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Paris Wildcats (7-3, 4-1)
Crandall Pirates (6-4, 4-2)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., at Rockwall Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium
Crandall Head Coach: Joe Dale Cary
This series: Tied at 1-1. Crandall upset Paris, 22-7, in the 2013 bi-district playoff, while Paris beat Crandall, 21-0, in last season’s first round.
About the Crandall Pirates: The Pirates finished 4-2 and in third place in District 8, losing to Kaufman and Van. They faced two common opponents on Paris’ schedule. Crandall beat Terrell, 33-0, and lost to Pittsburg, 33-28, while the Cats own wins over Terrell, 47-20, and Pitt, 38-20. The Pirates average scoring 33.8 points per game and give up 21.8. Like Paris, the Pirates are primarily a run-oriented team with sound defense. Senior RB Tyson Gatewood has rushed for 1,361 yards with 14 TDs. Junior QB Josh Redding has completed 51 of his 95 passes for 691 yards, 12 TDs, and 6 interceptions and has rushed for 439 yards with 6 TDs on the ground. The Pirates also use the Wildcat formation with WR DonEric Rivers (30 carries for 257 yards, 3 TDs rushing). Sophomore Billy Myers is the leading receiver (16-371-5TDs). The big offensive line is anchored by junior D1 prospect Branson Bragg.
About the PHS Wildcats: The Wildcats lost to a pair of unbeaten state contenders in Argyle and Pleasant Grove. The other loss, to Princeton on Homecoming, was a puzzler and cost them an undisputed district championship. Senior RB Donovan Williams holds four school records, including rushing TDs in a season (20). He is second behind only Quez Allen in career rushing yardage. Junior QB Kobe Savage has rushed for 501 yards and 4 TDs and thrown for 769 yards and 11 TDs. The foundation for this year’s success lies with the speedy, pursuing defense anchored up front by junior end Vershaud Richardson (92 tackles and 6 sacks) and inside linebacker Michael Godwin (96 tackles). Safeties Jordan Furtch (76 tackles) and Jaylen Henderson (3 interceptions) are standouts in the secondary.
Last Year’s Meeting: Minus their starting quarterback, who had been injured in the regular season finale, the Pirates were hapless on offense and produced just 132 total yards against the Paris defense. Still, the Cats only led, 7-0, at halftime before pounding out a couple of insurance tallies in the second half. RB Donovan Williams finished with 189 yards on 29 carries with 2 TDs.
During the season, single game tickets are sold weekly at the athletic office and on game days in the Paris High School Store. Reserved seats are $10, adult advance general admission $5, and advance student tickets $3. All general admission tickets are $6 at the gate.
Can't make it to the stadium to watch the Cats in action? Then listen to all the exciting play-by-play calls from Steven Johnson and Robert High on KBUS-FM, 101.9. The Paris Wildcats Huddle starts at 6:30 p.m. and the pre-game show at 7 leads into the 7:30 kickoff. KBUS live audio streams can be found on the internet.
Sections A and B (south end of the home side bleachers nearest Loop 286) are reserved for Paris ISD
students only. An additional concession stand and restroom facilities are available for convenient
student access at the south end of the stadium.
Any PISD student, grades pre-K through 12, must either sit with a parent/guardian or in the designated
student sections. PISD students will be issued wristbands when they purchase their tickets. They must
wear the wristbands when they enter the stadium and may not remove the wristbands while at the
The wristband will be used by PISD administrative staff to record visits to the concession stand and/or
restroom facilities. A student will be allowed to leave the bleachers to visit that area twice during a
game. If the student leaves the bleachers a third time, he or she will be removed from the stadium.
Other provisions of the policy remain the same from previous seasons: