Big plays help Pioneers beat Paris 38-20

September 19, 2004|GARY MOYERS

PARIS - Harrodsburg turned its big-play offense loose to fight off a third-quarter challenge by Paris here Friday, finally pulling away to a 38-20 victory to remain undefeated after four games.

The six Pioneer touchdowns came on plays covering 39, 65, 72, 58, 52 and 45 yards, with the last two scores coming after previously unbeaten Paris pulled within six points late in the third period.

"The thing I'm so proud of is that, other than our offensive line we're a young group, but we stayed relaxed when Paris came back on us," said HHS coach Terry Yeast. "Nobody panicked and we got the big plays when we needed them to put the game away."

Paris' comeback came after Harrodsburg jumped to a 26-6 lead, and Yeast was concerned that last week's open date may have left his team flat at times.


"No excuses, but we had a lot of conflicts, a lot of things happen last week that caused a lot of kids to miss practice," he said. "Thank God it happened in an open week and not when we had a game to play."

Yeast opened his offense up a bit against Paris by lining up Ford and Jackson at receiver positions, but in the end most of the big plays came on runs between the tackles. The two sophomores combined for 280 yards on the ground - 183 by Ford and 97 by Jackson - and five touchdowns.

"Sometimes we coaches try to outthink ourselves and we get ourselves in trouble," said Yeast. "We had success early with our bread-and-butter plays, and we kept going back to those plays tonight and they worked."

Fullback Shane Webb caught three passes for 103 yards and a score from quarterback Freeman Edwards to lend some versatility to the attack.

Defensively, Harrodsburg applied pressure to Paris quarterback Trevor Rice and sacked him six times for losses. He was hit on nearly all of his 17 pass attempts and was intercepted twice by Edwards.

"We did a nice job disrupting their passing game," said Yeast. "DeMarkus (Masterson) was all over their quarterback, and we got good pressure from Richard Reilly. We didn't give them a lot of time to throw the ball all night."

White has 15 stops

Travis White had 15 stops for a Pioneer defense that allowed 196 yards on the ground and 103 in the air. Webb added four tackles, and Rashad Buster had 11.

Ford opened the scoring with a 39-yard run, getting free when Jackson threw a big block near the line of scrimmage. Ford returned the favor by springing Jackson loose for a 65-yard scoring dash two minutes later on the same play.

After a Paris touchdown by Ryan Kenimer early in the second period, Webb hauled in a 72-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to give the Pioneers a 20-6 halftime lead.

Edwards, who was 5-for-13 passing for 154 yards, found a wide-open Ford with a 58-yard scoring strike early in the third period to give the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game, but Paris came roaring back to make a game of it.

The Greyhounds got a safety when a bad snap was covered by Ford in the end zone, and added another touchdown after a Pioneer fumble. Then with 3:11 to play in the period, Rice hit Alex Walker for 47 yards and a score to close the gap to 26-20.

That was as close as it got. Ford ran one of the "bread-and-butter" plays off right tackle and raced 52 yards for a touchdown late in the period, and Jackson sealed the deal three plays into the final quarter by fielding a punt at the Paris 45, dancing past two tacklers and racing to the end zone.

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