Last season the Paris varsity football team entered the postseason on a seven-game losing streak before gracefully bowing out.
This year the Coyotes were looking at that exact same predicament heading into their Class 1, District 6, contest at Scotland County with every intention of taking control of their own destiny this time around. Despite those best intentions Paris found itself trailing 22-0 at the end of the first quarter and 56-0 at halftime before finally scoring eight points in the third quarter and six in the fourth to lose 56-14.
In the face of all that adversity Coyotes signal caller Clayton Langerud still was able to complete 16-of-35 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and run the ball 12 times for 30 yards. On the other side of those passes was Nick Painter with seven receptions for 53 yards and a score, Reeses Barton hade six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown and Adam McClain added two grabs for 10 yards.
On the other side of the ball heading up Paris' 63 tackle effort was McClain with a team high 17 defensive stops, Barton came through with nine tackles and Devin Brandl charted eight defensive stops. Mac Baladenski also posted seven tackles, which included one tackle for a loss, Aaron White made six defensive stops and making four tackles each were Painter and Devin Miller.
Special teams was an effort led by Brandl with five punts for 185 yards, Baladenski put up three kickoffs for 130 yards Barton got down with three kickoff returns for 44 yards. Painter was also in that mix with five kickoff returns for 71 yards and two punts returns for 16 yards.
Paris ends 2018 with a record of 2-8 overall.
Scotland County, 8-2 overall, next plays at home on Friday at 7 p.m. against South Shelby, 4-6 overall, which defeated Knox County 36-0 at home on Oct. 26.