grab them and force them in.”
The move to end was a strategic move by defensive coordinator Richy Spears.
“When we went back to a 4-3, I knew when I was at Trinity, he played defensive end for me over there in junior high,” said Spears, who used to coach at Trinity with ACCS head coach David King. “I knew he was a defensive end, and I knew he had it in him. It was a no-brainer that he was going to be our back-side, rush end.”
Spears said Rymer’s speed has made him a force for the Rebels.
“He’s been able to run some people down from the backside,” Spears said. “He’s been a playmaker.”
Now that Rymer has gotten a taste of what it’s like to be a defensive contributor at the high school level, he can’t get enough of it. In fact, Rymer prefers getting a sack over recording a touchdown reception.
“I feel more of a rush from making a defensive play, rather than an offensive play,” Rymer said.
Rymer’s contributions on the football field will seemingly end once he graduates in 2015, but if Rymer follows in the footsteps of big brother Matthew, Parker will graduate from Belhaven University with a degree that would allow him to work with athletes in the future.
Parker isn’t rushing getting that degree, though. He’s enjoying his senior season, and he plans on spending some quality time with his brother in college, the main reason he wants to attend Belhaven.
“We’ve always been real close,” Rymer said. “So really, he’s the biggest reason why I want to go there.”
Rymer is the son of Melissa and Todd Rymer, and has a 3.5 GPA.