Sophomore rookie WR Parry, catches attention with 30 receptions

Scott Parry took his first snap of football this past fall with the Leo Hayes Lions. A sophomore, Parry stepped on the gridiron a rookie, but brought with him the experience of playing on the provinces rep basketball team.

Parry’s transition from the hard court to the gridiron was a slam dunk. In his rookie season the 6 foot, 170 pound receiver netted 30 receptions, and 9 touchdowns.

Parry’s addition to the Lions receiver corps helped the team go undefeated through the regular season. In the Provincial championship against the Tantramar Titans, Parry pushed the comfort levels of the Titan secondary, snagging 6 passes.

“It’s my favorite sport now, it’s a different atmosphere, everyone is more competitive and pumped” states Parry.

The initial transition to football had a steep learning curve. Parry had to absorb everything, from stance, blocking and of course the route tree. “It was rough to start out with,” he laughs, “But, after a while I got the hang of it”.

“Basketball really helped me with my routes,” Parry recalls, “the back door cut is the same as cutting off post, or corner, it was easy for me to relate the two sports to help learn”.

A concern with some receivers, especially ones with hands like Parry, is their reluctance to assist the run game with solid blocking. The importance of this skill wasn’t lost on the rookie. “I liked blocking, I didn’t get any big hits where I destroyed kids, but I liked learning how to force guys inside or outside.”

Leo Hayes is on the north side of Fredericton,  their rival, on the other side of the St. John river,  is the city’s central program, the Fredericton Black Kats. For Parry, playing against the Kats was a season high.

“They used to murder us. When wee beat them this year, the fans went nuts!” The game is memorable to him not only for the atmosphere, but because it was then he caught his first pass in a game. “I caught a pass when in a post transition. There were two guys around me, and I pulled the ball in, I was pretty pumped, that was my first catch.”

Coaches and nervous DB’s weren’t the only to take note of the rookie. Despite being a sophomore, Parry received recruiting attention from SMU and Acadia. Parry hopes to study sciences, with hopes of being a doctor. His father and aunt and uncle all attended the Axeman’s campus, but Parry is only focusing on next season, for now.

In preparation for his second and last season, Parry is hopeful to return to the provincial final. He has begun off season weight training, and plans to work on his routes and play catch with teammates to help stay fit and focused. He carries with him the rush of his first season, and holds close the theme from the prayer the team recites together before games.

“Day by day we get better and better, until we can’t be beat.”

Scott Parry
6’0, 170lbs

Teams: Leo Hayes Lions
Official Visits: none
Considerations: SMU, Acadia, open
Commitment: open
Class: 2018

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