The Paris Eagles are wrapping up their summer workouts and heading into the season under the leadership of new head coach Tyler Clark.
Clark has already made himself known in the community, making appearances with the Boys Club team and organizing his players to wash the police and fire vehicles for the city. The players have embraced the community service opportunities and are following the lead of the new leader.
Clark has also identified the quarterback of his offense in senior George Poole. A year ago, Poole was known for his tough running style and will have other backs behind him to offer multiple outlets for moving the ball. And though the linemen look to be the strength of the team, the one thing they lack is depth. Most of the linemen will play on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, not much will change in the scheme, and players are picking up where they left off a year ago. They will face a very tough schedule, with the regular season opener against Perryville at home on Friday Aug. 24.
Paris will have a chance to renew an old rivalry with Subiaco Academy, but only in a preseason scrimmage on Thursday at 6 p.m., with Johnson County Westside also competing. The night will open with Subiaco Academy against Westside, then Westside will play Paris in the second match, allowing for them to travel back while Paris and Subiaco play in the last segment of the evening.
The scrimmage will consist of two quarters of play with a running clock for each segment. Special teams will play, but there will not be live contact on the returns. The scrimmage will also be the debut of the new end zone camera purchased by the Quarterback Club during the offseason. The camera should allow the coaches to break down film from a better perspective for instruction.
The scrimmage is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Eagles Stadium.