Paris at Lib­erty-Ey­lau

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - —JOSH RICHERT

TEAMS: Paris (3-2, 0-0) at Lib­erty-Ey­lau (1-4, 0-0) KICK­OFF: 7:30 p.m., Har­ris Field. LAST WEEK: Both teams en­joyed a bye week. LAST YEAR: Paris held on for a 16-8 win over the Leop­ards.

GAME FACTS: The se­ries is tied 14-14. Lib­erty-Ey­lau is av­er­ag­ing 36.8 points per game but giv­ing up 45.2. The Wild­cats have scored 26.2 points per game and al­lowed 27 per out­ing. Dono­van Wil­liams leads the Paris rush­ing at­tack with 125 car­ries for 719 yards and 10 TDs this fall. Over the past six sea­sons, ei­ther L-E or the Wild­cats have won the dis­trict cham­pi­onship, and this game is ex­pected to have sim­i­lar ram­i­fi­ca­tions de­spite be­ing the Dis­trict 7-4A, Di­vi­sion I opener. The only non-dis­trict op­po­nent the Leop­ards and Paris share is Pleas­ant Grove, which beat Lib­erty-Ey­lau 51-14 and Paris 45-13. COACHES COM­MENTS: Paris’ Steven

Ho­hen­berger—“Any­time you play a team that’s as ex­plo­sive and dy­namic as Lib­er­tyEy­lau, you’ve got to be dis­ci­plined, take care of the foot­ball and stay with your as­sign­ments to be able to give your­self a chance. The teams Lib­erty-Ey­lau plays in non-dis­trict pre­pares them to play, and the Paris Wild­cats

just have to make sure that we’re ready.

“It’s al­ways good to be able to catch your breath a lit­tle bit (with the bye week), as a player and as a coach. It’s a sea­son-long grind, and we were able to self eval­u­ate, fo­cus on what we’ve done good and what we need to get bet­ter with. Our fo­cus has re­ally been on our­selves. When you get into this dis­trict sched­ule, it’s about fix­ing the things that were bro­ken.”

L-E’s Steve Wells—“It doesn’t mat­ter what any­one has done so far, the real sea­son starts Fri­day night. You’ll be judged on what you do from here on out, and we’ve got some of our tough­est games at hoem this year wirh Paris, Anna and Prince­ton com­ing here. We have to take it one game at time. It’s an im­por­tant game, and our kids know that the win­ner of this game has gen­er­ally had the in­side track to pos­si­bly win­ning the gold ball. Two out of the last three years, we’ve held that tro­phy up at the end of the sea­son. I want these kids to be able to hold the gold ball up with a dis­trict cham­pi­onship.

“Look­ing at Paris on film from five dif­fer­ent games, they’re very tal­ented. We’ve got to con­tain the quar­ter­back, their run­ning back can go and they throw it well enough to honor the pass­ing game. They’ve won a lot of games run­ning the foot­ball.”

RA­DIO: KYGL 106.3 FM, 7:15 p.m.

C. GREEN Lib­erty-Ey­lau

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