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Eagles soar in opener; Face Waldron tonight

Paris did not return a single offensive starter this year, so it was a bit of a mystery on how the Eagles would do in their opener against Johnson County Westside.

The Eagles (1-0) didn’t miss a beat, running out to a 45-0 lead at the half on the way to a 45-2 win over the Rebels.

“We came out and played hard and executed well,” Paris coach Bryan Hutson said. “That is about all you are really looking for in week 1. I was pleased with the way things went.”

Devin Ellingburg rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. Kaleb Owens had three carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. Grant Hudson caught three passes for 40 yards.

“We made some rookie mistakes like you would expect, but the main thing is we played hard,” Hutson said.

After playing down a class in the opener, Paris moves up a class to play at 4A Waldron this week. Waldron has won only seven games in seven seasons but has a new attitude under second-year coach Shane Davis, Hutson said.

“They are much improved,” Hutson said. “They are bigger and faster than they have been in the past few years and are running a lot of triple option stuff that is tough to defend. We will have a much tougher test.Paris (1-0) ran up 45 points in the first half last week in a 45-2 win against Johnson County Westside. The Eagles step up a class this week at 4A Waldron.

Waldron was winless last year but is entering the second year under Shane Davis.