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The Wildcats prepared Wednesday for their scrimmage at Wills Point on Thursday by drilling on extra points. From left above are tight end K.D. Reynolds (9) and offensive linemen Kelvin Ellis (63), Marquis Gill (77), Antonio Burton (52) and Jarreckus Graves (70). (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
Quarterback Corban Taylor is caught in a pleasant moment with coaches. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
The Paris Wildcats’ first scrimmage of the 2011 football season is on the books, and head coach Barry Bowman liked what he saw against Carrollton Ranchview Saturday evening.
Starting quarterback Corban Taylor ran the team well, junior running back Quay Scott ripped off 60 yards in gains on six carries, and backup quarterback Dakota Smith threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to K.D. Reynolds for the only score of the scrimmage.
D.Q. Lipscomb ran well when the second offensive unit was on the field.
The offense had no turnovers in the 40 plays they ran.
And in three defensive sets of 15, 15 and 10 plays, a swarming Wildcat defense held Ranchview scoreless — making eight tackles for 40 yards in losses the first set, five tackles for 14 yards in losses and a fumble recovery in the second set, and four tackles for 22 yards in losses the third set.
That was 17 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for 76 yards in losses and never allowing Ranchview past midfield.
“I was very pleased by the effort, the enthusiasm – the fact that I think the kids bought in to what we were trying to sell. And the kids that were on the sideline were paying attention. They were being cheerleaders – that’s one of those intangible things that’s really important,” Bowman said.
“I was impressed defensively with just the whole unit. Dee Bogan made some plays, Brandon Ortega made some plays, Jamal White made some plays. But it’s hard for me to even single out two or three kids. I was pleased with all of them. I thought we ran to the ball defensively as a unit.”
Bowman’s goal going into the scrimmage was that his players walk away afterward, “believing in the changes that we have made in a short amount of time.”
The coaching staff will grade the film on Monday, “and certainly we have something to work on, come Monday, but I am very pleased.”
On the minus side, the eager Paris defense was flagged several times for jumping offside. Bowman was OK with that.
“I know we jumped offside numerous times. That is SO common. When we put this defense in over at Daingerfield, back in 2007, we led the world in offside penalties,” Bowman said.
Those teams won three straight Class 2A state championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before Paris coaxed Bowman to Paris early this year. He brought several of his assistants here with him.
“We’re going to get offside penalties. We know it. But we’re going to make up for it by creating turnovers and tackles for losses. And so it’s just one of those things that we’re going to get better at, but we’re going to accept it as long as we’re doing the other stuff that we’re supposed to be doing,” he said.
“Offensively, I thought without looking at the tape, I saw the offensive line run block. I thought we did it pretty well, considering we’ve been out here for eight or nine or ten days, whatever it is,” he said.
“Pass protection was … OK. I don’t like to see Corban running around as much as maybe he did tonight. Again, that’s the thing that’s going to come last. Run blocking is going to come first. Pass protection is more difficult on a high school kid, moving your feet and all that kind of stuff.”
Taylor scrambled twice in the first team offense’s second set – 19 yards on the first play and 42 yards on the last play. Neither play was designed for Taylor to run, Bowman said.
“And of course, the coaches, we’re standing back there hollering at him to get down, and he’s not. But he’s a playmaker. He makes plays with his feet, and I certainly don’t want to discourage that and take that away from him. And we will be calling some plays for him once we get going in the season.”
One big Paris gain was negated by a penalty downfield, behind the play, by receiver Brodrick Reed.
“That was nothing but a hustle penalty, but it was a dumb penalty. That’s why I went running. I don’t know if y’all saw it or not, but it took me about 17 seconds to run 25 yards. I finally got down there and, you know, that’s what I told him. I said, ‘That effort was absolutely right on the money, but it was dumb. It was dumb!’
“And so I made a point to tell the whole team (at midfield, after the scrimmage), ‘Whenever one of our teammates has the ball downfield in front of everybody, run away from them. You know, just get out of the way!’ But he won’t forget that. He probably will never do that again. I certainly was not upset with him, you know, because he was a question mark, you know, he had not played in three years, and he did some good things in the scrimmage.”
