TAMPA — In honor of One Direction playing down the street, running back Willie Parker and the Carrollwood Day School offense joined in the fun, heading in the direction of the end zone in a crucial District 2A-5 matchup with Canterbury. After a brief lightning delay, CDS closed the door on the Crusaders in the third when Parker scored twice on the ground to put the game well in hand for the Patriots. Canterbury's Josh Belton scored late for the Crusaders, but in the end, it was not enough, as both teams left the evening 1-1 in district play and with crucial games left against teams ahead of them in the standings.
Play of the game: Following a Canterbury fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half, Parker took the handoff from quarterback Ryan Verscharen and went the one direction he knew; towards the south end zone and 10-seconds into the 3rd quarter, CDS was up 28-14 and squashing the Crusaders momentum.
Star of the game: The honor goes to Parker. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound bruiser finished the evening with 178 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. His effort was part of a CDS rushing attack that compiled more than 300 yards against the Crusaders.
Stats of the game: Both teams combined for 28 penalties. …CDS's Carli Gauthier, the Patriots' female placekicker, made five successful extra points.
Doug Pugh, Times correspondent