Ahead 30-12 entering the fourth quarter, the Paris Junior Eagles seemed to have things well in hand Tuesday night at Atkins.
Atkins, however, had other ideas.
Atkins put up 16 points in the fourth quarter to close the gap against Paris but it wasn’t enough to get the win. The Junior Eagles upped their season record to 7-1 and their conference record to 5-1 with the 38-28 victory.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Junior Eagles will host Danville at Eagles Stadium. Kick off is at 7 p.m. The seventh grade game will precede that contest.
Paris ran off 371 yards of total offense against Atkins, getting 339 yards on the ground and 32 in the air. They did that only snapping the ball 26 times for an average of 14 yards on every snap.
Nate Davidson carried the ball only four times but got 131 yards to lead the Junior Eagles’ rushing attack. Kris Graham carried the ball 14 times for 129 yards. He also scored three touchdowns and two, two-point conversions. Cole Norton carried the ball four times for 82 yards and a score.
Preston Drewry threw only six passes and completed three of them for 32 yards. Tanner Phillips caught two passes for 15 yards and Cole Norton caught one pass for 17 yards.
Preston Stinnett had nine tackles. Norton had eight tackles. Two of them were sacks of the quarterback and another three tackles produced lost yardage. Aaron Sheffield had seven tackles.
Atkins success in the fourth quarter was the product of mistakes by Paris, according to Coach Marc Tucker.
“In the fourth quarter, we didn’t cover anybody,” Tucker said. “We had coverage breakdowns. I think we relaxed and didn’t play as hard as we can play.”
The 28 points Atkins scored is the most any opponent has scored on Paris this season and the most since Charleston scored 12.
“They are a well coached team but we didn’t execute,” Tucker said. “If we had executed the way we are supposed to, they don’t score in the fourth quarter.”
The seventh grade game featured two undefeated teams. And it ended in a 20-20 tie. The seventh grade Eagles are now 6-0-1 on the season.