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Mustangs claim Region 2-AAAAA boys soccer title
South Effingham's Jaydon Parrish works the ball past Wayne County goalie Payne Moore for his third goal of Tuesday's game. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

GUYTON -- Jaydon Parrish went from having "a bad day at the office" to employee of the month.

Parrish tallied four goals in South Effingham's 5-0 victory over Wayne County on Tuesday that clinched the Region 2-AAAAA soccer title. The Mustangs entered the contest under a bit of pressure as a loss would have forced them to rely on a series of tiebreakers to win the crown.

"As usual, we kind of turned to our guys who have stepped up and led this team," South Effingham coach Matt Hunnewell said. "Jaydon just stepped up huge again. If he is not one of the better players in this area, I don't know who is."

Hunnewell said Parrish, who has 33 goals this season, called his one-goal effort against Wayne County on March 13 "a bad day at the office." He matched that total less than three minutes into Tuesday's game and exceeded it in under 10.

"It was a tremendous individual effort but he has a team to back him up this year," Hunnewell said. "I think that's the difference. Last, we were kind of piecing something together.

"This year, it's kind of nice to have a whole group to help him out."

The Mustangs will host  Warner Robins in the first round of the state playoffs on April 25.

See the April 25 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.