In both 2016-17 and 2017-18 the Paris varsity football team began the year with a resounding victory over Harrisburg, only to end the season with a record of 2-8 overall and a loss in the first round of the Missouri State High School Activities Association season ending championship tournament.
Last Friday that cycle began again as the Coyotes welcomed the Bulldogs for another season-opening Lewis and Clark Conference contest and then quickly dispatched them 45-8. Now Paris needs to see what it can do to take this victory and turn it into something more than merely a nice start.
"Our guys came out with a lot of energy and executed from the very start. Our Offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage. Our Offensive Line (are) the Players of the game," said Paris coach Gary Crusha. "Our Running backs did a great job of running and finding the holes. Our Defense played extremely well, we flew to the ball and played good team defense."
One player who had quite an unusual game considering his position was new signal caller Clayton Langerud at 1-for-1 for 19 yards and two carries for seven rushing yards. As for Kaison Berrey, he lit up the opposition for 149 yards and a touchdown while Adam McClain complimented that performance by running for 138 yards and a pair of scores on 11 runs.
Reese Barton also came through with 25 ground yards and a touchdown on six rushes, Bryce Clerkin added 57 yards on eight carries and Nick Painter came through to the tune of 47 yards on three attempts in addition to his 19-yard catch.
The other side of this effort featured 49 tackles for the Coyotes, five of which and a fumble recovery were credited to Andrew Young. Paris' Devin Miller actually was at the forefront of this offensive shutdown by Harrisburg with 11 tackles, Ethan Redington made eight defensive stops and Berrey was good for five tackles. Painter also had an interception.
On special teams Mac Balasdenski kicked off eight times for 343 yards and connected on 3-of-5 point after attempts and Berrey returned three punts for 34 yards and one kickoff for 14 yards.
Paris, 1-0 overall, 1-0 LCC, welcomes Salisbury, 0-1 overall, 0-1 LCC, for a league game on Friday.