The Dickinson High football team will have to tackle its most difficult opponent of the season so far without its best player.
Senior tight end and defensive end Tyrell Parker is out of Friday’s game against No. 1-ranked and undefeated Bismarck High after suffering a bad ankle sprain last week against Jamestown.
Parker said Tuesday the pain in his left ankle has diminished since he injured it while being ankle tackled on a pass over the middle. Ironically, on the previous play, the Midgets had run the exact same play to the opposite direction and Parker and had scampered down the sidelines for a touchdown.
“Friday it was throbbing and the pain has went down,” Parker said. “I’m able to not fully walk on it but put more strength on it day by day.”
The Midgets are sure to miss the 6-foot-3, 215-pound playmaker, has 10 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown. He has also been used minimally as a rusher, gaining 32 yards on 11 carries.
Parker is also one of the team’s top defenders, using good speed, strength and length to get around blockers.
Parker said missing the Bismarck game hurts, because he knows his team needs him on the field.
“That’s a very good team,” he said of Bismarck. “It kind of sucks because I know the team could definitely use me in this game.”
Parker said he’d like to be back for the Sept. 30 home game against Williston.