When Clarksville came to town for the Eagles second game of the season, it was easy to see that numbers were going to be an issue.
Paris has just over 30 players, while Clarksville lined the field with players, something common for schools in their classification. When you factor in the number of two-way athletes playing for the Eagles, the heat and attrition proved to be as much a foe as the Panthers.
The Eagles offense could never find their way, and Clarksville got going early and kept the pace. The Panthers put up two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters before the running clock helped speed through the fourth. Clarksville racked up 359 rushing yards and beat Paris 41-0, with Paris finding themselves outmanned and simply outnumbered by the larger school.
A week later, Paris looked to have an opportunity against another larger classification school when they traveled to Waldron. The Bulldogs had done their homework, and immediately put their ground game to work. They put up four scores in the first half, but Paris countered with two of their own, including the highlight of the night when Keller Keen took a pass from George Poole 66 yards for the score. Paris trailed 28-13 at the half.
Paris could not find a way to stop the Waldron rushing attack, giving up 423 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in the 54-28 loss. Poole threw for two touchdowns and Keen had 102 receiving yards in the loss, but Paris never got the offense moving consistently. Travis Bryant led the way with 11 tackles, and Adam Chandler added nine of his own.
Paris will have a week off before hosting State Title contender and top-ranked Booneville in the conference opener.