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Valencia football camp: Valencia QB hoping to turn luck

Posted: August 26, 2014 10:38 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2014 10:38 p.m.

Valencia's starting quarterback Cole Parkinson, left, throws with backup Kyle Prizer during practice on Monday at Valencia High.

It was another ugh moment for Valencia High junior Cole Parkinson.

On Aug. 17, Valencia’s first-season starting quarterback went to sleep with an ache that he thought was the stomach flu.

The next morning he woke up and it was still there.

It turned out it was appendicitis.

“It was rough,” Parkinson said. “It sucks being out. But I wasn’t going to let myself be out that long.”

Parkinson will return to full-scale practice this week and is iffy for Valencia’s scrimmage against St. Francis on Friday.

Luckily for Parkinson, Valencia took its bye this Friday, while every other Foothill League team will be playing its first game.

That means Parkinson will likely be under center for the Vikings’ first game on Sept. 5 against Palmdale.

“I’m counting down the hours till Palmdale,” Parkinson says.

For a year, we’ve heard Valencia head coach Larry Muir sing the praises of Parkinson as an athlete and a quarterback.

But last year, there were ugh moments.

First, senior Jake Wallace took the starting quarterback job and ran with it.

Then Parkinson, who played wide receiver last season, hurt his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Sept. 20 against Righetti.

The next week against Santa Monica, he hurt it again and was diagnosed with a torn labrum.

He missed the rest of the season.

The newest setback, though, allows Valencia to work on a backup plan.

Kyle Prizer is the team’s backup quarterback and has gotten reps with the first-team offense since Parkinson had his appendix removed.

“Kyle’s a really good quarterback in his own right,” Muir said. “He runs really well. He’s a smart quarterback. He moves around the pocket really well. As far as what we run and what we do, it doesn’t change anything. He is definitely very capable.”

Prizer will be a starting wide receiver for the Vikings this season.

Parkinson said he expects to be able to play against Palmdale.

It will be our first opportunity to see what Muir has talked about.

Parkinson, the son of Canyon great Brent Parkinson (considered one of the greatest SCV football players of all time and a former USC Trojan and Denver Bronco) is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 190 pounds.

He’s athletic and moves around the pocket well.

Muir said he has great touch on his deep ball, but needs to improve on his midrange passing.

The coach said Parkinson adds another dimension to the Vikings that sets him apart.

“The biggest thing that jumps out is his competitiveness,” Muir said. “He’s an absolute competitor.”

Now, if he can just stop having bad luck.


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