The Eagles rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense withstood the Mansfield aerial attack, preserving a win and balancing out the lack of scoring in the second half.
When Paris went on the road to Mansfield last Friday night, many were wondering where the offensive speed and the stout defense they saw in the opening game at Yellville would reappear.
Early on, the Eagles showed their intent to spoil Homecoming for the Tigers, which they did, coming away with a 19-12 conference win.
In the opening quarter, Paris drove the field and DaKovan Wise punched it in from nine yards out. Mansfield had stellar quarterback play, and one of the few miscues came early when Wise came up big again for the Eagles, intercepting a potential touchdown pass near the goal line and returning it back 10 yards.
Still in the first period, Paris struck again when their own quarterback answered with a 59-yard scamper through the Mansfield defense for a score, putting the Eagles up 13-0.
In the second period, Mansfield scored through the air, and Paris again got it done on the ground with a six-yard run from Wise. At the half, Paris felt comfortable with a 19-6 lead, moving the ball on the ground at a pace they surely felt should have resulted in more points.
In the second half, the momentum shifted. Paris surrendered a long touchdown, and Mansfield drew to within a score. Paris was clinging to a 19-12 margin after three quarters of play. Paris could not find the end zone again, but with win
The Eagles rushed for 315 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense withstood the Mansfield aerial attack, preserving a win and balancing out the lack of scoring in the second half. Kevin Swafford led defensively with eight tackles, with Matthew Ezell and DaKovan Wise each adding six. The early interception from Wise proved to be the difference maker as the Eagles win and look forward to rivalry week against an undefeated and highly ranked Charleston team. Paris will host Friday night, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.