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Eagles escape Little Johns

Sitting on a one point lead at 13–12, the Paris Eagle defense were forced to play their best defense series of the game in order to keep the Danville Little Johns from reaching the end zone and handing the Eagles a conference loss for the second straight week.

Fortunately, Paris’ defense stood their ground as Danville faced a fourth and less than a yard to continue driving toward the end zone. Trying to go up the middle, the Little John ball carrier was stuffed just inches short of the first down turning the ball over to the Eagle offense with 48 seconds left in the game.

Danville opened the game with the ball and suffered two holding and one motion penalties along with a quarterback sack that put them needing a lot of yards for a first down. Unable to get all the yards back, the Little Johns were forced to punt.

Paris tried a little trickery on the first possession of the game but the fourth down pass attempt was dropped and the Little Johns regained possession of the ball.

Beginning at the Eagle 49-yard line, the Little Johns put together a time sustaining drive that culminated with a one-yard scoring run by Ray Wilkins with 2:48 left in the quarter. The extra point was blocked by Andy Trusty but the Little Johns led 6–0.

The Danville touchdown seemed to wake up Paris’ offense who began at their own 37-yard line and took advantage of 20-yards in penalties on the Little Johns to move the ball toward the end zone. The first quarter came to an end with the ball on the four yard line and two plays into the second quarter David Buchanan found his way across the goal line to get the Eagles on the board. Rondney Lo tacked on the extra point for a 7–6 lead.

With 9:32 remaining in the second quarter, the Eagles put together their second and final scoring drive of the game. Eating up six minutes of time off the clock, the Eagles’ 10-play drive gave them a 13–6 lead with 3:42 to play in the quarter.

Late in the quarter, Danville picked off a pass from Buchanan but two plays into their possession, the Little Johns fell victim to an interception of their own as Kaleb Owens picked off a pass attempt to stop the Little Johns. With only 10 seconds on the clock, Paris was able to run only one play before the halftime break.

Midway through the third quarter, the Eagles were driving toward the end zone when Buchanan’s pass to Zach Graham bounced off Graham’s hands and was picked off by a Danville defender and returned to the 7-yard line.

Three plays into the drive, Grant Cathey ran untouched into the end zone giving the Little Johns an opportunity to tie the game at 13. However, the extra point attempt failed and the Eagles maintained a one point lead at 13–12.

Paris will finish off the regular season this Friday on their own turf as they take on the Lamar Warriors. Lamar comes into the contest with a 5–1 conference record having lost only to Charleston who is undefeated in conference play. Prior to the game, the senior members of the football, volleyball, tennis, cross country, golf team, and band will be recognized. Kickoff of the game is set for 7:00 pm at Eagle Stadium.

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