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October 31, 2016

PHS Band Books Trip to State Finals

For the first time in the school’s history, the Paris High Blue Blazes Band has earned a trip to the state marching band finals to perform their award-winning halftime show “Shiver.”

The PHS band placed fourth at the Area C contest Saturday at Nacogdoches Homer Bryce Stadium to punch a ticket to the Class 4A State Marching Band Contest on Monday, Nov. 7, at the San Antonio Alamodome.  North Lamar finished first at area with 7 points (combined placement from a panel of 5 judges), followed by Spring Hill 15, Little Cypress-Mauriceville 16, Paris 19, and Atlanta 28.  The top five bands at Area C qualified for state finals this year.

The state marching band contest has been in existence since 1984. It is held biennially among the various state classifications.  This year’s event is being contested at the Class 6A level in addition to 4A.  Class 6A bands will perform on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Paris just missed a berth to the state finals at the previous area competition in 2014.  That PHS band and their halftime show “Stained Glass” finished 2 points out of the fourth and final state berth from Area C.  NL, Spring Hill, Atlanta, and LCM also qualified for the state finals in 2014. 

“It was nerve-racking, especially after just missing out two years ago,” PHS band director Charles Grissom said about waiting for this year’s area results to be posted.  “Our show was built for the state finals,” he added. 

“If we can make it to the finals, I really feel like we’ve got a good chance.”

But first the PHS ensemble, approximately 120 strong, will have to survive state prelims and a tough draw with an early 9:15 a.m. performance time.  It means that Paris students will get a 5 a.m. wakeup call, eat, dress out, and warm up for the show in the Alamodome then sweat out the rest of the day as 23 bands compete for a chance to make the 6 p.m. finals where the top 10 bands perform their shows one last time before an entirely different set of judges.

North Lamar, which finished second to Argyle at the 2014 state finals, drew a 1:45 p.m. start time.

Meanwhile, Grissom and the other PHS band directors face a busy week ahead making arrangements for the traveling entourage of about 160.  Paris and NL fans can see both schools’ halftime shows Friday night at the Crosstown Showdown at R. L. Maddox Stadium before both groups load up for San Antonio.

October 28, 2016

Best of Times for Cats = Worst for Coyotes

Paris running back Donovan Williams makes a sharp cutback to avoid an Anna tackler and pick up a long gainer of 53 yards.  Williams topped the 200-yard rushing mark and scored 4 times in the 41-0 win.  Meanwhile (below), TD Williams (15) celebrates another stop of Anna’s workhorse runner Daunte Rose by he and his defensive teammates.

It was a tale of two 25s.

The Anna Coyotes’ No. 25 is powerful 6-1, 205-pound senior running back Daunte Rose, who brought an impressive stat sheet into Friday’s game vs. the Paris Wildcats.  He had averaged 135.6 yards rushing per game and 5.5 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns.

No. 25 on the Cats’ roster is 6-0, 176-pound speedy junior Donovan Williams, whose stat line of 92.4 yards rushing per game with 3 TDs was respectable but paled by comparison.

Rose had been a big reason Anna experienced the best of times with a perfect 6-0 record following a 35-19, district-opening win over North Lamar three weeks ago.  But these are now the worst of times for once-hopeful Coyote fans who made the 90-minute trip to Wildcat Stadium only to see their team lose its third straight game, 41-0, to the Cats.

The Paris defense again stepped up to stone-wall a District 7-4A-1 adversary.  The gang-tackling unit held Rose to 90 yards on 23 bruising carries.  It was enough to advance the Coyotes past midfield on three occasions, but it couldn’t overcome four Anna turnovers (two interceptions, a punt block, and a fumble) to allow the visitors access to the Paris end zone.

It was the first shutout posted by Paris since a 35-0 blanking of Pleasant Grove during the 2013 season, 37 games ago.  Ironically, 2013 marked the last time the Cats reigned as district football champions, and the Paris defense is a big reason the school will advance into the playoffs this year as the district’s No. 1 seed.

Paris is now 4-0 in district play and 6-3 overall.  The Cats close out the regular season next Friday, Nov. 4, with the annual Crosstown Showdown at North Lamar (5-4, 2-2).  Liberty-Eylau (3-1) can claim a share of the district title with a win vs. Quinlan Ford (1-3) and a Paris loss at R. L. Maddox Stadium, but the Cats own the tiebreaker by virtue of their 16-8 victory over L-E.

Anna (6-3, 1-3), meanwhile, will need a win at home vs. Princeton (1-3) to have a chance to extend its once-upon-a-time dream season.

Anna pinned its hopes on Rose controlling time of possession for an upset against the Cats.  Instead, the Paris defense held the Coyotes to a paltry 129 total yards, 116 on the ground, and 13 through the air.  All three categories were season lows for a Paris opponent.

Linebackers Dre McKinney, Tyrel McCalester, and Perry Franklin all registered double digits in tackles with 14, 11, and 11, respectively, but the Cats needed, and got, multiple tacklers on each carry to subdue the powerful Rose.

They also picked off a pair of Anna passes to give safeties TD Williams and Jordan Furtch their fifth pick each for the season.  Williams has recorded an interception in each district game.

Senior lineman Juwan Sims added a punt block, and McKinney forced the fumble recovered by Jalen Easter to thwart the Coyotes’ final drive and preserve the shutout.

But our story is not complete without focusing on the Paris offense and its No. 25, Donovan Williams.  Head coach Steven Hohenberger and his offensive staff had to be beaming over the consistency of the Paris unit.

There were no major penalties or turnovers to stop the Paris offense on this night.  The Cats got points on every offensive series except for their last when they were running out the clock.  Twice when Paris bogged down in the red zone, the Cats were able to salvage points off a pair of Zach Lamb field goals.  The senior kicker remains a model of consistency that quietly goes unnoticed.

It was impossible not to notice No. 25 in home blue, who rushed for a career-high 227 yards on 31 carries and 4 TDs.  It was the most individual rushing yardage for a Paris back since Quez Allen amassed 236 in the 2014 playoff win over an unbeaten Van team.  As a team, the Cats accumulated a season-high 326 yards rushing

Donovan Williams averaged 7.3 yards per carry, including a sensational 53-yard breakaway accented by a severe downfield juke to avoid a Coyote defender.  It set up a Ja’Kerion Brown TD run which accounted for the Cats’ other points.

Most of Williams’ damage was inflicted over the right side of the Paris offensive line, which has picked up steam-rolling momentum during the district title run.  Paris has rushed for 287, 248, 257, and now 326 in its four district wins.

Sophomore tackles Elijah Ellis and Ashton Savage, senior guards Mitchell Cole and Breshaun Stewart, junior center Gunner Vest plus junior tight end Demetric Glover and junior fullback Zaccheus Ellis have created some monster holes over right tackle.  Throw in junior Jalen Easter in the Cats’ heavy package look, and you have the makings of Devastation Inc. which is causing district defensive coordinators some sleepless nights.

The combination of sturdy defense and steady offensive production is making for a Dickensian season for the 2016 Wildcats who have bounced back from a 2-3 predistrict start to stand on the cusp of a perfect 5-0 district finish.

Scoring Summary:

  • Paris 7, Anna 0.  Donovan Williams 27 run (Zach Lamb kick), 8:30 1q.  Cats take the opening kickoff and march 61 yards in 7 plays (all runs) to take the lead on a Williams burst over right tackle.
  • Paris 10, Anna 0.  Lamb 22 FG, 2:11 1q.  The second Paris possession travels 51 yards in 11 plays but bogs down at the Anna 5.  Lamb is called on for a short field goal.  The snap is high but holder Jalon Pipkins brings it down for the successful attempt.
  • Paris 17, Anna 0.  Williams 5 run (Lamb kick), 4:24 2q.  A TD Williams interception, his 5th in district play, stops a Coyote drive in the red zone.  Paris offense counters with a 79-yard, 13-play drive kept alive by a 4th-and-3 pass completion to tight end Demetric Glover.  Williams scores again on a a power sweep to the right as the Wildcats collapse the Coyote defensive front and  fullback Zaccheus Ellis provides a kickout block.
  • Paris 24, Anna 0.  Ja’Kerion Brown 6 run (Lamb kick), 2:24 2q.  After the Paris defense forces a quick 3&out, the Cat offense is left with 2:51 on the clock to add to the halftime lead.  The Cats only need 27 seconds to score, going 59 yards in 3 plays.  Williams makes a sharp cutback to elude a tackler and gain 53 of those yards down to the Anna 6 where Brown is able to pick up a low snap and still find time to cruise into the end zone behind another gaping hole on the right side.
  • Paris 31, Anna 0.  Williams 20 run (Lamb kick), 6:16 3q.  Cats take their first second-half series 61 yards in 7 plays to get Williams’ third TD of the evening.  They convert a fourth down along the way, and Williams scores again off the right side, this time cutting outside and beating tacklers to the right pylon.
  • Paris 34, Anna 0.  Lamb 29 FG, 41.9 3q.  A Jordan Furtch pick-6 interception return is negated by a taunting penalty on Paris, but the turnover gives the Cats great field position at the Anna 32.  The Cats get 12 plays, but they again have to call on Lamb for his second field goal of the night and fourth of the season.
  • Paris 41, Anna 0.  Williams 3 run (Lamb kick), 5:07 4q.  Cats capitalize on the Coyotes’ short punt formation with a block by Jawun Sims.  They go 28 yards in 8 running plays to get Williams’ fourth and final TD.  Guess where?  Over the right side.

