Poly Prep quarterback Chris Parker scored four touchdowns and had two interceptions to lead his Blue Devils to a 34–0 victory over Ontario’s Niagra Academy in Bay Ridge on Oct. 27.
The sophomore, who also plays safety, opened the game with a 6-yard scoring run before throwing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Ladi Adeosun in the second quarter. He then picked off Niagara quarterback Matthew Levassuer on the next play, returning it 55-yards to the end zone to give the Blue Devils a 27–0 lead going into the first half of the school’s homecoming game.
Parker capped his big day with a 14-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, stunning his teammates with his skills.
“He’s amazing,” said senior linebacker Shane Thomas. “I’ve never seen a sophomore like him. He just plays beyond his years.”
The performance gives Parker some bragging rights in his own family. His brother Bruce, a former standout corner at Mount St. Michael, had two interceptions — including one for a touchdown for Nassau Community College a week earlier.
After Saturday’s win, Parker believes he’s winning the friendly rivalry he has with his sibling.
“We always make a bet every game to see which one does better,” he said.
His effort was part of a big day for Poly Prep’s defense. Despite a few lopsided losses, coach Dino Mangiero is happy with his squad this season.
“Our defense has played great all year,” he said. “Offensively we’ve put them in holes, but for the most part they have been doing really well.”
The victory allows Poly (5–3) to post consecutive wins for the first time this season and ensures them a winning record with one more game to go in regulation play.
“[Now] it’s actually fun,” Parker said. “Last year it was all sad faces.”
Not this time. There were plenty of happy faces both in the stands and on the field after this win. It was just how Poly envisioned it.
“We wanted to show off for the parents,” Thomas said. “We wanted to put on a good performance for the alumni, for everybody.”Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at jstaszewsk