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MELISSA – Quay Scott ran for two touchdowns and Dakota Smith passed for two TD’s as the Paris Wildcats broke out of their early season doldrums with a 36-19 victory Friday night over defending Class 2A state champion Melissa, which moved up to Class 3A this season .
From the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the fourth quarter, the Wildcats (2-3) put 27 straight points on the scoreboard to turn a 9-7 lead to 36-7. Melissa’s Cardinals (3-2) scored two touchdowns in the last 5:21 to make the score more respectable.
Smith, starting at quarterback for the first time since the season opener, completed 13 of 20 passes for 132 yards, including a 7-yard pass to Kenny Mason that began the Wildcats’ string of 27 unanswered points, and a 10-yard TD pass to Jackson Reeves in the third quarter. Smith punted four times for an average of 40 yards per kick.
Keandre Robinson, the starting quarterback from games two through four, is sidelined with an injured knee.
Paris is idle next week before opening District 13-3A play at home against Atlanta on Oct. 12.
Donte Bills, who played in the defensive secondary the first four games of the season, responded to a switch to offense by rushing for a game-high 88 yards on 10 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for Paris’ final touchdown.
Paris took a 2-0 lead on Melissa’s first possession of the game when the ball was snapped over the head of Melissa quarterback Chris Smith and sailed through the end zone for a safety.
Scott, who carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards, made it 9-0 on a 3-yard run 41 seconds into the second quarter and scored again on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Blake Beshirs saw action as the Wildcats’ kicker for the first time since injuring his leg several months ago during soccer season. He converted four of Paris’ five extra point attempts.
Melissa’s Chris Smith completed 12 of 22 passes for 136 yards, including touchdown tosses of 34 yards to Jackson Webb and 9 yards to Brass Woods. Marcus Ellis carried 11 times for 56 yards, including a 25-yard run in the second quarter for the Cardinals’ first touchdown.
Raheem Palmore led the Wildcats defensively with eight tackles, Jamal Black and Bricky Reed had seven tackles apiece.
Paris sacked the Melissa quarterback four times – twice by Corwin Cary and once each by Palmore and Jordan Williams.
Cary also led in tackles for loss, registering four of the team’s total of 12. Black and Reed each had two tackles for loss.
Cary, Williams and Jay Garvin forced fumbles, and Reed recovered a fumble for the Wildcats’ lone take-away.
Paris 2 14 6 14 — 36
Melissa 0 7 0 12 — 19
Paris – Safety, ball snapped out of end zone. (7:09) 2-0
Paris – Quay Scott 3 run (Blake Beshirs kick) (11:19) 9-0
Melissa – Marcus Ellis 25 run (Connor Bazis kick) (10:09) 9-7
Paris – Kenny Mason 7 pass from Dakota Smith (Beshirs kick) (6:40) 16-7
Paris – Jackson Reeves 10 pass from Smith (kick failed) (7:16) 22-7
Paris – Scott 1 run (Beshirs kick) (8:38) 29-7
Paris – Donte Bills 52 run (Beshirs kick) (6:20) 36-7
Melissa – Jackson Webb 34 pass from Chris Smith (pass failed) (5:21) 36-13
Melissa – Brass Woods 9 pass from Smith (run failed) (1:04) 36-19
First downs 18 10
Rushes-yards 46-228 24-110
Passing yards 172 136
Passes 18-25-1 12-22-0
Total yards 400 243
Punts . 4-43 4-32
Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-1
Penalties 11-85 10-50
RUSHING – Paris” Donte Bills 10-88, Quay Scott 13-71, Quez Allen 11-64, Dakota Smith 9-7, Kenny Mason 3-(-2). Melissa: Marcus Ellis 11-56, Chris Smith 6-37, Kyle Morgan 5-12, Byron Beard 2-5.
PASSING – Paris: Dakota Smith 13-20 for 132 yards, one interception; Quez Allen 5-5-0 for 40 yards, no interceptions.. Melissa – Chris Smith 12-22 for 136 yards, no interceptions.
RECEIVING — Paris – Quay Henderson 6-60, Kenny Mason 5-41, K.D. Scott 2-34, Donte Bills 2-22, Quay Scott 2-5, Jackson Reeves 1-10. Melissa – Jackson Webb 6-73, Brass Woods 3-28, J.C. Cottrell 2-8, Cameron Hunter 1-27.
RECORDS — Paris 2-3. Melissa 3-2.