Paris wins third straight district championship; playoff game with Crandall is Thursday in Commerce

Quarterback Quez Allen

Quarterback Quez Allen

WILDCAT STADIUM, Paris — Quarterback Quez Allen scored on runs of 10, 45 and 33 yards as Paris wrapped up the District 13-3A championship Friday night with a dominating 48-20 victory over Liberty-Eylau.

Three other Wildcats had rushing touchdowns on an evening when Paris overwhelmed the Leopards with 396 yards on the ground and six rushing touchdowns.

Liberty-Eylau won the toss and elected to receive, but the Paris defense held the Leopards to 3-and-outs on their first two possessions. When Paris scored on each of its first two possessions for a 14-0 lead, the writing was on the wall.

Allen capped a 10-play, 57-yard drive with a 10-yard TD run, and Dren Rollerson went 47 yards to pay dirt on the first play after a 28-yard punt set the Wildcats up in good field position.

The victory gave Paris its third straight district championship — the first time the Wildcats have done that. In the process, Paris has also gone undefeated in district, going 5-and-0 in district play for the third straight time.

Paris will play Crandall next week in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. The game will be at 8 p.m. Thursday in Commerce.

Allen had 24 carries for 188 yards; Rollerson 8 carries for 74 yards; Shundarrious Woodson 11 carries for 105 yards, including a 36-yard TD run; and Cordarrius Hill 3 carries for 29 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown.

Meanwhile, a Wildcat defense headed by Jackson Reeves, Jordan Williams and Bricky Reed spent much of the night in the Liberty-Eylau backfield, forcing a safety in the third quarter.

Allen completed 5-of-9 passes for 81 yards. He was intercepted once. Liberty-Eylau’s Taiwa Braxton stopped one Paris threat by intercepting at the Leopard 7 midway through the third quarter.

On the very next play, though, the Wildcat defense knocked the ball loose. The ball bounced behind the goal line, and Paris got a safety when the Cougars recovered in the end zone.

Blake Beshirs added a 38-yard field goal and five extra points.

After Allen’s 33-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, a dead-ball unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Paris put the ball on the 18 for the extra point.

Liberty-Eylau blocked the extra point kick, but the ball bounced right into the hands of K.D. Scott, who raced untouched around the right side and into the end zone for a two-point conversion.

The one part of the game where Liberty-Eylau dominated was in the punting game. L-E quarterback Javon Rigsby punhted six times for a 46.5-yard average, while Paris punted three times for a 25.9-yard average, enabling Liberty-Eylau to start most of its drives in excellent field position.

Liberty-Eylau was down 17-0 before it scored on Rigsby’s 30-yard pass to D.Q. Steels with 2:58 left in the second quarter. Paris led 24-6 at the half.

Rigsby had a beautiful 50-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, hitting wide receiver Keith Wynkoop behind a Paris defender downfield late in the third quarter.

Davion Carr, a wide receiver who has committed to Baylor, got Liberty-Eylau’s last touchdown on a 3-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. But the Wildcats pretty well controlled him throughout the evening.

Liberty-Eylau  0-  6- 8- 6–20

Paris         14-10- 9-15–48

First Quarter:

Paris — Quez Allen 10 run (Blake Beshirs kick), 7-0 (7:02)

Paris — Dren Rollerson 47 run (Beshirs kick), 14-0 (5:13)

Second Quarter:

Paris — FG Beshirs 38, 17-0 (3:23)

L-E — D.Q. Steels 30 pass from Javon Rigsby (run fails), 17-6 (2:58)

Paris — Allen 45 run (Beshirs kick), 24-6 (2:20)

Third Quarter:

Paris — Shundarrious Woodson 36 run (Beshirs kick), 31-6 (9:59)

Paris — Safety, Liberty-Eylau tackled in its own end zone, 33-6 (7:56)

L-E — Keith Wynkoop 50 pass from Rigsby (Davion Hall pass from Rigsby), 33-14 (1:46)

Fourth Quarter:

Paris — Allen 33 run (K.D. Scott run with blocked extra point), 41-14 (10:42)

L-E — Hall 3 run (pass fails), 41-20 (6:54)

Paris — Cordarrius Hill 14 run (Beshirs kick), 48-20 (4:38)



                                      L-E             Paris

First Downs                 12                      20

Yards Rushing       31-56             46-396

Yards Passing          170                     81

Passes               13-31-0               5-9-1

Fumbles-Lost            1-1                   3-2

Penalties                   5-45                8-85

Punts                       6-46.5             3-25.9

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.