Paris High School lost their first football game of the 2017 season Friday when they returned home suffereing a 35-8 loss to Scotland County in Lewis & Clark Conference league play.
The Tigers from Memphis (1-2, 1-2 LCC) scored all of their points in the first half, and forced a running clock to be used in the second half until the Coyotes finally scored late in the fourth quarter.
Paris sophomore running back Kaison Berrey fought his way through 16 yards to score the touchdown and freshman Reese Barton caught the 2-point conversion pass thrown by senior quarterback Breck Hancock.
“We could not move the football consistently on offense like we were able to do in our first two games. Scotland County threw us some threats defensively in both the running and passing game. I don't want to make excuses, but due to injuries we started three freshmen at the line who were going up against their junior and seniors that were bigger. We kind of knew the play at the line of scrimmage would be a factor,” said Paris head football coach Gary Crucha. “We knew our defensive secondary is a weak spot and they exploited it to gain some long yardage.”
Paris (2-1, 2-1 LCC) would move the chains to garner just 152 total yards of offense during the night.
Senior Brandon Williams rushed 11 times for 55 yards, Hancock had 50 rushing yards and Berrey finished with 29. In the passing game, Hancock threw for 18 yards completing 3 of 11 attempts and he was picked three times.
“Defensively, Breck Hancock ended up with 16 tackles and that put him in the Top 10 high school tacklers all-time in the state of Missouri. He entered this game needing something like seven to reach that high level,” Crucha added.
Paris junior Andrew Young was the team's second leading tackler with 10, and Williams came down with an interception and he recovered a fumble during the outing.
The Coyotes play at home Friday, Sept. 8 against Knox County of Edina.