Charleston’s Junior Tigers scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper in overtime to edge the Paris Junior Eagles 12-6 in a showdown of undefeated teams at Eagles Stadium Thursday night.
The loss puts the Junior Eagles at 4-1 for the season and 3-1 in conference play. Next Thursday, the Junior Eagles travel to Lavaca. Kick off is at 7 p.m. A seventh grade game begins at 5:30 p.m.
Charleston took advantage of a bad snap on a punt for Paris to set up its first score in the second quarter. The Junior Tigers recovered the ball on the Paris 25. Paris was able to hold Charleston on two plays, setting up a third-and-10 for the Junior Tigers. They completed a 22-yard pass on a tackle-eligible play to convert. The Junior Tigers scored on the next play on a toss sweep to take a 6-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the fourth quarter.
With 6:43 left to play, Nate Davidson caught a 45-yard pass from Preston Drewry to score. With the game tied at six, Paris tried to punch in the two-point conversion but the run off tackle was stopped for no gain.
The game ended in a 6-6 tie.
In overtime, each team gets possession at the 10. Paris had the ball first, but committed an illegal motion penalty on first down, pushing them back to Charleston’s 15. Then Drewry threw an interception ending the possession.
Getting the ball at the Junior Eagles’ 10, Charleston worked the ball down to the one and scored on the quarterback sneak, ending the game.
Cole Norton rushed 12 times for 67 yards. Drewry was nine of 16 passing for 131 yards and a touchdown. However, he threw three interceptions. Tanner Phillips caught three passes for 25 yards. Davidson had one catch for 45 yards and a score. Offensively, Paris ran 42 plays for 188 yards. Charleston ran 35 plays for 154 yards.
Defensively, Preston Stinnett had eight tackles and Ben Ingle had seven.
“It was penalties and it was not executing on both sides of the ball,” Paris Coach Marc Tucker said. “We’ve got to get mentally tougher. We’ve got to regroup and prepare for Lavaca.”