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (7-2), beat Mabank, 41-0
  • Pleasant Grove (3-6), beat Spring Hill, 47-14
  • Sulphur Springs (3-6), beat Greenville, 28-7
  • Pittsburg (5-4), lost to Gladewater, 26-15
  • Argyle (8-0), beat WF Hirschi, 47-14
  • Liberty-Eylau (4-5), beat Princeton, 27-3
  • Princeton (4-5), lost to Liberty-Eylau, 27-3
  • Quinlan Ford (4-5), lost to North Lamar, 41-20
  • Anna (6-3), lost to Paris, 41-0
  • North Lamar (5-4), beat Quinlan Ford, 41-20

October 30, 2016

Former PHS Student Wins at Regionals

Former Paris High student Elijah Mackey, son for former head girls basketball coach Ted Mackey, finished first overall at Saturday’s Region 2-4A Cross Country Championships to lead Melissa High to the overall boys title in the race held at Grand Prairiie’s Lynn Creek Park.

The Paris High boys team, this years’ District 14 champions, finished 15th.  Senior Matt Cochran had the top PHS finish at 47th with a time of 17:56.09 over the 5,000-meter boys course.

Junior Lilly Lewis was the lone qualifier for the PHS girls.  She finished 84th with a time of 13:22.20 over the 2-mile girls course.  Kaufman won the girls team title and Kylie Purifoy of Crandall was the individual medalist.

  • Boys Team Results: 1. Melissa 103, 2. Sanger 105, 3. Center 105, 4. Kaufman 107, 5. Decatur 108, 6. Bridgeport 117, 7. Mabank 183, 8. Uplift North Hills Prep 202, 9. Canton 258, 10. Celina 341, 11. Crandall 367, 12. Bonham 374, 13. Quinlan Ford 380, 14. Spring Hill 408, 15. Paris 415, 16. Kilgore 418, 17. Wills Point 453, 18. Pittsburg 465, 19. Carthage 466, 20. Bullard 587
  • Boys Individual Results: 1. Elijah Mackey (Melissa), 16:16.26, 2. Ben Splain (Argyle) 16:36.41, 3. Reza Mohideen (Uplift) 16:44.22, 4. Dylan Thomas (Crandall) 16:52.80; 5. Christian Rivera (Kaufman) 16:58.43
  • Paris Boys Results: 47. Matt Cochran,  17:56.09; 76. JP Rojas 18:39.36, 101. Gavyn Hollje 19:09.73, 105. Kyler Beshirs 19:14.09, 136. 20:08.99, 150. Jesus DeLeon 20:42.64, 151. Christian Mitchell 20:45.48

October 26, 2016

PHS Students Earn All-Region Choir Chairs

Region Choir selections: (front, from left) Tierra Ellis, Tieren Gates; (back) Rhea Tabora, Jake Freelen, Nick Leija II, Averi McFadden, Nicholas Reed, Deja Sikes

The Paris High choir program placed eight students in this year’s High School Region Choir as the result of auditions held Oct. 15 in Mount Pleasant.  They return to Mount Pleasant on Nov. 12 to participate in a clinic/concert.

They also qualify for pre-area auditions on Nov. 29, the next step in a progression of tryouts leading to potential selection in an all-state choir.  Senior Deja Sikes entered the large school track and is eligible for selection in the All-State Mixed Choir or the All-State Treble Choir, while the remaining seven students, who entered the small school track, will be competing for chairs in the Small School All-State Choir.   

That group is comprised of seniors Tieren Gates and Tierra Ellis, juniors Jake Freelen and Averi McFadden, and sophomores Rhea Tabora, Nicholas Reed, and Nick Leija II.

All-Region Selections:

  • Soprano 1: Tieren Gates (1st chair), Averi McFadden (4th chair)
  • Soprano 2: Tierra Ellis (4th chair)
  • Alto 1: Deja Sikes (2nd chair, large school track)
  • Alto 2: Rhea Tabora (1st chair)
  • Tenor 1: Nicholas Reed (3rd chair)
  • Tenor 2: Jake Freelen (3rd chair)
  • Bass 1: Nick Leija II (4th chair)

October 26, 2016

Ladycats Notch 20th Volleyball Win

The Paris Ladycats notched their 20th win of the season Tuesday as they swept the Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards, 25-22, 25-20, 25-12, in the District 14-4A finale at Texarkana’s Rader Gym.

The Ladycats open the Class 4A playoffs next week against Mabank, the second-place finisher from District 13.  Paris brings a 20-18 overall season record and 6-4 district mark into the bi-district match, which will be held Tuesday at Greenville High School.  The match begins at 6 p.m. and is the first of a doubleheader that evening.  North Lamar plays Wills Point in the 8 p.m. nitecap.

Mabank finished the regular season with a 21-15 record and went 6-4 in its district.

The Paris JV also won its match at Liberty-Eylau, 25-21, 25-19.


October 22, 2016

Paris Separates from Pesky Panthers, 28-14

Ja’Kerion Brown uses Breshaun Steward’s 2-for-1 kickout block (right) to clear the way for the second of his three TD runs

The Paris Wildcats have surged to the top of the District 7-4A-1 football standings because the defense is prepared to face each next opponent’s challenge.  But what if that opponent’s offense is so unique you can’t be adequately prepared in one week’s time?

The result can be an anxious and frustrating Friday night, the home fans discovered, as they watched the Cats separate from the pesky Quinlan Ford Panthers (4-4, 1-2) at Wildcat Stadium, 28-14.  The win raised Paris’ season record to 5-3.  The Cats remain atop the district standings at 3-0 and need just one more win to clinch their first district football championship since 2013.

They get their title opportunity next Friday back at Wildcat Stadium when they host the Anna Coyotes (6-2, 1-2), who were overpowered by Liberty-Eylau (3-5, 2-1) Friday, 44-17.  Paris closes the regular season on Nov. 4 at North Lamar (4-4, 1-2), a 27-7 winner over Princeton (4-4, 1-2).  

In these days of high-powered spread offenses, Ford brings an old-fashioned, run-oriented, wing-T offense to the table.  With quick motions and mis-directions, the offense is difficult to duplicate in practice and difficult to defend once kickoff arrives.

The Panthers controlled time of possession with a nearly 2-to-1 margin in offensive snaps, 67-38.  Paris held a slight advantage in total yards, 291-257, but scoring chances were at a premium with each team managing just 8 offensive possessions for the evening.

The Cats never trailed, but they couldn’t shake free from Ford in the first half.  The Panthers used 7:36 of the second quarter on a 15-play drive that was kept alive by a successful fake punt on 4th-and-22 from the Ford 12 to tie the score, 14-14, at halftime.

The Ford offensive line uses an aggressive, low-charging style of attack that was whistled for 8 illegal blocks on the night (chop blocks, blocking below the waist, holds).  Still, the relentless rushing game engineered by junior quarterback Linus Beierschmitt was able to overcome those negative obstacles until the second half when the Panthers’ fortunes changed.

A fumbled snap on the 4th-and-1 ninth play of the Panthers’ opening third quarter drive brought the Paris offense on the field.  Eight plays later, junior running back Donovan Williams went untouched the final yard of a 56-yard drive that put the Cats back in front, 21-14.

On the next Ford series, the Panthers advanced to the Paris 13 before a fumbled handoff was recovered by junior safety Jordan Furtch.  Two plays later, Paris quarterback Ja’Kerion Brown was sprinting 70 yards untouched through the Panther secondary for his third TD of the evening and a somewhat comfortable, 28-14 Paris lead.

The Cats’ defense took over in the fourth quarter to force a 3 & out punt and a takeover on downs for the final two Panther possessions.

Brown rushed for 160 yards on just 15 carries for Paris to score his 3 TDs.  He completed 5 of just 7 pass attempts for 34 yards.  Williams, meanwhile, gained 85 yards on 13 rushes.

Once again, turnovers were a key in Paris’ third district win.  A TD Williams interception, his fourth in league play, set up the first Paris score on a short, 30-yard drive.  The two second-half Panther fumbles both resulted in Paris TDs.

Inside linebackers Dre McKinney and Michael Godwin had busy nights.  The senior McKinney was in on 19 total tackles, while the junior Godwin logged 16.  Senior outside linebacker Tyrell McCalester had 13 and junior LB Perry Franklin had 12.  Furtch topped the secondary with 12 tackles.

The Paris defense was missing its top defensive lineman, sophomore Vershaud Richardson, due to concussion protocol.

Scoring Summary:

  • Paris 7, QF 0.  Ja’Kerion Brown 4 run (Zach Lamb kick), 3:26 1q.  An interception by TD Williams sets up the Paris offense at the Ford 30.  It takes 5 plays, including a 20-yard completion to Jalon Pipkins, to score on a Brown sprint around the left side where he gets a block at the goal-line by Pipkins.
  • QF 7, Paris 7.  Linus Beierschmitt 1 run (Giovanni Landeverdi kick), 9:19 2q.  Panthers travel 60 yards in 6 running plays to tie the game on a quarterback sneak.
  • Paris 14, QF 7.  Brown 16 run (Lamb kick), 7:44 2q.  Panthers try an onside kick that’s covered by Travius Bronner at the Paris 45.  Cats retake the lead 4 plays later on a QB delay over the right side by Brown, who gets a kickout block from Breshaun Steward that takes out two defenders.
  • QF 14, Paris 14.  Blane Burch 3 run (Landeverdi kick), 0:08 2q.  Panthers convert a 4th-and-22 at their own 12 on a fake punt to keep this 76-yard, 15-play drive alive.  They overcome a pair of illegal blocks along the way to even the score and beat the halftime horn.
  • Paris 21, QF 14.  Donovan Williams 1 run (Lamb kick), 4:36 3q.  A fumbled snap on 4th-and-1 ends Ford’s promising opening drive of the second half.  Cats take over at the Paris 44 and score 8 plays later.  They convert a 4th-and-1 and get an electrifying 12-yard run by Montavius McCarty to set up Williams’ TD run.
  • Paris 28, QF 14.  Brown 70 run (Lamb kick), 9:26 4q.  Another promising QF drive ends on a fumbled handoff on 4th-and-2.  Paris needs just 2 plays to cover 77 yards as Brown records his third TD of the game on a 70-yard sprint up the middle.

