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PLEASANT GROVE @ PARIS

 

TEAMS: Pleasant Grove Hawks (1-1) at Paris Wildcats (2-0)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m., Wildcat Stadium

LAST WEEK: Pleasant Grove fell to Argyle, 52-41, while Paris edged Celina, 10-7.

LAST YEAR: The Hawks defeated the Wildcats, 22-16.

GAME FACTS: Pleasant Grove went 15-1 last year to win its second Class 4A, Division II state championship in three years. The Hawks racked up 401 rushing yards last week against Argyle to go with 134 yards of passing. Paris plays in District 7-4A, Division I. Pleasant Grove and the Wildcats each run the Wing-T offense. Senior Logan Johnson leads the Hawks in rushing with 304 yards on 25 totes and four touchdowns. Zykius Jackson, a senior, leads Paris with 146 yards on 24 carries.

COACH'S COMMENTS: Pleasant Grove's Josh Gibson — "Within the last five years, we've had four really close games with Paris. Our game against them last year was the closest game that we had all year, not counting our one loss. We have battles and wars with them. Paris is an awesome opponent, and they have a great program. They always have athleticism, speed and strength. We have not been able to throw the ball against them in the last three years. Their secondary is skilled and fast. The game usually turns into a war in the trenches. They are really, really fast on offense and can make big plays.

"The big thing for us is that we have a lot of running backs out. Last week we had four out and got one back. We lost RJ Collins and Jaylen Boardley. We are trying to get kids healthy, but it is going the other way for us lately. We have to weather that storm. We have to capitalize with who we have. We are going to stick with our gameplan of running our offense and being efficient. We aren't going to do anything fancy."

RADIO: KTRG 94.1 FM

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