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ATLANTA, Texas — Quarterback Quez Allen passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Paris Wildcats to a 41-20 victory Friday over Atlanta.
Paris improved to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in District 13-3A. Atlanta’s Rabbits fell to 3-3 and 0-1.
Allen completed touchdown passes of 54 and 5 yards to Kenny Mason and 16 yards to Dren Rollerson.
Those three TD passes and Rollerson’s 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Paris a 28-10 lead — Atlanta’s points coming on a 32-yard field goal by Nick Bishop and a 13-yard run by Eddrick King.
Play was halted by a power outage in the second quarter that darkened the north end of the field. The lights came on after a delay of about 15 minutes.
Atlanta cut its deficit to 28-20 in the third quarter on quarterback Chase Musgrove’s scramble for a 59-yard touchdown run and Bishop’s 30-yard field goal.
But the fourth quarter belonged to Paris. Allen ran 18 yards for a score on the Wildcats’ first play of the period, pushing their advantage to 35-20. Rollerson wrapped up Paris’ scoring with a 10-yard run with three minutes remaining for the final 41-20 score.
Allen completed 7 of 15 passes for 152 yards, with one interception.
But the Wildcats stayed mostly on the ground. Allen ran for 163 yards in 18 carries, and Rollerson added 134 yards in 22 carries.
Mason gained 11 yards in two carries. Three other rushing attempts lost nine yards, and there was a 17-yard loss on a ball snapped over Allen’s head in the third quarter.
Musgrove completed 9 of 23 passes for 113 yards, and he led Atlanta’s ground game with 12 carries for 82 yards. Damien Lawson added 43 yards on eight carries.
Only half of the Wildcats’ six extra point ties went smoothly. The first of Blake Beshirs’ kicks was blocked, holder Mason completed a pass to Josh Reynolds for two points after a bad snap, and another point-after try failed on an incomplete pass.
Paris and Atlanta each had an interception and a fumble lost. Paris’ fumble came on the second-half kicloff, and Logan Vise intercepted a pass from Allen. Paris repaid the favor with an interception by Za King and a fumble recovery by Garland Jenkins.
Linebacker Brickey Reed had 13 tackles for the Wildcats, five behind the Atlanta line of scrimmage, and forced two fumbles.
Reynolds had 10 tackles (three for loss), and Jordan Williams had 9 tackles, including a sack and six other tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Joe Wallace was credited with breaking up two passes.
On special teams, Beshirs had five punts for an average of 22.4 yards and six kickoffs for an average of 35.2 yards. Cordarrius Hill returned two punts for 33 yards. The Wildcats had four kickoff returns — K.D. Scott one for 40 yards, Shun Woodson one for 19 yards, Wallace one for 13 yards, and Devin Smith one for 12 yards.
Paris — Kenny Mason 54 pass from Quez Allen (kick failed)
Atlanta — FG Nick Bishop 32
Paris — Dren Rollerson 16 pass from Allen (Blake Beshirs kick)
Atlanta — Eddrick King 13 run (Bishop kick)
Paris — Mason 5 pass from Allen (Josh Reynolds pass from Mason)
Paris — Rollerson 15 run (Beshirs kick)
Atlanta — Chase Musgrove 59 run (Bisop kick)
Atlanta — FG Bishop 30
Paris — Allen 18 run (Beshirs kick)
Paris — Rollerson 10 run (pass failed)
First Downs 20 15
Rushes-Yds 40-282 36-172
Passes 7-15-1 9-23-1
Punts 4-22.4 5-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 4-1 2-1
Penalties-Yds 3-15 3-15
RUSHING — Paris: Quez Allen 18-163, Dren Rollerson 22-134, Kenny Mason 2-11, Naire Gaines 1-(minus 2), Kevin Jackson 2-(minus 7), Team 1-(minus 17). Atlanta: Chase Musgrove 12-82, Damien Lawson 8-43, Eddrick King 4-25, Dequan Allen 12-22.
PASSING – Paris: Quez Allen 7-15-1 for 152. Atlanta: Chase Musgrove 9-23-1 for 113.
RECEIVING — Paris: Kenny Mason 2-59, Dren Rollerson 2-21, K.D. Scott 1-33, Jackson Reeves 1-22, Cordarrius Hill 1-18. Atlanta: Eddrick King 3-18, Nigel Johnson 2-34, Zach Marsh 2-32, Dequan Allen 2-29.