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (6-2), beat Brownsboro, 49-7
  • Pleasant Grove (2-6), beat Pittsburg, 31-18
  • Sulphur Springs (2-6), lost to Mount Pleasant, 19-16
  • Pittsburg (5-3), lost to Pleasant Grove, 31-18
  • Argyle (7-0), beat Sanger, 27-21
  • Liberty-Eylau (3-5), beat Anna, 44-17
  • Princeton (4-4), lost to North Lamar, 27-7
  • Quinlan Ford (4-4), lost to Paris, 28-14
  • Anna (6-2), lost to Liberty-Eyla, 44-17
  • North Lamar (4-4), beat Princeton, 27-7

October 22, 2016

Pantherettes Keep Unbeaten Streaks Alive

Zanesha Dangerfield gets the kill shot over the block of Bailey Foy (14) and Erin Scholl (16)

The North Lamar Pantherettes have not lost a district volleyball match since 2012 and haven’t lost to Paris since the Ladycats’ 2010 regional semifinalist season.  NL kept the streak going against Paris Friday in the Wildcat Gym with a 25-11, 25-15, 25-19 sweep.  On Tuesday the Pantherettes try to extend the unbeaten district streak one more year by defeating Pleasant Grove, the last district team to notch a rare victory over NL.

A win over PG would complete a perfect 10-0 run in District 14-4A for the Pantherettes.  The Lady Hawks are currently in second place at 8-1.  Paris has clinched the No. 3 playoff berth with a 5-4 district mark.  The Ladycats, 19-18 overall, visit Liberty-Eylau Tuesday to close out the regular season.  The playoffs start the week of Oct. 31.

The Pantherttes jumped out to a 9-0 lead in Game 1 before Paris finally averted the shutout.  They also raced out to a 15-6 advantage en route to an easy win in Game 2.

Game 3 was the only contested set.  Although NL led, 4-1, the Ladycats rallied for their first tie at 8-8.  A Dextiny Patrick block and NL kill error gave Paris its last lead and point, 19-18.  NL then reeled off the final 7 points to close out the match.

Patrick led the Ladycats with 8 kills, while junior libero Katy Hall had 17 digs and junior setter 13 assists.

Seniors Bailee Nickerson and Bailey Foy notched 9 and 8 kills, respectively, for the Pantherettes.  Senior Karlie Ewell had 10 digs, and senior Haley Porter 19 assists.

October 15, 2016

Defense, Big Plays Topple Princeton, 35-18

Vershaud Richardson (left) and Michael Godwin make the double-team stop of Princeton RB Alex Flores

For the second straight week, the Paris defense showed up ready to face a challenge from a district nemesis. 

Last week, in the District 7-4A-1 opener against Liberty-Eylau, the Wildcats held the defending district champions 28 points below their scoring average in a 16-8 win.  Friday at Princeton’s Jackie Hendricks Stadium, the Cats held the Panthers 18 points under their average night to escalate Paris (4-3 overall) to a death grip hold on this year’s title with a convincing, 35-18 victory.

Paris fans and opponents may not know what to make of the Cats’ recent defensive resurgence, but defensive coordinator Larry McFarlin saw it coming.

“Last week (before the L-E game) we made some changes in personnel and had three of the best practices we’ve had this year,” he said on the eve of the Princeton game.  “This week we had three practices that were even better.

“We’re ready.”

Indeed they were, although it might not have seemed that way to fans who watched the Paris team buses finally roll in just 15 minutes prior to kickoff.  They had stopped at a nearby park on Lake Lavon for pre-game warmups, a psychological tactic that head coach Steven Hohenberger has used before, including the past two Crosstown Showdown trips to North Lamar.

Princeton, also 4-3, entered the evening as a two-touchdown favorite by most high school prognosticators, having scorched the Paris defense the past two seasons with 65- and 49-point offensive showings.

This time, however, the Cats defense stone-walled the Panthers with four 3&outs and three interceptions while the offense converted enough big plays to take a 28-3 halftime lead.

Although the Paris offense sputtered in the second half with a trio of fumbles, the defense shut down the Princeton running game (2.8 yards per carry) and forced freshman quarterback Brendon Strickland to beat them.  He couldn’t.

The Paris defense picked up 4 turnovers in the L-E victory and added 5 more (including 4 interceptions) to leave Princeton with another key win.

In other district games Friday, L-E romped past North Lamar, 38-14, while Quinlan Ford handed Anna its first loss of the season, 35-28.  The results left Paris (2-0) atop district standings, while L-E, Princeton, Ford, and Anna are tied with 1-1 marks and NL is 0-2.

The only troubling aspect to Friday’s showing were the 4 fumbles that ended Paris drives and gave the home crowd some degree of hope.  Princeton’s defensive strategy was focused on stopping the running ability of quarterback Ja’Kerion Brown.  While Brown was held to 53 yards on 14 carries, the senior QB torched the Panthers for 215 yards and 4 TD passes.

Princeton tried to handle 6-3 senior receiver Jalon Pipkins with single coverage.  Although Pipkins let a sure TD pass slip through his hands on his first opportunity, he recovered to snag 6 catches for 131 yards and 2 TDs.

Junior running back Donovan Williams snared 2 of Brown’s tosses for 73 yards and the other 2 TD throws.  He also rushed 25 times for 181 yards as the Cats pounded the right side in the fourth quarter behind big offensive linemen Mitchell Cole and Ashton Savage.

But make no mistake. This was another defensive headliner.  While the revamped defensive line, led by sophomore Vershaud Richardson’s 13 combined tackles, clogged the gaps up front, it freed a bevy of quick and sure-tackling linebackers to make stops, and an improved secondary to make big plays.

Senior linebacker Tyrel McAlester turned in 20 total tackles (11 solo), senior LB Dre McKinney had 14 tackles and one of the pass picks, junior LB Perry Franklin had 12 tackles and an end zone fumble recovery, and junior LB Michael Godwin recorded 11 tackles..

Meanwhile, senior safety TD Williams had a pair of interceptions and a key goal-line strip of a Panther while the Cats were protecting a 28-10 lead in the fourth quarter.  Senior DB Jaylen Smith had the other INT.

The Cats play their final three regular season games within Paris city limits, starting with back-to-back home games at Wildcat Stadium against Quinlan Ford and Anna before taking the short trip across town to North Lamar.

If Paris can continue to practice what the coaching staff is preaching during the week, it should make for a memorable finish to the 2016 season under Friday night lights.

Scoring Summary:

  • Paris 7, Princeton 0.  Donovan Williams 40 pass from Ja’Kerion Brown (Zach Lamb kick), 5:30 1q.  Cats score on their second possession, going 53 yards in just 3 plays.  Brown lofts a short pass that finds Williams all alone on the wheel route along the left sidelines (see picture above).
  • Princeton 3, Paris 7.  Julio Vasquez 25 FG, 11:08 2q.  After recovering a fumble at midfield, Panthers drive 42 yards in 10 plays for their first points.  Princeton has first-and-goal at the Paris 5 before the Paris defense steps up for a pair of run stuffs and an incompletion.
  • Paris 14, Princeton 3.  Jalon Pipkins 47 pass from Brown (Lamb kick), 10:37 2q.  It takes the Cats 31 seconds to respond.  They get a 26-yard gainer by Brown and a perfect 47-yard toss to Pipkins who beats a lone, outmatched defender down the left sidelines.  Drive covers 73 yards in just 2 plays.
  • Paris 21, Princeton 3.  Williams 33 pass from Brown (Lamb kick), 6:53 2q.  A Jaylen Smith interception and Princeton late-hit personal foul set the Cats in motion at the Panther 33, where they catch the Panthers on a well-executed screen pass.
  • Paris 28, Princeton 3.  Dre McKinney 1 run (Lamb kick), 0:27 2q.  A Demetric Glover rush and pass overthrow gives TD Williams his second interception of the half.  Cats convert on 5-play, 76-yard drive with long runs by Donovan Williams and Brown and a 39-yard completion to Pipkins.  Paris brings in its power run package, and McKinney gets his 5th TD of the year.
  • Princeton 10, Paris 28.  Quinton Goodwin 1 run (Vasquez kick), 5:50 3q.  Panthers catch a couple of breaks on this 62-yard, 6-play drive in the form of a 26-yard, jump-ball catch and a 1-yard scoring run by Goodwin, who picks up a fumbled snap and lunges into the end zone.
  • Paris 35, Princeton 10.  Pipkins 4 pass from Brown (Lamb kick), 3:56 4q.  Just when it looked like Princeton was about to make it a 2-possession game, a goal-line tackle by TD Williams forces a fumble into the end zone that Perry Franklin recovers for a touchback.  The Cats’ offense pounds right tackle on 7 Donovan Williams carries in a 10-play, 80-yard drive that puts the game out of reach. Pipkins does the honors on a fourth down fade route for his second TD catch of the night and Brown’s fourth TD throw.
  • Princeton 18, Paris 35.  Kai Brinkerhoff 6 pass from Brendon Strickland (Stevan Molina pass from Strickland), 2:07 4q.  With the Paris defense playing soft pass coverage, the Panthers travel 63 yards in 8 pass plays to help make the final score respectable.

