GUYTON — Jaydon Parrish is in a league of his own.
The striker for the South Effingham boys’ soccer team has scored 68 goals in his career at the varsity level and can’t wait to add to that number.
Scoring is, by far, the one thing that makes Parrish come alive on the field. When he gets his foot on the ball, there’s a good chance it’s going into the net.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to me personally,” Parrish said. “There’s nothing better than scoring goals.”
Although scoring is what makes him go, Parrish doesn’t mind sharing the offensive load.
“I just concentrate on winning games,” he said. “That my number one thing. If we win 5-nil and I don’t score, we won 5-nil and that’s the biggest thing about that. It’s not necessarily about scoring the goals.”
The Mustangs lost 13 players from last season. Parrish, however, is ready to anchor a young team that will look to him to lead the way offensively.
“Our number one goal is to start strong,” he said. “This first month is for us to mesh well. When we get into region (2-AAAAA) play, our target is to win region, go to state, win the first round, the second round and go as far as we can go.
“We had eight or nine seniors and a lot of people moved. That’s not what you want but we have a really young team now and it’s exciting what we can do. There’s a lot more potential on this team than we’ve had previously. We’re not as talented maybe, but we have the potential to win more games.”
Like most athletes, Parrish has circled a number of dates on the schedule including games against Islands, Windsor Forest and Statesboro. But right now, his biggest concern is continuing South Effingham’s winning tradition as they go for their third consecutive region crown.
“It’s always good to build off of the success of what we’ve had previously,” Parrish said. “I want it to be an expectation for South Effingham soccer coming into a season to be the favorite.”
Parrish is an even bigger threat after spending time playing wing for Savannah United during the offseason. But he’s willing to do that whatever it takes to help his team win and now the dual-threat athlete has another skill under his belt to use against his opponents.
“My coach helped me build up my game and, fitness wise, he helped me build up my game,” Parrish said.
Although it’s his last season with the Mustangs, Parrish can’t wait to celebrate his decorated career in front of his teammates, friends and family.
“I’m really ready for senior night,” Parrish said. “That’s going to be exciting.”
South Effingham will visit Effingham County at 7 p.m. Tuesday.