The first quarter of the Coyotes varsity football home contest on Friday against Knox County started like a game of pinball and ended tied at 14-14.
What came next was a defensive standoff highlighted by Knox County pitching a shutout while scoring six points each in the second and third to defeat Paris 26-14.
Riding the waves of this up-and-down matchup for the Coyotes was quarterback Breck Hancock, who went 3-for-12 for one yard and one interception with seven carries for 66 yards, Brandon Williams ran the ball three times for nine yards and made two catches for zero yard and Kaison Berrey added 10 rushes for 36 yards and a score. Berrey also charted an 81-yard kickoff return, Williams returned a punt for 14 yards and Hancock kicked off three times for 60 yards and punted five times for 190 yards.
Hancock proved just as valuable for the Coyotes on the other side of the ball with a team-high 16 tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery, Trenton Morgan made 15 defensive stops and Williams and Andrew Young charted 12 and 10 tackles, respectively. Nick Painter made nine defensive stops for Paris and Devin Brandl chipped in with one sack, as well.
The Coyotes, 2-1 overall, are at Marceline on Friday.