Paris wins third straight district championship; playoff game with Crandall is Thursday in Commerce
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
Paris — Quez Allen 10 run (Blake Beshirs kick), 7-0 (7:02)
Paris — Dren Rollerson 47 run (Beshirs kick), 14-0 (5:13)
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)
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)
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)
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