Paris entered last Friday night knowing they had a playoff slot secure but hoping to secure a better seed when they hosted Lamar for Senior night.
Paris was projected as a slight favorite entering the contest, but turnovers on their first three possessions put them in a deep hole. When it was over, Lamar walked away with a 48-20 win.
Lamar came out ready to play and put up 18 points in the first period and another 15 in the second. In the second quarter, Paris got a spark, and Kris Graham rushed in for a short touchdown and later hit J.P. Potts on a 53-yard pass for a score. Though Paris made progress, the 33-13 halftime deficit would prove insurmountable.
Lamar added two more scores in the third period while holding the Eagles scoreless.
Lamar gashed the Eagle defense for 340 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the evening. Kris Graham broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run in the fourth period, but the game was well decided by that point. The 48-20 final makes Paris the 5 seed in the conference and will see them travel the long road to Barton this week for the first round playoff game.
The Lamar defense held the Eagles without a 100-yard rusher on the evening. DaKovan Wise was held out of the end zone all evening and totaled 61 rushing yards.
Matthew Ezell led the defense with 12 total tackles.
Paris has been feast or famine all season, with most games decided by three or more scores. They now must take on a Barton team that is 9-1 on the season and averages over 43 points per game. Barton will look to exploit the Eagles’ run defense. On the season, Barton is averaging almost 360 yards rushing per game but less than 60 yards passing. However, Barton has given up a lot of points in their wins this season, giving the impression that this could be a high scoring affair Friday night.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Barton High School.