Holding on tight: Trenton Moeller wraps his arms around the ball and holds on tightly as a Farmington defender does his best to strip the ball. Moeller scored Paris’ lone touchdown of the game early in the third quarter to tie the game at 7–7 which would stand for the remainder of the game. Paris finished their non-conference schedule with a 2 –0 –1 record and will open conference play at Mansfield this Friday with kickoff set for 7 pm at Tigers Stadium.
Each week the cheerleaders make a run-through sign for the Eagle football players; this week the sign said “We’re the better bird” (or something to that effect), referring to the match-up between the Eagles and the Cardinals. Well, it may have been better to say David takes on Goliath as the Farmington Cardinals were a much bigger team – physically, in members, and conference wise. However, the smaller, fewer in number, smaller conference Paris Eagles gave those Cardinals a run for their money and when the final buzzer sounded, the score stood tied at 7–7. Since this was a non-conference game, the score was ended with the tie leaving the Eagles with a 2 –0 –1 record after the first three games of the season.
Playing with a ton of heart and determination, the Eagles were confident that they could play with the big boys and this is exactly what they did. Farmington got the shock of their season when the Eagles took the field and didn’t roll over and allow the Cardinals to march up and down the field.
Farmington won the opening toss but deferred to the second half giving the Eagles the ball to begin the game. A personal foul on the Cardinals on the first play of the game moved the Eagles out to the 32-yard line where they put together a good drive until Chase Turner snatched an Eagle pass attempt and took the ball all the way back to the 36-yard line. A horse collar penalty on the Eagles put the Cardinals at the 21-yard line and two plays later Josh Blew broke free for a 21-yard touchdown run. The extra point was good and the Cardinals led 7–0 with 7:15 to play in the first quarter.
Kaleb Owens picked off a Farmington pass late in the quarter but the Eagles were unable to capitalize on the Cardinal mistake.
The Eagle defense played much bigger than they physically are, defending the pass excellently and using their speed to get to and put pressure on the quarterback. At the halftime break, the Eagles trailed the Cardinals by a single touchdown.
Farmington opened the second half with the ball and did a huge favor for the Eagles by putting the ball on the turf. David Buchanan was the first to get to the loose ball and the Eagles were sitting in excellent field position at the Cardinal 36-yard line.
Chipping away slowly at the Cardinal defense, the Eagles moved the ball toward the end zone a few yards at a time and Trenton Moeller finished off the drive with a four-yard run with 9:01 left in the third quarter. Rondney Lo tacked on the extra point to tie the score at 7–7.
The defensive squads for both the Eagles and the Cardinals took over for the remainder of the game with the Eagle offense getting a golden opportunity late in the game.
With 4:14 left in the game, the Eagles had the ball at the Cardinal 41-yard line. Paris moved the ball on their first three plays and then suffered a five yard loss on a fumble and recovery by Buchanan. After getting three of those yards back on third down, the Eagles decided to attempt a 44-yard field goal. Lo’s kick had the distance but he hooked it and the ball sailed wide to the left.
Farmington got the gall back with 41.3 seconds left on the clock and went to the air to try to get to the end zone. However, Paris’ secondary did a good job of keeping the receivers from getting the deep pass and time expired leaving the game tied at 7–7.
The Eagles will open conference play this week as they travel to Mansfield to take on the much improved and quick Tigers. Mansfield suffered a 21–14 loss to the Mena Bearcats in their final non-conference game of the season but are not to be taken lightly as they have worked very hard and are looking to make a run in conference play to get into the playoffs in November.
Paris 0 0 7 0 - 7
Farmington 7 0 0 0 - 7
1st Q—FHS – Blew, 33-yd run; Flores PAT; 0 – 7
3rd Q—PHS – Moeller, 4-yd run; Lo PAT; 7 – 7