Even though the Paris varsity football team has lost its' last three games in-a-row, it also won two-straight to start the season.
That means head coach Gary Crusha and staff are looking to start a new streak, and this Friday's game at Lewis and Clark rival Fayette looks to be the launch date for what the Coyotes hope will be an incredibly exciting second half of the season,
"(Fayette is) physical, and they have a excellent running attack," Crusha said. "Defensively, they tackle well and are aggressive."
This year has actually been rather fruitful for Fayette, 4-1 overall, and began with home wins on Aug. 18 against Carrollton 30-22 and Sept. 1 verses Schuyler County 56-6 according to maxpreps.com. The Falcons also edged out a close victory at Scotland County 18-15 on Aug. 25 and on Sept. 15 the squad bested Westran at home 38-29, decisions that were sandwiched around a 48-12 loss at Marceline on Sept. 8.
"(We) are performing as expected. I would like to see us do a better job up front, and cover the pass better," Crusha said. "Long term, I would like for more students to come out and play the great game of football."
This season Paris is averaging 160.4 rushing yards and 38.4 passing yards per game. The squad also has scored 11 touchdowns and made five interceptions and four sacks.
"Offensively, I am not sure we have had any standouts. We have to play together as a team to be successful," said Crusha. "Isiah Estes has stood out for Fayette. He is the returning conference offensive player of the year. He is a gifted running back."
While the Coyotes offensive attack may be a group effort, one individual who has excelled in 2017 is Brandon Williams. After five games the senior wide receiver has 16 catches for 151 yards and a score, 38 carries for 207 yards and has returned six kickoffs for 107 yard and three punts for 34 yards.
"Defensively Breck Hancock has done an excellent job," Crusha said. "For Fayette, two people stand out, defensive end Chavez Kent and linebacker Isiah Estes."
Backing up Hancock on defense for the Coyotes has been a wealth of various athletes like Trent Morgan, who is second on the team with 44 tackles, Williams has 32 defensive stops and two interceptions and charting a sack each were Devin Brandl, Mac Balasdenski and Reese Barton. Kaison Berrey also has 27 tackles an interception and one fumble recovery, Andrew Young also has 27 defensive stops and Nick Painter has 24 tackles.
" Our kids always step it up a notch against Fayette. It is our true rivalry game, if there is a such a thing," said Crusha, "Fayette fields a very good team we will have to play a great game to compete."
The Coyotes are at Monroe City on Sept. 29.