Parkwood has proven passing game
It has been a difficult stretch for Parkwood High's football program, but a more favorable schedule could help turn the tide in 2013.
The Rebels have a combined record of 2-29 over the past three seasons, including an 0-15 mark in the rugged Southern Carolina Conference during that stretch.
Realignment can't come soon enough, and the wait is almost over.
The Rebels will move from 3A to 2A starting in August.
Parkwood no longer has to play football powerhouses like Porter Ridge and Sun Valley.
They are joining a six-team conference that includes Monroe, Forest Hills, Central Academy, Mount Pleasant and West Stanly.
Senior quarterback Grey Wyrick believes the move to 2A will make Parkwood a lot more competitive.
"I think it's a great opportunity for us," said Wyrick, who is entering his third year as the starter at QB. "Honestly I feel that we can beat any team out there. Every other team has high schoolers just like us. We just have to have the mentality that we can go out there and do it. We'll drop down and get some competition that we're more prepared for."
The Rebels, who open the 2013 season at home against 3A Cuthbertson on Aug. 23, started summer workouts on Thursday and attended a camp at Duke University this weekend.
They will also participate in a 7-on-7 tournament at Wake Forest later this summer.
Parkwood finished 1-9 last year, when Wyrick threw for 1,314 yards with 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
As a sophomore in 2011, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder threw for just 587 yards with three touchdowns and eight interceptions.
"I've just learned to let everything slow down," said Wyrick. "I've been getting stronger and faster, and I'm understanding the game more with what the defense is going to do and reads and things like that."
Wyrick will have his top two targets back from last year in senior receiver Sam Mobley and junior receiver Max Robinson.
Mobley (5-10, 170) led the team and ranked fifth in Union County in catches (48) and receiving yards (732). He also caught seven touchdowns.
"I have really high expectations for Sam," said Wyrick. "He's been blessed with a good opportunity to do big things with his career, even after high school. He's looking really good. He's one of the strongest guys in the weight room and he's just a worker."
Robinson had 34 receptions for 435 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.
"It's great when you have talented players on the outside that are so athletic," said Wyrick. "You can give it to them and let them make plays. It's awesome to have as a quarterback."
Aug. 23 Cuthbertson
Aug. 30 at Union Academy
Sept. 6 at Piedmont
Sept. 13 at Jordan-Matthews
Sept. 20 Weddington
Sept. 27 Cherryville
Oct. 4 OPEN
Oct. 11 West Stanly
Oct. 18 at Forest Hills
Oct. 25 Monroe
Nov. 1 at Mount Pleasant
Nov. 8 Central Academy