As the Paris Varsity Eagles traveled to Lamar Friday night, there is little doubt that Head Coach Tyler Clark was thinking to the night before when the Junior Eagles dropped a game they felt they should have won.
The Junior Eagles lost to Lamar in double overtime on a game where they had two touchdowns called back in regulation and turned the ball over numerous times. For the varsity boys to be successful, they would have to limit turnovers and stop the power turn game Lamar was going to throw at them.
In the first quarter, Paris held their own, giving up a single score but unable to get much going on offense. In the second quarter, momentum shifted. The Eagles gave up a safety, and from there, the Warriors put the game away. Just before the half, leading 35-0, Lamar kicked an onside kick, ensuring that the bitter rivalry will continue.
Paris recovered the onside kick but could not take advantage of the field position. In the second half, with the running clock, Lamar added one score while Blaise Woods broke two long scoring runs of over 60 yards. Woods finished with 157 yards, and with multiple backs totaling negative yardage, Woods had 20 more yards than the team total. Anthony Potts led the way with nine tackles, and Ethan Needham added another eight.
Paris had no answer for the Lamar rushing attack, giving up 338 yards on the ground and allowing five rushing touchdowns. Paris will have a busy week with homecoming festivities leading up to the 7 p.m. game against Cedarville Friday night.