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Week 6 SportsDayHS offensive player of the week: Grapevine RB Parker Polk

Polk rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in Grapevine’s 44-26 win over Colleyville Heritage Friday.

Grapevine RB Parker Polk

What he did: Polk rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns as Grapevine – ranked No. 9 in The Dallas Morning News Class 5A area poll and No. 8 in the Associated Press 5A Division II state poll – beat arch rival Colleyville Heritage – ranked No. 8 by The News and No. 5 in the state – 44-26 on Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium in Grapevine.

The stats: Polk had 25 carries with the scores going for 59, 3 and 33 yards. The second score gave Grapevine the lead for good at 21-20 with 1:03 left in the second quarter. The victory snapped Grapevine’s three-game losing streak to Colleyville Heritage in the Battle of the Red Rail rivalry series.

Who is he: A 5-foot-7, 170 pound senior running back, Polk has rushed for 806 yards and eight touchdowns on 88 carries, a 9.2-yard average, this season. He also has seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Polk was moved to running back full-time after previously playing receiver as a sophomore and junior. In 2021 he had 39 receptions for 787 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Polk has received recruiting attention from NCAA Division II and II programs such as East Central (Okla.), Harding (Ark.), Wheaton (Ill.), Bates (Maine) and Oklahoma Baptist. Polk has helped Grapevine to a 4-1 record, 2-0 in District 4-5A Division II heading into this Friday’s game against Fort Worth Poly at Scarborough-Handley Field in Fort Worth.

Grapevine running back Parker Polk
Grapevine running back Parker Polk(Photo credit Grapevine High School)

He said it: “My favorite play was the 59-yard touchdown. Colleyville was playing us to run outside and our o-line did a great job making huge holes up the middle. After I got in the open I thought, ‘Now just don’t get caught.’” … Moving from receiver to running back was good because I just like having the ball. I knew how good our offensive line was going to be too and they make my job easy. … The best part about beating Colleyville Heritage is we’ve been waiting for this for a year, since they beat us 42-7 last year. We had this game circled on the calendar. Now we have bragging rights for the next year.”

Coach said it: “The play Parker made I’ll remember the most is the 59-yard touchdown run. It kept us in the fight because at that point they had the momentum. … We moved Parker to running back because we changed our offense in the offseason . I knew he could do it because last year we needed as our fourth-string back in our fifth game (against Poly) and he did a great job (63 yards, three touchdowns). … Parker is intrinsic. He was up here all the time during the summer working out. When I would leave at the end of a summer workday at 4 p.m. I would hear a noise from our indoor workout facility. It would be Parker by himself working with a speed ladder.” – Grapevine coach Mike Alexander

Did you know? Polk turned 18 years old on Saturday. He celebrated having dinner at a restaurant with his family and watching college football with his friends. … Polk started playing flag football in the second grade and tackle football in the fifth grade, when he first started playing running back. He attended Fort Worth Christian before transferring to Grapevine before his freshman year. … His favorite class at Grapevine is sports marketing, especially studying advertising for a sports teams and naming rights for stadiums. Polk is considering majoring in marketing or criminal justice in college. He is also considering a football-coaching career. … His favorite meal is barbecued brisket with fries, creamed corn and sweet tea. … Polk’s favorite athlete is Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey because of his ability to run the ball and play receiver.

Honorable mentions

PlayerSchoolPos.ClassNotable
Luke AndersonFort Worth ChristianRBSr.17 carries for 241 yards, 3 TD in a 35-24 win over Dallas Christian on Friday.
Xzavion BeardSamuellQBSo.348 total yards, 5 TD, 1 INT in a 40-7 win over Adamson on Friday.
Patrick BurkeEpiscopalQBSr.409 total yards, 4 TD, 1 INT in a 39-35 win over Bellaire Episcopal on Friday.
Keegan ByrdDenton BraswellQBSr.538 total yards, 5 TD, 2 INT in a 60-51 loss to McKinney on Friday.
Viron EllisonLewisvilleRBJr.22 carries for 183 yards, 1 TD in a 38-3 win over Coppell on Friday.
Bennett FrymanFrisco Lone StarQBSr.453 total yards, 6 TD, 0 INT in a 69-14 win over Frisco Liberty on Thursday.
Micah GreeneHebronWRSr.6 receptions for 218 yards, 3 TD in a 35-23 win over Plano East on Friday.
Presley HarperRichardson J.J. PearceQBSo.328 total yards, 4 TD, 0 INT in a 55-49 overtime win over Irving MacArthur on Friday.
Jerbandin HendersonIrving McArthurWRJr.334 total yards, 5 receiving TD in a 55-49 overtime loss to Richardson J.J. Pearce on Friday.
Kaeden LandryCarterRBJr.26 carries for 259 yards, 2 TD in a 32-7 win over Pinkston on Friday.
Keldric LusterMcKinneyQBSr.477 total yards, 4 TD, 2 INT in a 60-51 win over Denton Braswell on Friday.
Ronald ManningSeagovilleRBJr.38 carries for 281 yards, 3 TD in a 34-28 win over Hillcrest on Friday.
Sam MitchumRoyse CityRBSr.24 carries for 205 yards, 3 TD in a 28-14 win over North Forney on Friday.
Jarvis ReedMansfield TimberviewRBSr.9 carries for 201 yards, 2 TD in a 54-28 win over Birdville on Friday.
Chance SnyderTCA-AddisonWRSr.4 receptions for 148 yards, 3 overall TD in a 39-21 win Fort Worth Southwest Christian on Friday.
Brennan StorerHighland ParkQBSr.352 total yards, 3 TD in a 35-28 win over Jesuit on Friday.
Hunter SummersProsperWRSr.8 receptions for 121 yards, 5 TD in a 59-6 win over Little Elm on Friday.
Michael TurnerRichlandRBSo.29 carries for 261 yards, 2 TD in a 56-40 win over W.T. White on Friday.
Ian VillarrealFrisco MemorialKSr.4 for 5 on field goals with long of 50 in a 54-48 overtime loss to Lake Dallas on Friday.
Evan WeinbergLake DallasWRSr.11 receptions for 189 yards, 2 TD in a 54-48 overtime win over Frisco Memorial on Friday.

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