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (5-2), beat Athens, 27-26
  • Pleasant Grove (1-6), lost to Atlanta, 14-7
  • Sulphur Springs (2-5), had open week
  • Pittsburg (5-2), beat Spring Hill, 54-17
  • Argyle (6-0), beat Gainesville, 48-20
  • Liberty-Eylau (2-5), beat North Lamar, 38-14
  • Princeton (4-3), lost to Paris, 35-18
  • Quinlan Ford (4-3), beat Anna, 35-28
  • Anna (6-1), lost to Quinlan Ford, 35-28
  • North Lamar (3-4), lost to Liberty-Eylau, 38-14

October 15, 2016

Paris Runners Take Boys District Title

District Varsity Boys Champions: (from left) Matt Cochran, JP Rojas, Kyler Beshirs, Seth Hudgins, Gavyn Hollje, Christian Mitchell, Jose Resendiz

Paris senior Matt Cochran defended his individual district championship and led the Paris Wildcats to a first-place finish overall at Saturday’s District 14-4A Cross Country Championships held at North Lamar.

Junior Lilly Lewis had the top finish for the Ladycats with a fourth-place showing.

The top three teams and top 10 individuals qualify for the Region 2-4A Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.

Cochran took the lead at the midpoint of the 3-mile race and had a cushion of more than 100 yards at the finish line over second place.  PHS sophomore JP Rojas finished third, sophomore Kyler Beshirs was fifth, senior Seth Hudgins sixth and freshman Gavyn Hollje seventh.  Other members of the district champion boys team were senior Christian Mitchell (17th) and senior Jose Resendiz (21st).

The PHS cross country coach is Clint Cobb.

October 19, 2016

Ladycats Lose, But Clinch No. 3 Seed

The Paris Ladycats were swept by the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks in a District 14-4A volleyball match Tuesday in Texarkana, but in the process they clinched the district’s No. 3 playoff berth.

North Lamar, ranked 14th in the latest state coaches poll, continues to lead the district pack with a perfect 8-0 record with just two matches remaining.  PG, ranked 22nd, remains in second place at 7-1.  Those two squads meet next Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the regular season finale at North Lamar to settle the district championship.

Meanwhile, Paris sits alone in third place at 5-3.  Liberty-Eylau lost to Pittsburg Tuesday to drop to 2-6 and out of contention for third place.  That’s important to Paris’ playoff position because the district’s fourth-place finisher will draw Emory Rains, the state’s No. 4-ranked team, in the first round.

Paris lost Tuesday to the Lady Hawks, 23-25, 12-25, 24-26, in a match that was competitve except for the second game.

The Ladycats will host North Lamar Friday in the Wildcat Gym before closing district play next Tuesday at L-E.

Friday’s match will be preceded by Senior Night ceremonies that will begin at 4 p.m.  The two schools’ varsities play at 4:30 followed by JV matches around 6.  Fans are urged to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October 16, 2016

Ladycats Clinch Volleyball Playoff Berth

The Paris Ladycats swept the Pittsburg Lady Pirates in varsity volleyball Friday in the Wildcat Gym, 25-17, 25-13, 25-17, to clinch a playoff berth from District 14-4A.  Now, they finish out the regular season with hopes of improving their playoff seeding.

The Ladycats, 19-16 for the season, are currently in third place with a 5-2 mark.  They travel to Texarkana on Tuesday to take on second-place Pleasant Grove (6-1), then host the North Lamar Pantherettes (7-0) on Friday in the Wildcat Gym.

Senior Lindi Hamner led the way against Pittsburg with 14 kills, while Zanesha Dangerfield collected 7 and Peaches Jackson 6.  Setter Deagan Dingman served up 5 aces.

October 12, 2016

Ladycats Withstand Challenge by Atlanta

Lindi Hamner (13), Emily Williams (6), and Grace Woodby (2) react to a block by Dextiny Patrick (9) that gives Paris an 18-17 lead in Game 4 that it would not surrender

Ten days ago, the Paris Ladycats were challenging state-ranked Pleasant Grove for a share of the District 14-4A lead.  Tuesday night in the Wildcat Gym they were fighting off the last-place Atlanta Lady Rabbits who were seeking their first district win.

The roller-coaster ride continued for Paris and its fans as the Ladycats (4-2) managed to rally back from deficits of 7 and 6 points, respectively, to win the final two games and finally close out a tougher-than-expected 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 match over Atlanta (0-6).  The win raised the Ladycats’ season mark to 18-16 overall and maintain their No. 3 position in district standings behind North Lamar (6-0) and Pleasant Grove (5-1).

Paris hosts Pittsburg (1-5) Friday in a 4:30 p.m. varsity only match in the Wildcat Gym.

Senior Dextiny Patrick collected 6 of her team-high 16 kills to take the opening game before match momentum suddenly changed.  The Ladycats had major problems coping with the Lady Rabbs’ short serves which enabled Atlanta to control the net behind the play of middle blocker Teshuna Sheppard and setter Avery Trotter.

Paris committed 15 unforced errors in Game 2 as Atlanta evened the match.  The Lady Rabbs raced out to a 14-7 advantage in Game 3 before Paris coach Britney Humphrey inserted junior Atajeni Barry into the frontcourt.  The move seemed to stabilize the Ladycats, who used 3 points off Barry kills and aces by Katy Hall and Deagan Dingman to trim the deficit to 14-16.

A kill by freshman Grace Woodby, seeing her first varsity action, tied the score at 19-all and a Woodby ace gave Paris a key 23-21 lead.  Another ace by Hall closed out the game and gave Paris a 2-1 lead in the match.

Still, Paris faced an uphill battle against the Lady Rabbs to finish off the victory.  Three straight errors (Paris had 49 in the match) elevated Atlanta to an 8-2 start in Game 4.  The Ladycats rallied to tie the game at 15 on a Lindi Hamner kill, but Atlanta reclaimed the lead at 17-16 before another Hamner kill and emphatic Patrick block (see picture above) staked Paris to a lead it would not relinquish.

A Hamner kill and block closed out the game and match.  The Paris senior notched 13 kills overall, while Zanesha Dangerfield collected 6 and Woodby 4.

October 8, 2016

Wildcat Defense Sparks District Title Push

Safety TD Williams fights off a block to corral Kevin Florence as help arrives in the form of Dre McKinney and teammates

If the adage “defense wins championships” is true, and if Friday night’s 16-8 win over 2-time defending district champion Liberty-Eylau is any indicator, there just might be another title banner in the future for the Paris Wildcats football team.

The Wildcats (3-3), who averaged surrendering 36 points per game during pre-district, held the Leopards (1-5), who came into the game scoring an average 36 points against some rugged competition, completely off the scoreboard until just 1:29 remained in the District 7-4A-1 opener at Wildcat Stadium.

While the Paris defense protected an early 3-0 lead, they also set up the Paris offense for short scoring drives of 46 and 36 yards that extended the margin to 16-0 with 5:04 left in the evening.

The Cats held the dangerous L-E running attack to a manageable 166 yards, showing excellent pursuit on the perimeter.  Eight of the Leopards’ 14 offensive series went 4 plays or less.  L-E possessions ended with 5 punts, 3 fumbles (2 on stripped balls), an interception, 4 on downs, and the 1 lone TD.

With an open date last week, district teams had two weeks to prepare for league play.  Paris coaches made some tweaks on both sides of the ball, but the defensive changes were especially noticeable.

They also welcomed back a pair of starters to the defensive secondary from the injured list: senior cornerback Jaylen Smith and senior safety TD Williams.  It provided stability to the unit with increased run support, while virtually shutting down the Leopards’ passing attack.

Williams had a fumble strip in the first half, was in on 12 tackles, and his interception on a desperation heave into a strong north wind preceded the Cats’ game-clinching drive.  Junior safety Jordan Furtch was in on 11 tackles and recovered an L-E fumble.

The linebacker corps was active, too.  Senior Tyrel McCalester had a team-high 15 tackles and a fumble strip.  Senior Dre McKinney totaled 14 tackles, and junior Perry Franklin had 12,  including a key stop on a fourth quarter fake punt try to set up the first Paris TD.  Franklin had logged just 2 tackles in limited duty prior to Friday’s game.

Sophomore Vershaud Richardson, moved from linebacker to defensive end, responded with 10 tackles, while senior lineman Jawun Sims managed 8 tackles and a fumble recovery.

To be honest, the Leopards’ offense contributed to their own demise with those 4 turnovers and several drive-altering penalties, but the ability of the Paris defense to negate L-E’s big play capabilities was clutch.

Clutch could also be used to describe the Paris offense, held in check by L-E’s defense to six 3&outs along with a pair of lost fumbles. 

The Cats, however, converted a 54-yard run by junior Donovan Williams into points on a Zach Lamb 23-yarder to take the 3-0 lead.  That held up through three quarters of play until Paris managed to push across a pair of game-clinching scores.

They drove 46 yards in 8 plays to score on a 12-yard pass from Ja’Kerion Brown to a wide-open Montavius McCarty.  Then, after the Williams interception, Brown followed some outstanding lead blocking to add a 28-yard TD run on a fourth-and-2.

