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Big plays lead to important win for Eagles

After falling behind in the first quarter, the Eagle defense stepped up their play and came up with back to back plays that led to touchdowns and a lead for the Eagles that would hold for the game.

Sam Parham picked off a pass by the Lavaca Arrow quarterback and returned the interception 40-yards to the Eagle three yard line. On the first play of the drive, Devin Ellingburg crossed the goal line to give the Eagles a 13–7 lead with 2:18 left to play in the first half. Rondney Lo split the uprights with the extra point bringing the score to 14–7.

On the ensuing kick off, the Lavaca kick receiver fumbled the ball and Charlie Conkin dove on the live ball to give the Eagle offense the ball at the 30-yard line.

Trenton Moeller carried the ball for two yards on the first play of the drive and then David Buchanan connected with Ellingburg for a 28-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a two touchdown lead. Lo once again split the uprights and Paris had a 21–7 lead that they would hold at the halftime break.

Lavaca opened the second half with the ball and keeping the ball in the hands of their running backs, moved the necessary 70-yards in six plays to bring the score to 21–14 with 9:36 remaining in the third quarter.

Both the Eagle and Arrow defenses took over from this point on in the second half. Each team had opportunities with the ball and were successful in moving the ball but were stopped on fourth down and forced to turn the ball over to the opposing team offense.

With 1:24 remaining in the game, the Eagle offense regained control of the ball and was able to run out the clock and preserve the victory while improving their conference record to 2–1 and their overall record to 4–1–1.

Paris first score of the game came early in the second quarter. After Lavaca scored, the ensuing kick-off was taken at the two-yard line and returned to the 30 setting Paris up for a time consuming 70-yard drive.

Using a mixture of run and pass plays, the Eagles moved the ball toward the end zone and Buchanan connected with Moeller for the final 17-yards and a game tying touchdown with 10:17 remaining in the second quarter. Lo’s extra point tied the game at 7- 7.

LHS 7 0 7 0 - 14

PHS 0 21 0 0 - 21

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