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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;