Oak Grove's Kendall Parham making most of opportunity at JCJC

Oak Grove's Kendall Parham making most of opportunity at JCJC

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - It was a short pass just meant to give Jones County Junior College some breathing room.

Next thing you know, Kendall Parham is breaking through a wall of PRCC defenders; ahead of him, nothing but open field. Ninety-three yards later, Parham was celebrating the longest touchdown reception of his football life.

"I knew [Chris Weaver] was going to throw it because the safety was back," Parham said. "I was like, alright I'm going to break a couple, shake a couple, get 12 yards. Then I broke out and I was like, go get it."

Parham also hauled in a 78-yard touchdown earlier in Saturday's game, part of his six catches for 174 yards in the Bobcats 52-31 win over the Wildcats. It was the breakout game Parham has been working toward.

"Just trusting the process I guess," Parham said. "Just coach calling plays and performing."

Parham realizes the small window of opportunity a receiver gets in a nine-game junior college season, especially at a talent-rich program like JCJC. But Parham has grown accustomed to taking advantage of every touch, having played alongside a bevy of Divison I talent at Oak Grove high school.

"Of course it was tough with the guys I played with [at Oak Grove]," Parham said. "It was extremely tough but it also helped me become better because I knew if I wanted to break out like them, then I was going to have to do better."

Jones County has allowed Parham the the chance to shine. The 5-foot-10 wideout leads the Bobcats in receiving for the second straight season - 25 receptions, 395 yards and three touchdowns through seven games.

Having garnered scholarship offers from UAB, Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette, Parham still has more to prove at JCJC.

"That I can get to the next level," Parham said. "Gotta have some more games like the last one."