That pushed the lead to 16-0 with 5:04 left.  While L-E avoided the shutout, their chances for a comeback quickly ended when Demetric Glover swallowed up a tame onside kick attempt.

Brown and Williams were both able to use their speed to inflict damage on the L-E defense.  Brown rushed 18 times for 128 yards while completing just 5 passes for 14 yards.  Williams carried a heavy workload with 26 carries for 154 yards.

In other district games Friday, Anna remained unbeaten for the season with a 35-19 win over North Lamar, while Princeton beat Quinlan Ford, 37-15.

The newly-imaged Paris defense gets another test next Friday when the Cats journey to Princeton (4-2), a team that has averaged scoring 57 points against the Cats in their prior two meetings.

Scoring Summary:

  • Paris 3, L-E 0.  Zach Lamb 23 FG, 1:36 1q.  Donovan Williams gains 54 yards on a right side trap play for the game’s initial first down, but the drive stalls and Lamb is called upon for his second field goal of the season.  Drive covers 58 yards in 5 plays.
  • Paris 10, L-E 0.  Montavius McCarty 12 pass from Ja’Kerion Brown (Lamb kick), 7:20 4q.  Cats take over at midfield following a failed fake punt.  They score 8 plays later on this drive that includes a 24-yard scramble by Brown.  The scoring pass is a near disaster, as Brown bumps into RB Williams and drops the ball, but it may have been a blessing in disguise as he regains possession, rolls right and spots a wide-open McCarty in the end zone.
  • Paris 16, L-E 0.  Brown 28 run (kick blocked), 5:04 4q.  A TD Williams pass interception sets up a short field at the L-E 36.  On fourth-and-2, Brown keeps on a fake jet sweep, breaks down the left sidelines behind clearing blocks from Jalen Easter and Zaccheus Ellis, and sprints untouched into the end zone.  The PAT is blocked by a strong rush up the middle.
  • L-E 8, Paris 16.  Darian Walker 10 pass from Decorian Phillips (Mahliek Darty pass from Phillips), 1:29 4q.  The Leopards avoid the shutout on a 6-play, 54-yard drive that includes a targeting penalty against the Cats.  

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (4-2), beat Crandall, 28-21
  • Pleasant Grove (1-5), lost to Gilmer, 31-10
  • Sulphur Springs (2-4), lost to Texas High, 23-10
  • Pittsburg (4-2), beat Atlanta, 56-20
  • Argyle (5-0), beat Decatur, 64-35
  • Liberty-Eylau (1-5), lost to Paris, 16-8
  • Princeton (4-2), beat Quinlan Ford, 37-15
  • Quinlan Ford (3-3), lost to Princeton, 37-15
  • Anna (6-0), beat North Lamar, 35-19
  • North Lamar (3-3), lost to Anna, 35-19

October 8, 2016

Ladycats Struggle to Claim Third Spot

The Paris Ladycats captured sole possession of third place at the halfway mark of the District 14-4A volleyball chase with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18 win Friday over the Liberty-Eylau Lady Leopards in the Wildcat Gym.

The win raises Paris’ record to 17-16 overall and 3-2 in district.  North Lamar (5-0) beat Pleasant Grove (4-1) Friday to take over the top spot, while L-E’s loss drops the Lady Leopards into fourth at 2-3.

It was one week ago that Paris came within a point of upsetting the 14th-ranked PG Lady Hawks in the same gym.  But the Ladycats who took the court this past week in a 3-game loss at NL and Friday’s match vs. L-E did not resemble the same team that almost upset PG.  Paris committed 31 unforced errors in the loss at NL and had another 41 on Friday.

The Paris passing game was completely out of synch and the Ladycats’ defense had trouble with L-E’s dinks and soft kills down the line.

The Ladycats started strong, getting out to a 12-2 lead in Game 1 before allowing L-E back within 3 points at 18-15.  Five L-E errors helped Paris close out the opening game win.

Paris had a 17-12 lead in Game 2, but 7 Ladycat errors set up L-E to tie the match at 1-1.  Game 3 was another struggle until a 6-0 run on a Dextiny Patrick sideout kill and Ahahdian Mitchell service stint pushed Paris to a 21-15 advantage.  The Lady Leopards fought off a pair of game points, but a 2-hand lift off a Lindi Hamner kill ended the game.

L-E took a short lead in Game 4, but a Hamner ace and Patrick kill put Paris in front to stay.  A pair of L-E errors ended the match.

Patrick topped Paris with 12 kills, while Hamner had 11.

Paris starts round 2 of district play Tuesday by hosting Atlanta in the Wildcat Gym.  JV squads play at 4:30 followed by varsity around 6.

October 5, 2016

Pantherettes Overcome Mistakes to Win

Prior to Tuesday night’s Crosstown Showdown volleyball match with the Paris Ladycats, a dry erase marker board was set up in front of the North Lamar student section and labeled “Kill Board.”  With two of District 14-4A’s better hitting clubs on the Panther Gym court it seemed like a natural thing to do: Keep up with the Pantherettes’ spike or “kill” statistics as they tried to remain tied with Pleasant Grove atop the district standings.

North Lamar, ranked 24th in the latest state coaches poll, managed to keep their unblemished district mark intact at 4-0 heading into Friday’s showdown at district co-leader Pleasant Grove.  But the main offensive stats of the night belonged squarely in the category that good teams don’t like to see: Unforced errors.

The Pantherettes committed an uncharacteristic 29 mistakes (bad serves, kill shots gone awry, poor passes, etc.) in the 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 sweep over Paris.  That total included a gaudy 16 errors in Game 3 alone.

Still, the match outcome was never seriously in doubt.  The Ladycats, who came within a point of knocking off 16th-ranked PG on Friday, logged 31 unforced errors.  That number included 13 free points for NL in Game 1 and set the stage for a sluggish match.

Perhaps the lack of rivalry intensity on this night with a less than capacity crowd and well-behaved student bodies helped contribute to the evening’s malaise.  Tuesday’s matchup never had the characteristic feel of Paris-NL recent history.

Still, Game 2 was closely contested with 10 ties.  Pantherette seniors Karlie Ewell and Bailey Foy fueled a 6-1 finish with a pair of open court slams each including a nice crossover spike by Foy at game point.  Ewell led NL with 12 kills, while Foy recorded 10.

The Pantherettes (24-6) broke away from a 4-4 tie in Game 3 to ease to the match win despite the 16 team errors in that set.

Senior Lindi Hamner led Paris with 10 kills, while junior Zaneshia Dangerfield chipped in 7.  The loss squared both season (16-16) and district (2-2) marks for the Ladycats, who host Liberty-Eylau Friday, 4:30 p.m., for sole possession of third place in district at the halfway point.

October 1, 2016

Lady Hawks Avoid Upset to Paris

Ladycats celebrate a Deagan Dingman ace which ends Game 2 in Paris’ favor

Pleasant Grove outside hitter Natalie Hale had just 2 kills in Friday’s District 14-4A volleyball match vs. Paris in the Wildcat Gym, but one of those kills negated a Ladycat match point and enabled the 15th-ranked Lady Hawks (25-5) to leave town with co-possession of the district lead in a 5-game win over the upset-minded Ladycats, 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 21-25, 16-14.

PG and 18th-ranked North Lamar each have 3-0 district marks, while Paris (16-15) fell into second place with a 2-1 district record.  Paris makes the short trip across town Tuesday to face the Pantherettes.

The Ladycats showed grit and determination to battle from behind midway through the second and fourth games to even the match and force a Game 5.  They found themselves in a 7-10 hole in the decisive game before rallying to tie, 13-13, on a block by Lindi Hamner and ace from setter Deagan Dingman.

Another block from Hamner, who led Paris with 16 kills and 6 blocks, had the Ladycats perched one point away from the match win at 14-13.  However, a long set put Hale in position to make a one-handed stuff over the block to give PG a second life.

The Lady Hawks quickly took advantage of the situation to close out the match on kills by Britton Anderson and Nakina Levingston.  Anderson, the versatile 5-8 PG junior, knocked down a match-high 25 kills, 9 in the first game alone.

Dextiny Patrick collected 12 kills, 3 blocks, and a big ace that helped close out a Game 4 win for Paris.  Zanesha Dangerfield had 7 kills.  Dingman, occasionally using a jump serve, had 3 aces, while the Ladycat backcourt (Katy Hall, Emily Williams, Javouseya Sims, Anahdian Mitchchell, Sarah Bloodworth) did an outstanding job keeping rallies alive.

PG steadily pulled away from a 13-all tie in Game 1 to take a 1-0 match lead.  The Lady Hawks had a 12-10 advantage in Game 2 before the combination of Dingman at the service line and Hamner up front paced Paris on a 7-0 run to take control of the second set.

Paris limped out to a 1-6 start in Game 3 but rallied with the aid of some PG errors to take a 23-22 lead.  A block by Patrick gave Paris a game point at 24-23, but the Ladycat senior got a bit overanxious and mis-hit a setup into the net.  The Lady Hawks won the game 2 points later on an ace serve by Madeline Haak that skimmed and dropped over the net.

Paris was down, 3-8, to begin Game 4, but again battled back as the teams exchanged leads.  PG was up, 20-18, when Patrick turned into a one-woman wrecking crew with 2 big kills and a block.  She then rotated back to the service line and had a big dig that led to game point, and Hamner won the final point with a spike that evened the match at 2-2.

The schools split the JV matches.  PG beat Paris JV 1, 2-0, while Paris JV 2 edged the PG freshmen, 2-1.

