Paris at Liberty-Eylau
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.”
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C. GREEN Liberty-Eylau