Last Friday there were literally a whirlwind of things that came together to steal the home field advantage from the Paris varsity football team when it hosted Scotland County, much of which was weather related and turned the field into a slow track that only got slower as the precitation gathered.
Try as they might, when you have more penalties, seven, than you do first downs, two, that's a recipe for disaster on the gridiron if ever there was one. Add to that the fact the Coyotes racked up 35 penalty yards, yet ran just 34 plays, and the fact they ended up finding themselves on the wrong side of a 26-0 decision to the Tigers is simply the unfortunate conclusion.
"We did not execute very well on either side of the ball. Offensively we could not take care of the ball or control the line of scrimmage. We had way too many turnovers to be successful," said coach Gary Crusha. "Defensively we played well at times, but gave up too many big plays. We have to get better this week in order to have a chance to compete vs Knox County."
One player who still managed to shine despite the wind and rain was Kaison Berrey with 21 carries for 91 yards and Reese Barton ran the ball six times for 14 yards. The flip side of things reveals that the poor conditions also led to seven fumbles, six of which were recovered by Scotland County. Paris was also 0-for-12 passing as a team with one interception.
The defensive tale for this contest featured a few more highlights for the Coyotes and leading that charge were Ethan Redington and Devin Brandt with 18 and 17 tackles, respectively, Andrew Young added nine defensive stops and Barton and Adam McClain added seven tackles each. Nick Painter also swooped in and made four tackles and an interception and Clayton Langerud charted a half-dozen defensive stops.
Special teams weren't much of a factor for Paris in this contest, at all, as Berrey returned two punts for 10 yards and three kickoffs for 30 yards, Painter punted once for 34 yards and Barton punted twice for 61 yards. Young also kicked off once for 11 yards.
The Coyotes, 2-1 overall, 2-1 Lewis and Clark Conference, are at Knox County on Friday at 7 p.m.