September 28, 2016

Ladycats Tied Atop District Volleyball

After two matches, the Paris Ladycats find themselves lodged in a 3-way tie for first in District 14-4A volleyball.  Paris won at Pittsburg Tuesday, 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, to join North Lamar and Pleasant Grove with 2-0 district marks.

The road gets much tougher in the week ahead, starting with Friday’s match in the Wildcat Gym vs. the PG Lady Hawks, ranked 15th in the latest Class 4A state ratings.  The varsity match is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.  Then, next Tuesday, the Ladycats take the short trip across town to face the No. 18 NL Pantherettes.

Paris, now 16-14 for the season, was led in Tuesday’s match vs. Pittsburg by senior middle blocker Dextiny Patrick who totaled 17 kills.  Senior Lindi Hamner and junior Zanesha Dangerfield each notched 9 kills.

Junior setter Deagan Dingman logged 26 assists, and junior libero Katy Hall topped the backcourt with 16 digs.

September 25, 2016

Cats Hope to Learn from Argyle Loss

Wildcat QB Ja’Kerion Brown butts helmets with Argyle’s Pierce Davies along the Paris sidelines

Paris Wildcats head football coach Steven Hohenberger took his team on a 140-mile field trip west Friday night to get a lesson in high school football.  The result was a 47-10 whipping administered by the state powerhouse Argyle Eagles.

Afterwards, a frustrated Hohenberger pointed towards the now-vacated Eagle Stadium home side to say, “It’s the things they do (in practice) on Monday, the things they do on Tuesday, the things they do on Wednesday that puts them in position to win on Friday.”

True to form, the second-ranked Eagles (4-0) showed their Homecoming crowd they’re prepared for another serious state title run by executing their game plan to near-perfection as the two schools closed out the pre-district portions of their schedules.  Using a variety of mis-direction runs and a lethal short passing game, the Eagles out-gained the Cats in total yards by a 2-to-1 margin (433-214).

Although the Eagles were missing an injured Tulane QB commit Dane Ledford, Argyle scored on all five possessions in the first half to take an unsurmountable 31-7 lead into a halftime prolonged an extra 15 minutes by Homecoming coronations.  The Eagles were celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their Class of 2006 back when the school was a new dot on the Texas Class 2A landscape.

In barely more than a decade, Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers and his staff has consistently fielded a championship contender (state finalists 4 of the past 5 years).  Paris fans have seen the Argyle legacy first hand, as the Eagles have owned this series, 7-0, all by double-digit margins. 

By contrast, the only consistency the 2016 Wildcats have shown is their inconsistency, punctuated by turnovers, drive-altering penalties, and other mistakes.  The Cats (2-3) managed one touchdown drive to score on a 15-yard scramble by quarterback Ja’Kerion Brown and get within 21-7 of the Eagles.  They added a 33-yard field goal by Zach Lamb in the third quarter after a rare Argyle mistake on a muffed punt.

Otherwise, the only other positive outcome for Paris was the apparent lack of additional injuries as they boarded the buses for the long drive home.  Running back Donovan Williams managed to stay healthy for an entire game and produced 107 rushing yards on 15 carries including a trio of promising bursts of 20-plus yards each.

Defensively, middle linebacker Dre McKinney was in on 13 tackles, and safety Jordan Furtch had a busy night with 10 stops.  The Cats, missing an injured senior TD Williams in the secondary, used a conservative approach to prevent the big plays. 

Williams is expected back in time for the District 7-4A-1 opener on Friday, Oct. 7, at Wildcat Stadium against the Liberty-Eylau Leopards (1-4).

Meanwhile, Hohenberger and his team will use a bye week to take lessons learned from the Argyle trip and prepare for what appears to be a win-able district chase.  

Scoring Summary:

  • Argyle 7, Paris 0.  Don Williams 1 run (Dylan Sadler kick), 7:29 1q.  Eagles take the opening kickoff and march 74 yards in 11 plays.
  • Argyle 14, Paris 0.  Cale Nanny 55 pass from Hayden Clearman (Sadler kick), 4:24 1q.  Cats fail to convert a 4th-and-3 at the Argyle 41.  On the second play of the Eagles’ series, Nanny catches a short throw in the right flat, spins outside and out-sprints the Cat secondary down the sidelines.
  • Argyle 21, Paris 0.  Williams 1 run (Sadler kick), 11:11 2q.  Eagles start at their own 48 following a punt and score 7 plays later.
  • Paris 7, Argyle 21.  Ja’Kerion Brown 15 run (Zach Lamb kick), 4:59 2q.  Cats assemble their best, and only, touchdown drive of the evening, going 75 yards in 14 plays.  The biggest gainer is a 27-yard run by Donovan Williams.  Paris has to overcome a couple of false start penalties and an illegal block, but gets help when Argyle is called for pass interference on third down at the Eagle 16.  Brown scrambles the final 15 yards up the middle and slides off a tackler at the Argyle 2 to slip into the end zone.
  • Argyle 28, Paris 7.  Garrett Carter 19 run (Travis Garner kick), 1:38 2q.  Just when it looked like the Cats are showing signs of life, the Eagles suck the life out of them on this 8-play, 71-yard scoring response kept alive by a fake punt and ended by Carter’s score on a jet sweep.
  • Argyle 31, Paris 7.  Garner 35 FG, 0:17 2q.  To add insult to injury, the Eagles tack on 3 extra points just before halftime after Jameson Shaw recovers a fumble at the Paris 14 on the following kickoff return.  A pair of holding calls keep Argyle out of the end zone, but it’s close enough for a Garner field goal.
  • Paris 10, Argyle 31.  Lamb 33 FG, 8:29 3q.  The Cats get 3 points back under similar circumstances to open the second half.  Dakoata Payne recovers a fumbled punt at the Argyle 15 and Lamb is called upon for his first field goal of the season.
  • Argyle 38, Paris 10.  Chase Estrada 10 run (Garner kick), 6:03 3q. Again, the Eagles answer the brief Wildcat uprising with a responding score in 6 plays covering 67 yards.  A 32-yard sideline reception by Carter puts them in position for another jet sweep, this time by Estrada.
  • Argyle 40, Paris 10.  Safety, 1:49 3q.  The Cats turn to Dre McKinney running out of the Wildcat formation to try to escape poor starting field position at their own 5.  Instead, McKinney is forced to retrieve an errant snap.  Although he never really gains control of the ball, McKinney is ruled down just inside the goal line by a quick whistle and Argyle gets a safety.
  • Argyle 47, Paris 10.  Omar Borrayo 2 run (Garner kick), 5:47 4q.  Eagles reserves close out the scoring with a 92-yard, 9-play march against a lot of fresh faces on the defensive side of the ball.

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (3-2), lost to Kaufman, 31-21
  • Pleasant Grove (1-3), lost to Liberty-Eylau, 44-35
  • Sulphur Springs (2-3), beat Pine Tree, 49-21
  • Pittsburg (3-2), lost to Tatum, 49-21
  • Argyle (4-0), beat Paris, 47-10
  • Liberty-Eylau (1-4), beat Pleasant Grove, 44-35
  • Princeton (3-2), beat Melissa, 33-12
  • Quinlan Ford (3-2), beat Castleberry, 56-7
  • Anna (5-0), beat Community, 29-11
  • North Lamar (3-2), beat Canton, 42-12

September 25, 2016

Ladycats Open District with Win

Making her first varsity appearance of the season, sophomore Peaches Jackson provided 14 kills as the Paris Ladycats opened District 14-4A with a close 4-game win at Atlanta, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20.

The win moves Paris above the .500 mark for the season with a 15-14 record.  The Ladycats travel to Pittsburg Tuesday before returning to the Wildcat Gym Friday to host Pleasant Grove.  In other district openers, North Lamar swept Pittsburg and PG swept Liberty-Eylau.

Senior Dextiny Patrick had 12 kills and junior Zanesha Dangerfield added 8.  Junior setter Deagan Dingman was credited with 36 assists.  In the backcourt, junior libero Katy Hall managed 19 digs, junior Javouseya Sims had 18, junior Emily Williams 15, and senior Anahdian Mitchell 10.

September 27, 2016

Paris Boys Win at NL Cross Country

The Paris High boys cross country team won their second meet of the season Saturday, placing first at the North Lamar Invitational. 

Senior Matt Cochran finished first individually, while sophomore JP Rojas was third, senior Seth Hudgins fourth, sophomore Kyler Beshirs fifth, and freshman Gavyn Hollje eighth.  Junior Lilly Lewis finished 10th among varsity girls.

The next scheduled action for Paris will be Saturday in Mount Pleasant.

September 17, 2016

Weather Wears Down Homecoming Crowd

Donovan Williams (25) breaks through a hole opened in the Pirate line for a 12-yard TD that gives the Cats a 14-7 lead

It takes a real commitment to be a Paris Wildcat fan for the 2016 football season.  A Homecoming game scheduled for a 7:30 kickoff Friday at Wildcat Stadium didn’t end until nearly 1 a.m. Saturday. When it did finally end, the scoreboard showed the Pittsburg Pirates on the winning end of a 49-35 ledger.  Only a handful of diehard fans remained to watch the final seconds tick away.

The casual fans who are fashionably late, hang around to watch the halftime show, then make an early departure to avoid end of game traffic would have a hard time explaining Paris’ 2-2 season record.

They certainly were nowhere to be found when the Cats made a long return trip to Terrell on a hot Saturday August afternoon to play their opening game 18 hours after a freak thunderstorm delayed the scheduled start.

