Utilizing their speedy running backs and head hunting defense, the Paris Eagles opened the 2013 football season with a 45–2 win over the Johnson County Westside Rebels. Keeping the ball in the hands of their offense, the Eagles wasted little time getting on the board, scoring their first of three touchdowns in the opening quarter in only 37 seconds.
Sitting on a 20–0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles continued to push the ball down the field and reached the end zone four times in the second quarter to push their lead to 45–0 at the halftime break.
Kyle Jackson covered the opening kick off for the Eagles at the Westside 47-yard line setting up a three play scoring drive that would lead to the demise of the Rebels. Devin Ellingburg scored the first of his three touchdowns in the game with 11:23 remaining in the opening quarter.
On their second drive of the game, the Eagles used a combination of runners to move the ball and then on the final play of the drive used a bit of trickery to get to the end zone. Quarterback David Buchanan handed the ball off to Ellingburg who then handed the ball off to Kaleb Owens who turned on the afterburners to score from 35-yards out with 6:28 left in the quarter.
The Eagles took advantage of a snap over the head of the punter to set up their third touchdown of the quarter. Beginning at the Rebel 17-yard line, the Eagles needed only three plays to score. Ellingburg once again got the ball and scampered in from seven yards out to give the Eagles a 20–0 lead with 2:39 on the clock.
Paris’ fourth drive of the game began in the first quarter but culminated in the second quarter on a 17-yard scoring run by Ellingburg with 11:55 to play in the half for a 26–0 lead.
A fumbled snap and a sack of the quarterback at the one yard line by Ryan Brown set up a defensive touchdown for the Eagles. Westside’s quarterback fumbled the ball into the end zone and Grant Hutson recovered the ball for an Eagle touchdown and a 32–0 lead for the Eagles with 10:41 to play.
Despite a block in the back penalty on the Eagles to call a supposed touchdown back, the Paris offense came right back to score seven plays later on a 16-yard run by Charlie Conkin. With 6:05 left on the clock, the Eagles led 38–0 and would get the ball back one more time in the half.
Chris Cunningham played great pass defense and picked off a Westside attempt to give the Eagle offense the ball at their 39-yard line with just over four minutes remaining in the half. Giving some of the younger players a chance to play, the Eagles kept the ball in the hands of their running backs and moved the ball 61-yards in eight plays. Conkin finished off the drive one a nine yard scamper giving the Eagles a 45–0 lead at the halftime break.
With the clock running due to the sportsmanship rule, the Eagle defense stepped up their play in the third quarter to keep the Rebels from scoring and maintain the shut out. With just under two minutes to play in the third quarter, C.J. Privett intercepted a Rebel pass to give Paris’ offense for the first time in the second half.
Paris struggled a bit but was able to move the ball and eat up clock time. However, the Eagles had to punt the ball away giving the Rebels another chance to score.
Two plays into their drive, the Rebels fumbled the ball and the Eagle defense recovered the bouncing pig skin giving the Eagle offense the ball at the five yard line. Unfortunately, Conkin was tackled in the end zone giving the Rebels a safety to bring the score to 45–2 with three and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Paris kicked the ball off to the Rebels but Brown got down the field to cause a fumble on the return attempt giving the Eagles the ball at the 38-yard line for the final two plays of the game.
The Eagles will be back on the road this week as they travel to Waldron to take on the Bulldogs in another non-conference game. The Bulldogs lost their season opener to fellow Scott County foe Mansfield 48–28.
Paris 20 25 0 0 - 45
JCW 0 0 0 2 - 2
4-3A Week #1 Results
Atkins 48, Dover 35
Cedarville 51, Mountainburg 6
Charleston 42, Clarksville 19
Danville 0, Dardanelle 42
Lamar 35, Gravette 14
Lavaca 19, Prairie Grove 54
Mansfield 48, Waldron 28
Paris 45, Johnson County Westside 2
4-3A Week #2 Games
Atkins @ Bigelow
Cedarville @ Conway Christian
Charleston @ Gentry
Danville @ Mineral Springs
Lamar vs Subiaco Academy
Lavaca vs Elkins
Mansfield vs Greenland
Paris @ Waldron