When the Paris varsity football team took the field for its initial playoff game last Friday at South Shelby, it had no idea Brock Wood was going to hurt its cause by running for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
The Coyotes also didn't figure on the Cardinal's Dylan Threkeld carrying the ball six times for 94 yards and a score. And while all of this might make South Shelby poor hosts, it also helped them eliminate Paris from the postseason 43-0.
Facing this charge head-on for the Coyotes was quarterback Breck Hancock at 2-for-12 for 30 yards and two interceptions along with five rushes for 13 yards and Brandon Williams completed 2-of-7 passes for 17 yards and one interception and ran the ball twice for two yards. Reese Barton also came through with two catches for 29 yards, Berrey added a seven yard catch and 15 rushes for no yards and Andrew Young had an 11-yard reception.
The defensive efforts sported some familiar faces as Williams posted a team-high 13 tackles, Andrew Young added nine defensive stops and making eight and seven tackles, respectively, were Reese Barton and Hancock. Ethan Redington also had six tackles and making five defensive stops a piece were Dennis Politte, Devin Miller and Trenton Morgan and Berrey had an interception.
Special teams sported a rather similar theme, as well, as Williams returned four kickoffs for 102 yards, Hancock punted three times for 97 yards and Barton punted three times for 102 yards. Young also put up a 15 yard kickoff and that Barton complimented with a 14-yard kickoff return for Paris.
The Coyotes end the season at 2-8 overall.
South Shelby next plays Scotland County at home on Friday at 7 p.m.