They probably weren’t in the stands during the following two games when the Cats overcame two-score deficits to beat Pleasant Grove and Sulphur Springs.

And they sure couldn’t be found early Saturday morning when the Pirates (3-1) converted great field position to score on short drives of 13, 31, and 54 yards against an exhausted Paris defense and spoil Homecoming 2016.

Spectators and school staff were exhausted, too, after nearby lightning strikes caused the opening kickoff to be pushed back almost 90 minutes as the crowd was ordered out of the stadium to their cars or shelter in the nearby high school gym.  The lightning detector issued an all-clear call allowing play to begin, but soon after the Pirates scored on their opening drive the detector flashed again, stopping play once more.

By the time play resumed, it was already past 10 o’clock.  Neither band returned along with a majority of both schools’ fans.

They missed an impressive performance by Pirate wide receiver Dejour Dowell, who caught 6 passes for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns and set the winning Pitt drive in motion with a 59-yard kickoff return.  Sophomore quarterback Jaylon Jimmerson, meanwhile, threw 3 touchdowns and ran for another.

Paris quarterback Ja’Kerion Brown rushed for 131 yards and passed for 126 more, but the Wildcat offense needed to approach perfection to keep pace with the Pirates in the fourth quarter.  This time, it couldn’t.

Once again, the Cat defense was led in tackles by linebacker Dre McKinney (11 solo, 18 total).  Linebacker Tyrel McCalester was also in tackle double figures with 13 along with a fumble recovery.

Paris played most of the second half without senior defensive back TD Williams, who was injured on offense during the Cats’ third-quarter drive which tied the game one final time at 28-all.  Undoubtedly, the Cats missed his stabilizing presence on the field as Pitt closed out the game on a 21-7 run.

Paris now prepares to complete the pre-district portion of their schedule with their toughest test to date: A marathon trip Friday to Argyle (3-0) to face the second-ranked Eagles. 

Only the truly committed will make the journey with them.  They can only hope for good weather.

Scoring Summary:

  • Pitt 7, Paris 0.  Dejour Dowell 36 pass from Jaylon Jimmerson  (Alex Rodriguez kick), 10:03 1q.  Pirates score on the opening possession of the game, a 6-play, 74-yard drive.  Red Shields carries 4 times for 42 yards before Dowell outjumps Paris defender Jalon Pipkins at the goalline to haul in Jimmerson’s TD pass.
  • Paris 7, Pitt 7.  Pipkins 2 pass from Ja’Kerion Brown (Zach Lamb kick), 8:40 1q.  Following the second weather delay, the Cats return to the field and complete their opening drive of 62 yards in 5 plays.  They overcome a pair of false start penalties and get back-to-back big gainers of 35 yards on a Brown to TD Williams pass and a 31-yard Brown scramble.  Brown hooks up with Pipkins near the goalline on a fade route in the left corner.
  • Paris 14, Pitt 7.  Donovan Williams 12 run (Lamb kick), 7:20 1q.  Cats set up at Pirate 42 after Jordan Furtch strips the ball from a Pitt receiver and Demetric Glover recovers.  Three plays plus a Pitt personal foul put Paris in the end zone.
  • Pitt 14, Paris 14.  Jimmerson 3 run (Rodriquez kick), 5:39 1q.  A 46-yard screen pass to Dowell keys a 70-yard, 7-play march.
  • Paris 21, Pitt 14.  Williams 8 run (Lamb kick), 10:03 2q.  Tyrel McCalester recovers another Pitt fumble at the Pirate 8.  On the first offensive snap, Williams gets his second TD when the offensive line clears a big opening up the middle.
  • Pitt 21, Paris 21.  Shields 1 run (Rodriquez kick), 9:03 2q.  Cats hope to catch Pitt off-guard with an on-side kickoff, but Pirates use great field position at the Paris 44 to tie the score in 4 plays.  Backup QB Brett McGee hits Keontae Burns for a 34-yard pass gain on a blown Cat coverage.
  • Pitt 28, Paris 21.  Jordan Turner 11 run (Rodriguez kick), 9:20 3q.  Pirates take their first possession of the second half 73 yards in 6 plays.  Another screen pass to Dowell for 32 yards is the big gainer.
  • Paris 28, Pitt 28.  Glover 7 pass from Brown (Lamb kick), 4:35 3q.  Cats have their best drive of the night, going 88 yards in 13 plays to tie the game for the final time.  Tight end Glover gets his first reception of the season for the TD.  Paris catches a big break when a Pirate interception is nullified by a pass interference penalty.
  • Pitt 35, Paris 28.  Burns 17 pass from Jimmerson (Rodriguez kick), 3:39 3q.  A 59-yard kickoff return by Dowell plus personal foul on Paris sets up the Pirates at the Cats’ 13.  On the third play Jimmerson connects with Burns on a slip screen and he maneuvers the right sidelines for the go-ahead score.
  • Pitt 42, Paris 28.  Dowell 13 pass from Jimmerson (Rodriguez kick), 57.7 3q.  An interception and short return by Deonte Duffey gives the Pirates great field position at the Paris 31.  On the sixth play Jimmerson hits Dowell in stride from 13 yards out.
  • Pitt 49, Paris 28.  Trajon Sheppard 1 run (Rodriguez kick), 6:11 4q.  Pirates grind out a 54-yard, 14-play drive against an exhausted Paris defense to put the game out of reach.
  • Paris 35, Pitt 49.  Tre Perry 25 run (Lamb kick), 3:24 4q.  Cats close out the scoring with a 13-play, 76-yard drive.  Perry sweeps the right side, makes a nice cutback, then stiff-arms a defender on his way to the end zone.

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (3-1), beat Lindale, 38-14
  • Pleasant Grove (1-2), lost to Frisco, 42-16
  • Sulphur Springs (1-3), lost to Whitehouse, 49-31
  • Pittsburg (3-1), beat Paris, 49-35
  • Argyle (3-0), did not play due to weather
  • Liberty-Eylau (0-4), lost to Atlanta, 31-26
  • Princeton (2-2), beat Frisco Reedy, 37-21
  • Quinlan Ford (2-2), lost to Howe, 44-13
  • Anna (4-0), beat Bonham, 20-14
  • North Lamar (2-2), lost to Pottsboro, 45-28

September 13, 2016

Ladycats Give Coach a Homecoming Win

Emily Williams hits the floor for a one-handed bump save at Chisum

It’s Homecoming week at Paris High.  Appropriately, volleyball coach Britney Humphrey enjoyed a personal homecoming Tuesday when she took her squad to the school that gave her a head coaching start.  They returned with a sweep over the Chisum Lady Mustangs, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15.

The Ladycats raised their season record to 14-13 with the win just 10 days before starting District 14-4A play.  Paris travels to Anna on Tuesday to close out the pre-district portion of their schedule.

Once again, it was a stint by junior libero Katy Hall at the service line that set the match momentum.  The Ladycats went from a 9-11 deficit in Game 1 to a 15-11 lead with Hall dropping in 3 unreturned serves.

When the Lady Mustangs battled back within a point, 20-19, Dextiny Patrick put the brakes on the Chisum comeback with a service break slam.  A Javouseya Sims ace that skipped over the net was followed by a Zanesha Dangerfield kill and another Patrick point that helped close out the opening game.

Paris broke away from a 3-3 tie in Game 2 and never trailed the rest of the way.

Patrick, the senior middle blocker and Homecoming Queen nominee, led the way with 12 kills and 2 blocks.  Junior Dangerfield added 6 kills and a block, while senior Lindi Hamner had 4 kills, 2 blocks, and 2 aces.  Hall chipped in 3 backline kills to go with 4 aces.

The schools split preliminary matches.  The Chisum freshmen beat the Paris JV White, 2-1, while the Paris JV Blue won, 2-0.

September 11, 2016

Cats Make Mistakes, Then Make Plays

Dre McKinney (9) powers out of a tackle to plunge into the end zone for the winning 2-point conversion

For the second straight week, the Paris Wildcats showed enough grit to overcome earlier mistakes and seize control of a football game in crunch time. 

Last week it was a 23-22 victory over Pleasant Grove where they overcame a 12-point deficit to score the game-winner with 35 seconds to spare.  Friday at Wildcat Stadium it was a chain of fourth-quarter events which enabled Paris to erase a 14-point Sulphur Springs lead to notch the go-ahead points with 1:33 remaining then defend the 1-point edge with a final defensive stand.

The win was their first since 2011 over their fellow Wildcats from Hopkins County and raised their season record to 2-1 with the Pittsburg Pirates (2-1) looming as the guest opponent for Friday’s Homecoming back at Wildcat Stadium.  Fans should probably not plan to make an early exit from their seats.

After scoring on their first two possessions to take a 14-7 lead, the hometown Cats sputtered on offense with 4 fumbles and 2 interceptions making for 4 turnovers that paved the way for the visitors to carve out a 28-14 advantage entering the final quarter of play.

But goats can easily become heroes in a sport played with a prolate spheroid.  A trio of Paris seniors, in particular, proved the point.

Dre McKinney, who anchors the Paris defense, became the primary weapon in the Cats’ short-yardage, power running game and scored 4 touchdowns on a rugged 11 carries for 39 yards.  He also willed his way into the end zone for the winning two-point conversion run after Paris elected to eschew a tie and probable overtime situation to gamble for the win.   McKinney owned 2 of those earlier fumbles on offense.

