PEABODY — He has two, hopefully three, games remaining in his high school football career, and doesn’t plan on continuing to strap on the pads and his helmet in college.
But Dave Woods, his coach at Bishop Fenwick High School, doesn’t believe this is the last time that football and Tommy Parsons will intertwine.
“He’s probably going to be a football coach some day ... a very, very good football coach,” Woods said of Parsons, a 17-year old wideout and defensive back for the 10-0 Crusaders. “Tommy has an unbelievable sense for the game; he sees it better than anyone. He understands opponents’ tendencies, probably watches more film than any kid on our team and just has a knack for where the ball is going to be.”
You’d better believe, then, that Parsons will be completely prepared tomorrow night when Bishop Fenwick meets Abington in the Division 5 state semifinals at Woburn’s Connolly Memorial Stadium (7 p.m.). While he’ll have little else to go on but the game film exchanged by the two coaches, Parsons will be as prepared as he can be for whatever the Green Wave (9-1) throw at him and his teammates.
“We know they’re a power team that runs the Wing-T,” said the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Peabody native. “We’ll need to do our jobs, read our keys and trust in ourselves.”
Parsons is a bit of a throwback player in that he’s not at all interested in personal glory; his satisfaction comes from helping others wearing the same uniform as him succeed.
“I just like doing my role and helping everyone get in the right positions where they should be,” he said of his defensive mindset. “On offense, I take the most pride in my blocking. If I can set the edge and someone like Rufus (Rushins) or Charlie (Maistrellis) or Eric (Razney) can run by me for a touchdown, that’s the most satisfying thing for me.”