Anderson hitches title hopes to "stallion" Parker Phillips
ANDERSON, Calif. - "He's a stallion, and he does go. I don't think he knows anything but 'go.'"
Anderson football coach Don Trotter is talking about his mud-loving, hard-charging junior back Parker Phillips, easily one of the scrappiest players in the Northstate.
Of course, he's big and fast, too. Just ask West Valley. The junior back racked up 250 yards rushing and two scores, including a 93 yard touchdown run, as the Cubs avenged a regular season loss to the Eagles and earned a spot in the NSCIF Division III championship game at Sutter.
The effort earned Phillips the Mega Star Financial Xtra Point Player of the Week and it came in a game where Anderson installed a Wing T offense in just three days.
"That was kind of fun," Phillips said. "The Wing T is my kind of offense. You put your head down, run hard and get those yards."
Putting his head down and running hard is something the home schooled back is known for. Teammate David Yates practices with him on both sides of the ball every day.
"He's a fast player, he's strong, very determined to get to the end zone," Yates said of the 185 pound Phillips. "And it's really hard to tackle him. He's a big boy."
Matt Brown of Mega Star Financial was on hand to present the Xtra Point Player of the Week plaque to Phillips at practice this week.
Anderson is preparing to visit heavily favored Sutter in the DIII NSCIF title game Saturday night, where Phillips said his team isn't going down without a fight.
"They're tough, they're fast, they're strong, but we got a good group, a solid group, and I think we're gonna give em a run for their money."
"We learned we can compete with the top guys," Phillips said. "Shasta's been kicking everybody's butts and we were two plays away from beating them, so we're right there with the top teams in the section."