The 33rd match-up of the North Lamar Panthers and the Paris Wildcats was Friday, November 2. On a muddy field, the teams battled it out with the Wildcats coming out on top with their lowest score of the season, 21-0.
The Panthers gave a valiant effort in the first half and held the Wildcats scoreless for the whole first quarter, but it was not enough to get the win. It was clear to see North Lamar was not going to be overlooked by the dominant Paris ‘Cats.
The Panthers took control of the game in the first quarter and proved themselves worthy defensively and stopped the highly ranked Wildcats. Paris appeared to go through the motions until late in the second half when tensions on both sides started rising.
The teams first played each other in 1987 and Paris won the first 8 games, but North Lamar broke that streak in 1995. The current record after Friday’s game is 27-6 with Paris winning the majority.
Next week, North Lamar seeks to end their season on a win as they travel to Melissa on November 7. Paris has the next week off as they have a bye week and then are headed to the playoffs.
“We’re looking forward to the playoffs, I think we have a good chance,” said Running back Zykius Jackson.” ” We are getting better all-around defensively and offensively, we had some bumps and bruises, but we are gonna fix ‘em.”
Stay tuned as eParisExtra travels to support both teams’ bands as they compete at the UIL State meet in San Antonio, November 7. The live coverage is sponsored by First Federal Community Bank, Ballard Insurance, Everett Toyota of Paris, Quality Care ER, Powerjack, Young Title Company and Peoples Bank of Paris.
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