On most nights the Paris varsity football team can make a living for itself as it always has under head coach Gary Crusha and that's with an offensive attack heavily predicated on the run game.
Last Friday night that traditional source of revenue, the way the Coyotes make their living, simply wasn't open to them at Knox County. Instead it was jammed packed so full of Eagles, Paris running back Kaison Berrey was held to 32 yards on 15 carries and Reese Barton had just seven yards on a mere four carries. Even starting quarterback Clayton Langerud had a negative 24 yards rushing on three runs as the Coyotes were defeated in Lewis and Clark Conference competition by Knox County 36-0.
With few other options at his disposal, Crusha switched his squad to a passing approach that Langerud turned into an 11-for-26 showing that went for 93 yards and four interceptiond. On the flip side of that approach was Nick Painter with a half dozen catches for 33 yards, Alex Green had two receptions for 13 yards and Adam McClain added a seven yard grab. Berrey had a two-yard catch, as well.
Having made 59 total tackles as a team, marshalling that parade for Paris was Ethan Redington with a team-high 12 tackles, including two for a loss, Mac Baladenski was good for nine defensive stops and making six tackles was Bryce Clerkin. Dennis Pollite was just off that pace for the Coyotes with five defensive stops and chipping in with four tackle each were Adam McClain, Berrey, Barton and Painter.
Special team were also solid for Painter as he pounted for times for 125 yards, Baladenski had a 37 yard kickoff and Berrey was good for three kickoff returns for 75 yards. McClain charted two kickoff returns for 10 yards against Knox County, 2-2 overall, 2-2 LCC, as well.
Paris, 2-2 overall, 2-2 LCC, hosts Marceline on Friday.