Bowman wanted to talk about his squad’s enthusiasm.
“I don’t know how it’s been here before, but I just made a point as we came out (of the locker room before the scrimmage): ‘The old is ending, and the new is beginning, and it begins today.’
“Enthusiasm, you know, it’s catching. It’s Us and it’s We and it’s Team. And that’s really all we talked about when we went out,” Bowman said.
The Wildcats head coach is big on the emphasis being on team.
Players’ names are not on the backs of the jerseys, and that’s intentional.
“I bought some really nice signs, just some things I feel very strongly about when it comes to teams and getting your eyes off yourself,” Bowman said.
“It’s the Paris Wildcats out there playing. They’re amateur, high school kids. They’re not professionals. They’re not paid a scholarship to play football. You know, it’s about ‘us.’ Individuals play, teams win championships.
“And I know we’re going to have some days where some of the old not-so-good stuff is going to show up a little bit. Hopefully it won’t show up but that one time,” he said.
“You want to be an individual? You don’t want to dress alike? You want to score and run in that end zone and beat your chest and all that? You want to be like that, go play golf. Go play Roy McElroy. Go play Tiger Williams. You beat them, beat your chest.”
But if they want to play for the Paris Wildcats, Bowman says, “Pat your teammate on the butt. You know, flip the ball to the official, act like you’ve scored before, and run off the field.”
Bowman emphasized he’s not saying his players can’t get excited.
“You know, you catch a touchdown pass or run across the goal line with the football, the fun thing nowadays is to do the little jump-up-body-bump thing. I’m OK with that. But do it and get off the field, you know? I don’t want to take the emotion and the fun out of it for them, but we’re not going to showboat either. You know, come on over to the sideline and we can celebrate all you want.”
The only negative that stood out on defense, other than eager players jumping offside, was when the second unit was on the field. Three times, Ranchview’s quarterback faked a handoff and ran for gains of 14, 9 and 32 yards – 55 yards in gains – mixed in with the second unit’s five stops for 14 yards in losses in a 15-play set.
“I know what we’re not doing. I know (one player) is supposed to be there, and it’s an assignment and technique thing that we’ve got to get cleaned up or some of the people we are going to play are going to eat us alive on it,” Bowman said.
“But it’s an easy fix. The kid, you can walk up and ask him right now. He knows the answer, but he didn’t do it,” Bowman said.
The team has a short week coming up, with a Thursday night scrimmage at Wills Point. The workouts will be at 6 p.m. this week, as opposed to the morning workouts of the past two weeks.
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By CHARLES RICHARDS
The Paris Wildcats open a new era of football today at Wildcat Stadium against Carrollton Ranchview under the guidance of new head football coach Barry Bowman.
The freshmen and junior varsity squads of the two schools will scrimmage first, at 6 p.m, both at the same time — going opposite ways from the 40-yard lines. The Paris freshmen will be in blue jerseys and the JV in white jerseys.
The two varsities will start play at 7:30 p.m. Both teams’ starting units will go at it for 15 plays each both on offense and defense. Then the second units will scrimmage for 12 plays each on offense and defense. Then the No. 1 units will come back for 10 more plays each.
Admission is $2.
Bowman comes to Paris after winning three straight state football championships at Class 2A Daingerfield.
Senior quarterback Corban Taylor, who passed for 1,862 yards and 23 touchdowns a year ago, will direct the Paris attack.
“He’s beginning to get a pretty good grasp of our offense, and the reads (of the defense) and progressions he’s got to do when we make throws,” Bowman said.
“I want a quarterback that can run the ball, and throw, and the quarterback we had (at Daingerfield) the last three years was exceptional in both areas. Corban is a talented kid, and I’m expecting good things from him,” Bowman said Friday.
“Obviously, Tevairus Williams will have a good year,” Bowman said of the 5-8, 150-pound senior wide receiver who caught had 750 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches last season.
The Wildcats have the potential for an explosive running game in junior running backs Quay Scott, 6-0, 200 pounds, and Khalid Williams, 5-8, 180 pounds. Williams will be held out of the scrimmage because of “a little hip contusion we don’t want to take a chance with,” Bowman said.
