The Paris Junior Eagles bounced back from their overtime loss to Charleston last week and defeated Lavaca 30-8 Thursday to raise their season record to 5-1 and their conference record to 3-1.
The Junior Eagles’ offense snapped the ball 35 times and gained 352 yards in the game. Meanwhile, the Junior Eagles’ defense limited the Junior Golden Arrows to only 99 yards on 29 plays. Their only score came on an 80-yard scoring run on a fumble recovery.
Kris Graham led Paris runners getting 89 yards on nine carries, scoring a touchdown and getting a two-point conversion. Nate Davidson had four carries for 77 yards. Dekovan Wise got 20 yards on one carry and scored a touchdown. Cole Norton had eight carries for 45 yards and also scored a touchdown.
Preston Drewry threw the ball 12 times, completed eight of them for 116 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Tanner Phillips had four catches for 19 yards and two, two-point conversions. Davidson caught only one pass but it was a 64-yard reception for a touchdown. Preston Stinnett caught one pass for 34 yards.
Stinnett had seven tackles to lead Junior Eagles defenders. Ben Ingle had six tackles and Dante Stanford had six tackles.
Head coach Marc Tucker was pleased with the way his team bounced back after a heart breaker against Charleston.
“Especially on offense,” Tucker said. “We had some great blocking by our offensive line.”
He singled out linemen Casy Rice, Stanford, Lucas Garcia, Raece Trusty, Brodie Lovelace and Ingle for praise.
Next Thursday, the Junior Eagles host Cedarville at Eagles Stadium.
Tucker also said the date for the Oct. 24 game against Atkins has been changed. The game will be played on Oct. 22 because Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Oct. 24.