Parga Making Mark On Defense, Special Teams

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FORT SMITH (KFSM)-Chuy Parga has made a name for himself at Northside as a linebacker.... but he's not just limited to the defensive side of the as he handles all of the Grizzlies’ kicking duties as well.

"He's an outstanding athlete," said Northside coach Mike Falleur. "As a kicker we feel good with him from 50 yards he can do it. But, what people don't realize is what a weapon he is as a punter he changes the field ."

Parga has been a game changer as a punter as he averages 39 yards per attempt and hammered a long of 69-yards. The senior has been consistent in other areas as well he hasn’t missed a extra point (24/24) and has 26-touchbacks.

"Very helpful," said Northside senior Tre Norwood. "He's a three-year starter at linebacker and kicker. He's a big part on our defense and in the specialty game."

Even though Parga has been a key player on special teams he prefers the defensive side of the ball. He has racked up 76 tackles in just eight games.

"Well we have like a lot of energy of the defensive side," said Parga. "I started playing middle linebacker and running back in junior high. I stopped playing running back when I came to Northside and I just focused on middle linebacker and kicking."

Parga and the Grizzlies ended a decade long losing streak to Southside two weeks ago and they hope to do the same Friday night as they host Bentonville in the 7A quarterfinals.