Paris will have basically two platoons – one for offense and the other for defense. The two players who do figure to log extensive time on both sides of the ball are Williams and another wide receiver, junior 5-7, 155-pound Keandre Robinson. Both will also see duty in the defensive secondary.
“We’re going to do some really good things (in the scrimmage) and we’re going to do some really bad things. it’s a glorified practice, you know, and no game plan. Sometimes, when you look bad, it’s because you had no preparation on what you’re seeing,” Bowman said.
“We’re looking to find out just who we have that can play a little bit. There are going to be some kids that we thought could play, that we really have high expectations for, that might not have a good day. And there’s going to be some that we didn’t have a high expectation for, that are going to do very well. You get surprised both ways.”
“We’re going to play well in places, and other places we’re going to play bad. And, you know, that’s OK. I want to see how we react when the other team makes a play, because I think that’s been an issue here, in the past. We go in the tank when something goes bad,” he said.
“When a mistake is made, the very next play becomes the most important play in the game. You’ve got to have a short memory. If you’re walking around with your head down, pouting about it, and the opposing offensive coordinator or head coach sees it, they’ll throw at you again. I know I would. If you bounce up, they probably won’t.”
Asked what Paris fans can expect from their team, Bowman said:
“We’re going to have some great runs, we’re going to have some great catches, we’re going to have some great throws, we’re going to have some great tackles,” he said.
“We want to go crazy as a coaching staff when we do something good. We want to correct, coach, teach the mistakes that we make. And we want to feel good when it’s over, and we want the kids to feel good when it’s over.”
Most of all, Bowman said, “I want them walking away from here believing in the changes that we have made in a short amount of time. And I think we will.”
Quarterback: Corban Taylor (15), senior, 5-10, 165.
Running backs: Quay Scott (33), junior, 6-0, 200; Kenterious Perkins (25), junior, 6-0, 175; Troy Pittman (5), senior, 5-7, 165.
Wide Receivers: Tevairus Williams (1), senior, 5-8, 150; Keandre Robinson (2), junior, 5-7, 155; Kenny Mason (3), 5-7, 160; Brodrick Reed (7), senior, 6-3, 185.
Offensive Line: Tez Allen (64), senior, 6-0, 240; Marquis Gill (77), junior, 6-1, 275; Antonio Burton (52), sophomore, 6-1, 280; Andrew Dunn (53), junior, 5-11, 180; and Jarreckus Graves (70), senior, 6-4, 290.
Defensive Line: K.D. Reynolds (9), senior, 6-3, 205; D.Q. Lipscomb (20), senior, 5-8, 180; Sed Ellis (22), junior, 6-1, 175.
Defensive Backs: Donte Bills (6), junior, 5-9, 175; Traveon Gaines (14), junior, 6-0, 170; Jailon Garvin (24), junior, 5-9, 180; Trey Peeples (21), senior, 5-10, 175; Raheem Palmore (11), junior, 5-11, 190; Brandon Ortega (30), senior, 5-8, 165.
Head Football Coach and Athletic Director: Barry Bowman.
Assistant Coaches: Offensive coordinator, Martin Bryant; defensive coordinator, Terry Anderson; Augie Berend; Jeremy Beshirs; Tony Grosso; Ryan Hood; Michael Johnson; Lonnie Norton; Rick Porter; Rod Richardson; Dallas Robertson; Tony Sanders; Thomas Herndon; Anthony Bryan; John Croy; Joel Hudson; Jason Iglehart; Austin Jones; Chris McClure.
Athletic Trainer: Chad Helberg.
PARIS HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY ROSTER
The Paris High School football team wrapped up its first week of pre-season two-a-days on Saturday with a two-hour special teams drill. Interestingly, head coach Barry Bowman’s teams at Daingerfield, which won the last three Class 2A state championships, didn’t spend much time punting the ball away on fourth downs. “How many times did we punt in three years? Forty times? Forty times at the most,” was Bowman’s conversation Saturday with an assistant he brought with him from Daingerfield. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
By CHARLES RICHARDS
The offensive coordinator for the Paris Wildcats said he was pleased with the first week of pre-season football drills.