Jalon Pipkins, despite drawing a crowd as Paris’ primary deep threat from his wide receiver position, made a pair of circus catches among his 3 receptions for 106 yards that were crucial in the comeback.  His 68-yard TD catch from Ja’Kerion Brown tied the game, 28-all, with 6:18 remaining.  He made an even more spectacular grab on fourth down against double coverage to  keep the game-winning drive alive.  The Paris basketball standout earlier in the game mistimed a jump that allowed SSHS standout Simeon Taylor to haul in a 38-yard heave from Ryan Humphries and achieve a 14-14 tie.

And then there’s Brown, the diminutive quarterback and focal point of the offense’s biggest plays, both good and not-so-good.  His two interception throws and a lateraled fumble hamstrung the Paris attack in the middle portions of the game, but he was a huge factor down the stretch.  He hooked up with Jordan Furtch on 3 aerial connections for for 43 yards that fueled Paris’ first scoring drive of the fourth quarter.  He found Pipkins over the middle for the 68-yard catch-and-run on the next drive.  Brown saved the best for last when he teamed up with Pipkins again to convert a critical fourth-and-10 then set up McKinney’s last TD plunge with a 19-yard scramble to the SSHS 2-yard line.  Brown passed for 226 yards on 12 of 23 attempts and rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries.

It was a bittersweet ending for SSHS (1-2) and junior QB Humphries, who completed 14 of 23 passes for 225 yards and 4 scores.  Humphries engineered a final frantic drive from the SSHS 22 against a prevent-minded Paris defense that ended at the Paris 31. 

As time expired, Humphries ducked to avoid a blitzing McKinney only to be subdued by a collapsing circle of Cat defenders Tyrel McCalester, Demetric Glover, and Vershaud Richardson.  While McKinney again topped the tackling stats with 15, McCalester registered 12, and Richardson 10 along with his second punt block of the season.

Jalon Pipkins hauls in 68-yard TD catch from Ja’Kerion Brown, then the pair unite for an end zone celebratory bump

Scoring Summary:

  • SSHS 7, Paris 0.  Lawrence Worth 4 run (Angel Tavera kick), 10:18 1q.  Sulphur Springs takes the opening kickoff and quickly covers 74 yards in 6 plays, aided by a couple of major Paris penalties.
  • Paris 7, SSHS 7.  Dre McKinney 2 run (Zach Lamb kick), 5:36 1q.  The Cats respond on their first possession with a 60-yard, 12-play drive.  McKinney gets his first action on offense and scores his first career TD behind a kick-out block from Zaccheus Ellis.
  • Paris 14, SSHS 7.  McKinney 1 run (Lamb kick), 2:34 1q.  After the Paris defense holds SSHS to 3&out, the Cats march 57 yards in 6 plays to take the lead.  A 33-yard pass from Ja’Kerion Brown to Kelo Scott is the big gainer.
  • SSHS 14, Paris 14.  Simeon Taylor 38 pass from Ryan Humphries (Tavera kick), 10:22 2q.  SSHS takes the kickoff and moves 61 yards in 10 plays, overcoming a holding penalty and loss of 17 yards on a high snap in the process.  Taylor scores on a fly pattern down the right sidelines when Paris defender Jalon Pipkins mis-times his jump to bat the ball away in the end zone.
  • SSHS 21, Paris 14.  DJ Hall 32 pass from Humphries (Tavera kick), 6:41 2q.  A Paris fumble sets SSHS in play at the Paris 32.  Humphries immediately rolls right and spots an uncovered Hall in the end zone.
  • SSHS 28, Paris 14.  Cor’Tavius Pruitt 3 pass from Humphries (Tavera kick), 1:11 3q.  SSHS overcomes another high snap on this 66-yard, 14-play drive.  Paris helps with a face mask violation.  Humphries rolls left and connects with Pruitt at the sideline boundary.
  • Paris 21, SSHS 28.  McKinney 3 run (Lamb kick), 8:19 4q.  Cats start their comeback with this 58-yard, 7-play series that features three passes to Jordan Furtch covering 43 yards.
  • Paris 28, SSHS 28.  Pipkins 68 pass from Brown (Lamb kick), 6:18 4q.  Cats strike quickly on the second play after the Paris defense forces a punt.  Brown floats a ball over the middle 20 yards downfield that Pipkins corrals despite having a SSHS defender draped across his back.  Pipkins stumbles briefly, then turns on the jets to sprint untouched into the end zone.
  • SSHS 35, Paris 28.  Taylor 49 pass from Humphries (Tavera kick), 3:55 4q.  SSHS starts at its own 35 following the ensuing kickoff and 6 plays later recaptures the lead.  Cats almost get an interception on the play before the TD throw from Humphries to Taylor on a skinny post pattern.  Humphries hits Taylor in stride at the Paris 17 for the pair’s second score of the evening.
  • Paris 36, SSHS 35.  McKinney 2 run (McKinney run), 1:33 4q.  This dramatic game-winning drive covers 66 yards in 11 plays.  It includes another Brown-to-Pipkins hook-up for 28 yards on fourth-and-10 at midfield.  This time Pipkins has to out-duel double coverage and make an adjustment in his route on the under-thrown ball.  With one defender on his back, Pipkins out-reaches the other defender for possession.  As he falls to the turf and rolls onto his back, the ball momentarily pops free but he’s able to squeeze it between his legs to complete the catch.  A Paris face mask penalty on the next play is followed by a pass interference call on SSHS (trying to cover Pipkins again).  Brown then squirts free for 19 yards and appears to hurdle into the end zone but steps out at the 2.  McKinney finishes the drive with his fifth TD of the night, then gets the game-winning 2 extra points on the same play: A strong-side power sweep to the right.

How Wildcat Opponents Fared:

  • Terrell (2-1), beat Forney, 45-16
  • Pleasant Grove (1-1), beat Arkansas High, 17-14
  • Sulphur Springs (1-2), lost to Paris, 36-35
  • Pittsburg (2-1), lost to Henderson, 71-28
  • Argyle (3-0), beat Celina, 43-14
  • Liberty-Eylau (0-3), lost to Texas High, 48-39
  • Princeton (1-2), lost to Carrollton Creekview, 20-17 (OT)
  • Quinlan Ford (2-1), beat Venus, 57-22
  • Anna (3-0), beat Van Alstyne, 31-12
  • North Lamar (2-1), beat Greenville, 40-20

September 10, 2016

Ladycats Quickly Get the Message in Win

Katy Hall gets one of her three backline kills to drop as Lindi Hamner (13), Zanesha Dangerfield (10), Deagan Dingman, and Javouseya Sims cover the court

Playing one of their best matches of the season, the Paris Ladycats quickly disposed of the Wills Point Lady Tigers, 25-21, 25-9, 25-15, Friday in a vollleyball match in the Wildcat Gym that took 65 minutes to finish.

The pre-district rematch didn’t start like a walk in the park for Paris, who were swept by the Lady Tigers three weeks ago at a tournament in Wills Point.  Paris head coach Britney Humphrey had to call an early timeout for a team tonque-lashing after her squad started Game 1 in a 1-6 hole.  Humphrey’s message was well-received, as the Ladycats went on a 6-0 run following the timeout to seize the lead and match momentum.

Although WP would eventually regain a 17-14 advantage, a Lindi Hamner sideout kill followed by a 7-0 Katy Hall service run proved to be the critical difference in securing a 25-21 Game 1 win.

It was all downhill for Paris in Games 2 and 3.  Another Hamner sideout and a 5-0 service run by setter Deagan Dingman this time had the Lady Tigers calling timeout on the ropes at 0-6.  They never recovered as their serve-receive and passing game hit the skids.

Paris closed out Game 2 on an 8-0 run with Dingman back on the service line, and the Ladycats continued control in Game 3 with a 4-0 start.  Although the Lady Tigers would work back to a 6-6 tie, WP never gained a lead.

When WP pulled within 12-11, Humphrey called her first, and only, timeout of Game 3, and her squad returned to the court for a 5-0 run to provide some final separation.  A Dextiny Patrick block and Javouseya Sims ace finished the match.

The Ladycats pulled back to break-even for the season at 13-13 with a total team effort.  Among frontcourt players, Hamner topped out with 6 kills and 3 blocks, while Patrick had 4 kills and the block.  Zanesha Dangerfield had 6 kills, and Sims and Anahdian Mitchell managed 5 apiece.

On the backline, Hall provided 3 kills and 2 aces from her libero position, setter Dingman had a kill and 2 aces, and defensive specialist Sarah Bloodworth was a stablizer during her stints on the service line.

Paris travels to nearby Chisum, where Humphrey coached the past two seasons, on Tuesday.  The Ladycats’ final pre-district match will be on Sept. 20 at Anna.  They begin District 14-4A play on Sept. 23 at Atlanta.

September 9, 2016

Paris, Sulphur Springs Split Football Games

Paris Wildcats sub-varsity football teams managed to split their games Thursday at Sulphur Springs.  The freshmen lost, 25-7, while the JV won, 26-21.

Do’Rian Williams had the only touchdown scored by the freshmen Cats on a 68-yard run that cut the SSHS lead to 19-7 in the third quarter.  The Paris freshmen are now 0-3 for the season.

The Paris JV produced the winning drive in their game late in the third quarter when Ty Garvin dove in from a yard out, then added a two-point conversion run.  James Neal scored a pair of first-half TDs on runs of 5 and 60 yards.  A 26-yard TD pass from Anqurrus Harris to Cameron gave Paris a 12-0 start by the midway point of the second quarter.

The win lifted the Paris JV to 2-1 for the season.  The two squads continue pre-district play next Thursday at Pittsburg.

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