The Paris Eagles took the field for their last home game Friday night, as senior members of all fall sports and the marching band were recognized pre-game.
Paris was facing a Greenland team that had some significant wins on their resume already this year and were known for a high powered offense. Early on, the Eagles could find no rhythm on either side of the ball, and the Greenland offense imposed its will, scoring three times in the opening quarter.
After two more scores in the second quarter, the Eagles headed into halftime trailing 34-0. In the second half, things were getting heated, as the scoreboard and the endless taunting from the visitors took its toll. Players were separated at one point, resulting in one ejection, but could have easily involved multiple violations from both teams.
From that point forward, Paris held their own, and the offense pushed their way down the field for a fourth-quarter score. Pressure from the defensive end slot helped on the defensive side of the ball, as the leading tacklers, Luke Trusty (seven) and Landen Forbis (six) clamped down in the second half. Paris outscored Greenland in the second half, but the damage had been done early.
Blaise Woods led the offense with 67 yards and a touchdown on a direct snap that saw him bulldoze his way into the end zone for the lone score. Eli Fore added 55 rushing yards for the Eagles.
Though they will go winless on their home field this season, this team has shown no quit with one more chance at a victory remaining. It has been a difficult season, with a short roster and a steep learning curve under first-year head coach Tyler Clark. They take the field for the final game of the season on the road against the 6-3 Mansfield Tigers Friday night at 7 p.m.