“We had to make a couple of adjustments because of the heat, but beside that, it’s gone well,” said offensive coordinator Martin Bryant.
His last three football campaigns were over at Class 2A Daingerfield as offensive coordinator with new PHS coach Barry Bowman, and all three seasons ended with state championships.
In a Texas Football Magazine pre-season poll, 2A coaches picked Daingerfield as the No. 1 team in the state again to begin this season.
Meanwhile, Bowman and Bryant & Company try to work their wonder with a squad that went 4-6 last year.
The Wildcats return 10 offensive starters, including quarterback Corbin Taylor, who passed for 1,862 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2010. His favorite target, Tevarius Williams, who caught 10 TD passes and 750 receiving yards, also is back.
Temperatures were well over 100 last week, but the coaching staff countered by scheduling all the workouts to begin at 7 a.m. and scheduling lots of water breaks. The practices occurred mostly with temperatures in the high 80s to mid-90s.
“I was impressed with the kids and the way they handled the heat,” Bryant said. “The first week is always tough, for the coaches and the kids, but it’s really tough on kids because we’re putting so much stuff in, and they’re trying to get in shape and learn at the same time,” Bryant said.
“I think the kids handled it really well. Their attitude has been good, and their effort has been great. So I was pleased.”
After four days in shorts, t-shirts and helmets, the team was able to suit out in shoulder pads and jerseys beginning Friday.
“It always answers a lot of questions with your offensive linemen and linebackers when you put pads on them. You can see exactly where their aggressiveness is, and whether they can translate their knowledge into pads,” Bryant said.
Saturday, the Wildcats had a short practice with the emphasis on special teams – with work not on just the punting but on finding the best person to handle the deep snaps from center.
“We were fortunate enough at Daingerfield that we didn’t have to punt a lot,” Bryant confirmed. Daingerfield had a high-scoring team that was seldom placed in fourth-and-long situations during the 2008-09-10 seasons.
“How many times did we punt the last three years? Forty times in three years. Forty times at most,” Bowman said.
“It was great to go out there today and have a shorter practice and kind of change up the pace on the kids,” Bryant said Saturday. “The practice was a little more laid back and low key as we eased into the weekend. I thought it was a good day.”
Bryant said the coaching staff was able to get “probably 60 to 65 percent of our offense in” during the first week of practice.
“A lot of what we’ve got in right now is the same stuff that we were able to go through in the spring, so it’s gone pretty easy and the kids have kind of pulled it out of their memory banks,” Bryant said.
“I was really impressed with the way they remembered and brought stuff back up from the spring.”
Week 2 practices will be pretty close to Week 1, the offensive coordinator said, as coaches prepare the players for a scrimmage against another Class 3A team, Carrollton Ranchview, in Wildcat Stadium on Saturday.
“Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be very similar to the first week. Our first practice will start at 7 a.m., with a break of 45 minutes to an hour in the middle, then go back for more practice. Hopefully we’ll be off the field by 11 a.m.,” Bryant said.
“Thursday and Friday, as we get closer to scrimmaging, we’ll cut back a little bit and shorten practice to make sure we’re fresh for Saturday and got plenty of legs when we get to scrimmage.”
The junior varsity and freshmen will scrimmage Carrollton Ranchview’s JV and freshmen teams simultaneously beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday – working in opposite directions from the 40-yard line.
While the Paris JV is on offense on one end of the field, the Paris freshmen team will be on defense on the other end.
“That way, the same coaches aren’t trying to go back and forth and watch both groups at the same time,” Bryant said. Offensive coaches will be with whichever unit is on offense, while defensive coaches are with the unit that is on defense.
The varsity scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Admission will be free.
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Paris High School football players are shown Friday morning during one of the several breaks given during the workout in 99-degree weather, which was accompanied by a gentle breeze. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)
Paris High School head coach Barry Bowman instructs quarterbacks Corbin Taylor (15) and Curtis Smith (14) during Friday morning’s workout — the first where players added shoulder pads to their attire. Looking on is offensive coordinator Martin Bryant. (eParisExtra photo by Charles Richards)