Bowman Praises Team Despite Playoff Loss to Kilgore
FORNEY – It didn’t take long for Kilgore to demonstrate their speed and their ability to score on Friday night. It only took one minute and six seconds before quarterback Cooper Coldiron connected with A.J. Davis on a 57 yard pass for a Kilgore touchdown. The score would put the Bulldogs up 7 – 0 and would send them on their way to a 41 – 14 win against Paris High.
It was a game in which Paris High was dominated in just about every statistical category.
“That’s a tremendous football team we just played tonight,” Coach Bowman told eParisExtra moments after the loss.
It’s hard to be too disappointed in the Wildcats efforts this season, even after a tough loss against Kilgore. For the second year in a row, Paris is District Champions. Last week, against Kaufman, the Wildcats won their first playoff game in 24 years.
“First time back-to-back district champs since ’88. First time to win a playoff game since ’88,” Bowman says. “Yeah, it’s disappointing tonight but at the same time this group has accomplished so much and I’m proud of them.”
“When you get to a place and you try to start building a program,” he says, “There’s going to be growing pains and you can have growing pains and not be in the playoffs, or you can have growing pains and be in the playoffs. We’ve been in it two years in a row, and we’ve played in it a week longer than we did a year ago. It’s a slow process, but we’re going to get there.”
Even after a 41 – 14 loss to Kilgore, it’s quite certain the future looks bright for Paris High under the direction of Coach Bowman.
Kilgore 14 17 3 7–41
Paris 0 0 0 14–14
Kilgore – A.J. Davis 57 yard pass from Cooper Coldiron (Hector Peralez kick), 10:51 7-0
Kilgore – Cooper Coldiron 8 yard run (Hector Peralez kick), 5:12, 14-0
Kilgore – Joseph Shepherd 93 yard incterception return (Hector Peralez kick), 10:12, 21-0
Kilgore – Hector Peralez 46 yard field goal, 3:01, 24-0
Kilgore – Nick Orange 10 yard pass from Cooper Coldiron (Hector Peralez kick), 0:28, 31-0
Kilgore – Hector Peralez 30 yard field goal, 9:32, 34-0
Kilgore – Austin Jordan 10 yard run (Hector Peralez kick), 9:32, 41-0
Paris – Quay Scott 12 yard run (Kadarius Scott catch), 8:36, 41-8
Paris – Kidarius Corprew 50 yard fumble return (run no good), 6:57, 41-14
Passing: Dakota Smith 103 yards
Rushing: Quay Scott 55 yards, 1TD; Dakota Smith -5 yards
Receiving: Kenny Mason 42 yards; Quay Henderson 23 yards; Keandre Robinson 18 yards; Quay Scott 8 yards; Joe Wallace 6 yards; Kadarius Scott 6 yards.
Passing: Cooper Coldiron 116 yards, 2 TD
Rushing: Austin Jordan 86 yards, 1 TD; Davieonta Brown 62 yards; Cooper Coldiron 52 yards, 1 TD; Kiondric Abron 27 yards; Kevrin Justice 24 yards; Jacobie Vidal 22 yards
Passing: A.J. Davis 57 yards, 1 TD; Nick Orange 33 yards, 1 TD; DaQuavian Brewster 16 yards; Benny Colbert 10 yards