TACOMA — Parker Wood has played nearly every defensive snap of the last two years. The Kalama senior is tireless.
In his final football game of his prep career on Friday, Wood made sure to make it his best. He dominated the Napavine offensive line, and wreaked havoc in the backfield to help the Chinooks to a 34-25 win over the Tigers in the 2B State Championship at the Tacoma Dome.
“Just doing my thing every play,” Wood said. “Not worrying about anything else, just going and getting the quarterback.”
Wood had 5 1/2 tackles and two passes batted down on Friday. He had all three tackles for loss, which included 1 1/2 sacks, in the first half.
He was a big reason Napavine was just 3 of 13 on third down, and on the offensive side, he kept Dyer upright for 48 minutes.
“We talked all week about playing your best game,” Kalama coach Sean McDonald said. “He came out and that. He’s a stud.”
It was a perfect showcase of how much Wood has grown over the past two years as a defensive wrecking ball. Listed as a svelte 230 pounds and donning a curly mullet under his helmet, Wood is 100 percent business.
Among a bevy of options for the game’s most valuable player, Wood had to be among the top. He ripped, pulled and bull rushed his adversary all night, and in the second half demanded attention from a second Tiger blocker.
“He’s big, fast and physical,” McDonald said. “He dominated the game. We were talking about who we thought most valuable player was, and I thought he was right up there at the top.”