Parks, Atascocita Refuse to Lose

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today we feature Atascocita wide receiver Quentin Parks. This is a TPI Premium article.

No doubt the bi-district playoff action in the Houston area started off with a bang with Houston Chavez and Atascocita facing off last Thursday at Galena Park ISD Stadium. In fact, it took more than the 48 minutes allotted to decide the winner. 

Along the way, there were several players who contributed to the win, but Atascocita wide receiver Quentin Parks made his greatest contributions in the latter part of the game. This, among many other things, aided in the Eagles' 43-37 overtime bi-district win.

"It was a great win. When things got close and it seemed like we were out, we just kept fighting, never giving up," Parks said. "You know, we had to get it. Right when it looks like we were done, we decided that we would refuse to lose. We were going to fight through it however necessary."

In a game that ended with over 950 yards of offense, the Eagles found a way to pull it out in overtime. And though the 6-foot-3, 213-pound Parks came up in major way in the final seconds of regulation, that does not mean that he did not have other contributions.

In fact, during the early stages, some may say that his play shows that he is an all-around an complete player,

"You know, I have to say I did my best. I caught well, I blocked well. Did my best to make it happen," Parks said. "In the fourth quarter though, I needed to do something when I was called on. Big players make things happen at big moments in the game. 

"I knew it was time for me to step up and make a play for the team. I needed to be a big player."

And indeed he did. 

On the final drive in regulation, Parks caught two of his five catches for first-down yardage. He finished up with five receptions for 60 yards. 

"The offense has been great. We are used to the running game, but we have been passing the ball around a little bit," Parks said. "We have to show teams that we can pass the ball too."

While the team is showing the ability to pass, Parks is showing college recruiters his talents as well. Already the size of what college coaches are looking for, Parks has managed to pull in a few Division I offers.

"Northwestern State and UTEP are the offers that I have," Parks said. "I'd have to say that I favor UTEP at the moment."

Though the Miners have a the lead for Parks' services, even their coaches will have to wait until he gets done with some unfinished business.

"We will not stop and we are going for it all. We refuse to lose," Parks said "We are just playing Eagle football. That's it."

Atascocita advanced to the area round and will face the defending Class 5A Division II Katy team. The game will be played Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Spring Branch ISD Tully Stadium.

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