FFN Countdown Day 20: Paris Eagles
Coach: Bryan Hutson
Returning Starters: 0 OFF/2 DEF
Sept. 6 at Johnson Co. Westside
Sept. 13 at Waldron
Sept. 20 Farmington
Sept. 27 at Mansfield
Oct. 4 Charleston
Oct. 11 Lavaca
Oct. 18 at Cedarville
Oct. 25 Atkins
Nov. 1 at Danville
Nov. 8 Lamar
Paris has been one of those teams to fly under the radar over the past few years. The 2013 season could be another one of those.
The Eagles won 10 games in 2012 but return just two starters which has prompted some to thing a down year is coming. But is that accurate?
“It depends on who you ask,” Paris coach Bryan Hutson said. “If you ask our players, they expect to win every game. If you ask people around they expect maybe we won’t be as good but you can’t that to these players. They’ve bought into what we’ve done. They’ve won the last few years and they expect to do it again.”
“We want to win every game,” senior quarterback Andy Trusty said. “We want to do our best and just work hard. We may be smaller but we’ve got to be faster. Use our speed that we’ve got and just use that to our advantage.”
Paris lost each of their top three rushers from last year’s squad but a new stable of running backs are ready to carry the load.
“It’s going to take a lot of guys with a little experience to step up,” Hutson said. “I know this is their turn, their turn to be in the limelight on Friday night. They are going to have to step up and get the job done.”
“We’re going to have to work hard and give it 100 percent every single play,” junior Grant Hutson said.
The Eagles will take on a loaded schedule once again in the 3A-4 but this new Paris team is looking to keep the momentum going.
“That’s been their battle cry,” Hutson said. “They don’t want to be the group that ends the run we’ve had lately. If we can play like we’ve been practicing I think we’ll shock some people.”
Paris kicks off the 2013 season on Sept 6 at Johnson County Westside.