31 Aug Versatile Parker leads Trojans
by Mark Oliver
By being able to play every offensive line position, Hot Springs senior Xavier Parker’s versatility gives the Trojans a winning edge in the trenches when it matters most. This season, Parker plans to put his skills to the test in search of a Class 5A South conference championship.
“My personal goals are to be the best leader I can be by continuing to put myself in situations I’ve never been in,” Parker said. “By setting the right example and pushing everyone even when we feel at our lowest, we can continue to raise our expectations as a team and show our fans that we are not only improving as athletes, but as young men.”
“Xavier is a true leader on the field who leads with hard work and the drive to want to be successful,” Hot Springs Head Coach Darrell Burnett said. “As our quarterback of the offensive line and one of our fiercest leaders, offensively, he is the chain link for others who need help, and he is always willing to do extra.”
A strong leader on and off the field, the two-time All-Conference honoree credits his family for his love of football. “I’ve been playing football since the third grade,” Parker said. “My mom believes that sports are an excellent way to supplement the values she teaches at home. Football is the perfect place to learn those life lessons. My parents have given me everything. I want to give them the world in return.”