Having had the good fortune to start the 2018-19 varsity football season at home last week with a victory over Harrisburg, Paris was going to have to play in unfriendly confines at some point.
That didn't make the prospects of traveling to Salisbury for a Lewis and Clark Conference contest last Friday any more inviting, but the Coyotes Kaison Berrey did by rushing for 137 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. He also gave to the cause by making a three-yard reception and a team-high 14 tackles, and while this game couldn't have been much closer, in the end Paris was able to pull it out 14-12.
"(Our) defense played an outstanding game. We had multiple stops of Salisbury inside our own 20 yard line in the second quarter. Reese Barton came up with two big interceptions in the fourth quarter, one for a touchdown that gave us the lead and one that basically ended the game," said Paris coach Gary Crusha. "Offensively we struggles to be consistent, we had a hard time sustaining drives. Kaison did have some nice runs, and ran the ball hard."
The Panthers defense was consistently solid and didn't give up many yards beyond the ones gained by Berrey. For example, even though Reese Barton was able to work his way to 42 yards on eight carries, Adam McClain had just seven yards on five runs and Clayton Langured was held to negative three yards the only time he ran the ball. Barton also connected on 1-of-2 passes for eight yards and one interception, Langured went 1-for-4 for three yards and Andrew Young had an eight yard catch..
"Overall, we are glad to walk off the field with a win. It was a hard fought game between to equally matched teams," Crusha said. "We will have to work hard this week in practice to improve in several areas."
The other half of this tale featured Ethan Redington helping to set the mood with 13 tackles, including one for a loss, Dennis Pollite made eight defensive stops for Paris and dotting the eye with seven tackles each were Mac Baldenski and Devin Brandt. Bryce Clerkin also made himself know with six defensive stops, Young, Devin Miller and McClain chipped in with five tackles each and Barton put a cap on everything with four defensive stops against Salisbury, 0-2 overall, 0-2 LCC.
On special teams Berrey returned a kickoff 76 yards and also made good on a two-point conversion attempt to account for the rest of his teams scoring, Nick Painter punted six times for 139 yards and Baldenski kicked off three times for 86 yards and went 0-for-1 on extra point attempts.
The Coyotes, 2-0 overall, 2-0 LCC, welcome Scotland County on Friday.