The Paris Junior Eagles jumped out to a 28-0 lead over the Waldron Junior Bulldogs on their way to a 34-6 win Thursday at Eagles Stadium on the Paris High School campus.
The win puts the Junior Eagles at 2-0 as they prepare to open conference play next Thursday night at Lamar. The seventh grade game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the junior game starts at 7 p.m.
The Junior Eagles offense picked up where it left off last Thursday, getting 222 yards and five touchdowns on 32 plays. That an average of 7.9 yards on each play.
Nate Davidson got 84 yards on the ground on only four carries. Cole Norton carried the ball 10 times for 52 yards, scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Dakovan Wise got 15 yards on seven carries, scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Preston Drewry completed two of six passes for 57 yards and both completions were for touchdowns.
Junior Eagles Coach Marc Tucker made a point to mention the play of his offensive line, saying “I thought our offensive line played very well.”
The Junior Eagles’ offensive line is manned by Casey Rice, Ben Ingle, Dante Stanford, Raece Trusty, Brodie Lovelace, Lucas Garcia and Preston Stinnett.
Stinnett led the defense in tackles, getting eight. Cole Norton had seven tackles. Stanford had five tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
“I thought we played well,” Tucker said. “We made some mistakes because of turnovers. We had some penalties that killed some drives for us.”
Paris had three fumbles in the game.
Having said that, Tucker then put some things in perspective. For example, Waldron is in a higher classification than Paris, had more people available to play (63 for Waldron compared to 40 for Paris) and had a size advantage.
“It was a physical game,” he said. “They have some size. Size-wise, they were much bigger than us. But our kids responded well and showed a lot of toughness.
“They are a very good football team,” he said. “They are going to win a lot of games.”