The Paris Junior Eagles, behind a dominating performance on the ground, defeated the Lamar Junior Warriors Thursday night at Warriors Stadium to run their record to 3-0 for the season and 1-0 in the 3A-4 Conference. The final score was 34-6.
On offense, the Eagles ran 36 plays for 348 yards, an average of 16.5 yards per play. Of that, 21 plays were runs for a total of 340 yards, or an average of 16.9 yards for each running play.
Cole Norton led the Junior Eagles rushing attack, getting 200 yards on only five carries. He scored three times and it could have been four. Norton’s 60-yard run for a touchdown was called back because of a holding penalty.
Nate Davidson carried the ball four times for 86 yards, scored twice and also scored a two-point conversion. Kris Graham had five carries for 50 yards.
Defensively, the Junior Eagles held the Junior Warriors to 118 yards.
Lucas Garcia had eight tackles and six of those were tackles for lost yardage. Preston Stinnett also had eight tackles. Raece Trusty had five tackles and three of them forced lost yardage. Dante Stanford had three tackles and two of them forced lost yardage. Dakovan Wise got an interception, which he returned for 43 yards.
The Junior Eagles got off to an early start and by the end of the first half, it was 22-0. Lamar scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter, which ended with Paris enjoying a 28-6 lead. The Junior Eagles scored once in the fourth.
The final margin could have been larger but the Eagles committed five turnovers in the game and were called for what Coach Marc Tucker labeled “a ton of penalties.”
“We’re going to work on those mistakes,” he said. “We’re going to be more disciplined. The problems we had are very fixable problems.”
Despite the mistakes, Tucker likes where his team stands now.
“I knew Lamar would be a good test,” he said. “Of course, we set goals and expectations. Our goal is to win the conference championship, but we have a lot of work to do.”
Next Thursday, Paris will entertain Mansfield at Eagles Stadium. Kick off is at 7 p.m.