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ALLEN – It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win none-the-less for Coach Bowman and the Paris Wildcats. The Paris Wildcats hadn’t won a playoff game since 1988, but that streak came to an end Saturday night as the Wildcats defeated Kaufman 27 – 19 in their bi-district playoff game.
“[This win] is exciting. For the kids, the community,” says Coach Bowman moments after his team’s victory. “It’s been such a long time since they won a playoff game.”
The Wildcats offense came out slow in the first quarter, while the defense came out on fire. The first three plays for Kaufman resulted in a loss of 11 yards, forcing a Lions punt. However, a roughing the kicker penalty gave Kaufman a first down. Kaufman would eventually find the end zone, thanks to a spectacular one handed catch by Garrett Smith.
With Kaufman leading 6 – 0, and Paris not moving the ball at all, they needed a spark. That spark came in the form of an 81 yard punt return for a touchdown. Kenny Mason took the punt at the 19 yard line, and was able to break up the middle on his way to the end zone. Paris would take a 7 – 6 lead and not look back.
In the second quarter, Keandre Robinson would add to the Wildcat lead as he took the handoff from Dakota Smith and scampered 25 yards for a touchdown. Victor Guzman would add two field goals before half time, giving the Wildcats a 20 – 6 advantage during the intermission.
The second half would see the Wildcats take a 27 – 6 lead before Kaufman mounted a small comeback. With the fourth quarter almost half over, Smith passed to Kenny Mason. Mason ran to the 27 where he was tackled. The ball squirted out and was picked up by Garrett Smith. Smith ran 70 yards for a Kaufman score. Even though it appeared Mason was down before the ball came out, the play stood and Kaufman had new life.
Kaufman would later score another touchdown with 2:31 left as Josh Ramirez took the direct snap and ran into the end zone. Paris would recover the onside kick and eventually run out the clock.
The Wildcats defense suffocated the Lions all night. Kaufman was held to 123 total yards and the Paris defense sacked the Lions’ quarterback five times. The one negative coming out of the game were the penalties. Paris had 19 penalties called against them for 130 yards.
“We were sloppy. Too many penalties. Too many turnovers,” said Coach Bowman. When asked about next week’s opponent, Kilgore, Bowman said, “We got to fix us. Fix the mistakes we made.”
The Wildcats will travel to Forney next Friday night to face Kilgore at 6:00.
Kaufman 6 0 0 13–19
Paris 7 13 7 0–27
Kaufman – Josh Ramirez 11 yard run (kick missed), 6-0, 5:30
Paris – Kenny Mason 81 yard punt return (Victor Guzman kick), 6-7, 3:37
Paris – Keandre Robinson 25 yard run (Victor Guzman kick), 6-14, 9:16
Paris – Victor Guzman 20 yard field goal, 6-17, 4:27
Paris – Victor Guzman 24 yard field goal, 6-20, :01
Paris – Quay Scott 8 yard run (Victor Guzman kick), 6-27, 2:16
Kaufman – Garrett Smith 70 yard fumble return (Batee run no good), 12-27, 6:58
Kaufman – Josh Ramirez 5 yard run (Jose Mata kick), 19-27, 2:30
Passing: Dakota Smith 218 yards
Rushing: Dakota Smith 67 yards; Quay Scott 67 yards, 1 TD; Keandre Robinson 34 yards, 1 TD; Kenny Mason 8 yards; Quay Henderson 3 yards.
Receiving: Quay Henderson 83 yards; Kadarius Scott 81 yards; Quay Scott 27 yards; Keandre Robinson 14 yards; Kenny Mason 13 yards
Passing: Clay Rhodes 63 yards
Rushing: Jacob Holley 28 yards; Josh Ramirez 15 yards, 2 TDs; Michael Prox 9 yards; Laxavier Batee – 6 yards; Clay Rhodes 2 yards
Receiving: Garrett Smith 69 yards; Josh Ramirez -1; Laxavier Batee -5;
Texarkana – The Paris High Wildcats put themselves in a great position to be District Champions coming into Friday night’s contest with Liberty Eylau. The Wildcats had already clinched a playoff berth with their impressive win against North Lamar.
The only thing left for Coach Bowman’s team was to win District. Winning District would be a major accomplishment in many people’s eyes, especially with how Paris started off the season. The Wildcats opened the 2012 campaign with an embarrassing loss at home to Mt. Pleasant. In that game, the Wildcats were down 50 – 0 in the third quarter and would ultimately lose 57 – 27.
The team from week one was a totally different team from week ten. The Wildcats started off fast Friday night and didn’t look back as they cruised to a 34 – 7 victory over Liberty Eylau. The Wildcats move on to the playoffs and will take on Kaufman next Saturday night at the new Allen Stadium.
Liberty Eylau 0 0 0 7– 7
Paris High 6 14 14 0–34
Paris Scoring Summary
Paris High – Dakota Smith 6 yard run (kick no good)
Paris High – Kadarius Scott 15 yard pass from Dakota Smith (Victor Guzman kick)
Paris High – Kenny Mason 35 yard pass from Dakota Smith (Victor Guzman kick)
Paris High – Dakota Smith 1 yard run (Victor Guzman kick)
Paris High – Quay Henderson 10 yard pass from Dakota Smith (Victor Guzman kick)
The Paris Jr. High 7th Grade White Team traveled to Texarkana Thursday evening to play the Leopards of Liberty Eylau. The Wildcats won 30-0. Offensively the Wildcats were led by Tyreak Lyons with two touchdowns, Montavius McCarty and Josh Robinson each had a touchdown, and Dante Brown score a two point conversion as well as Jordan Mitchell scored twice on two point conversions. Defensively the Wildcats were led by Josh Robinson with two fumble recoveries and Devante Robinson with one fumble recovery.
The Paris Junior High 7th Grade Blue Team traveled to Texarkana Thursday evening to play the Leopards of Liberty Eylau. The Wildcats won 22-0. Offensively the Wildcats were led by Quindarian Perry with three touchdowns and a two point conversion. Donovan Williams also scored a two point conversion. Defensively for the Wildcats Michael Godwin and Keshauwn Ellis each had a fumble recovery.
The 8th grade White team traveled to Texarkana Thursday to play the Leopards of Liberty Eylau, and came away with a 30-6 victory. Sam Cannon ran for a score from 1 yard out and threw for another to Corey Allen from 10 yards. Ke’Lontre Scott ran for two touchdowns on the ground and score a two point conversion. Bishop Hiller and Kentavious Williams each ran for a two point conversion. Keyton Gilbert, Tyrel McCalaster, and William Wood led the defense.
The 8th grade Blue team lost 38-34 to L-E. The game saw several lead changes and the Cats fought back from being down by 12 late in the 3rd quarter. Jalon Pipkins threw for two touchdowns inclucing a 95 yards catch and run to X’Tavious Young and a 20 yard throw to Tadarrius Williams as well as a two point conversion to Collin Harris. Camron Washington added a running score for the Cats. Jakerion Brown scored twice on the ground as well. Dre McKinney added a two point conversion on the ground. Marcus Beaty, Kenneth Tyler, and Dre McKinney were the leaders for the defensive side.
Although the opponent has not been determined, the venue has been set for Paris High’s first playoff game. The Wildcats will play the winner of Kaufman and Crandall on Saturday, November 17th in Allen, Texas.
The game will be played at the new $60 million stadium that opened this year for the Eagles. The stadium seats 18,000 people, has a 75 foot by 45 foot HD Scoreboard, and has been the topic of discussion among local and national media. Construction for the stadium began in 2009 and opened in August of this year. The stadium is the fifth largest High School stadium in Texas.
Coach Barry Bowman and the Wildcats are coming off an impressive victory against cross town rival North Lamar. Paris is 4-0 in District and can claim the District title with a win over Liberty Eylau on Friday night. Then, the Wildcats will begin their march through the playoffs. A march that will start in one of the most luxurious stadiums in Texas.