Tigers roll over Marshall Lions 62-12

By Jeff Chambers prairiepresssports@gmail.com
Posted 4/5/21

MARSHALL — On a day that felt like late October football playoff atmosphere, the Paris Tigers completely dominated the Marshall Lions on their own field by the score of 62-12.

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Tigers roll over Marshall Lions 62-12

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MARSHALL — On a day that felt like late October football playoff atmosphere, the Paris Tigers completely dominated the Marshall Lions on their own field by the score of 62-12.

With the victory, the Tigers even their record at 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the Little Illini Conference. Marshall falls to 0-2 (0-2).

While the Tiger offense receives the headlines after posting 62 points, the Tiger defense is really the unit that deserves the praise.

Paris held the Lions to just 160 yards of total offense and just six points on the day. The other six points came on an interception return for a touchdown early in the first quarter.

Marshall received the ball to start the game and set the tone for how they were going to try to upset the Tigers on this day.

Facing a 4th-and-2 from their own 40-yard line, the Lions went for the first down,  only to see quarterback Luke Cook’s pass fall incomplete.

Paris took over at the Marshall 40-yard line and scored three plays later on a 6-yard run by quarterback Danny Perry. The big play on this abbreviated drive was a 30-yard catch-and-run by Mason Hutchings to set up a first-and-goal. Garrett King booted the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0 with 9:32 left in the first quarter.

A Jude Sullivan sack provided the Tigers with another short field. Paris began its  second drive from the Lion 35-yard line. Five straight rushes from Norman Phillips, Perry and Nick Mohler moved the ball to the Marshall one-yard line. Perry’s pass on second-and-goal was intercepted by the Lions and returned all the way for a touchdown to make it 7-6 Paris with 4:49 remaining in the first period.

Blessed with great field position once again, the Tigers embarked on their longest scoring drive of the day — in terms of the number of plays. This drive took nine plays and ran 3:30 off of the clock. The end result was a one-yard touchdown run from Hutchings to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead at the 1:09 mark of the first.

Kicking off into a stiff 20-plus mile per hour wind, Garrett King pooch kicked the ball near the Marshall sideline where the receiver had trouble securing it. Pouncing on the loose ball for the Tigers was junior Conor Breneman who gained possession at the Marshall 30-yard line.

Four plays later, Perry hit Bryan Kohlmeyer on a swing pass for an 18-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 20-6 lead with 10:53 left in the first half.

If you thought that scoring drive was quick, the next Paris score was even quicker.

King once again sent the kickoff just 20-30 yards in hopes that the Marshall kick returner would not be able to corral the football. Once again the Tigers were there to recover the ball as Ethan Dick recovered the kick at the Lions’ 26-yard line.

Mohler gained 25 yards on the first play of the drive and was rewarded with a second carry from the one yard line in which he scored the 26th point. Perry scampered in for the two-point conversion to give the Tigers a 28-6 lead. This two-play drive lasted just 18 seconds.

The Tiger defense allowed just 14 yards over the next two Marshall drives.

Trailing by 22-points in the second quarter, Marshall Coach Jared Boyll made the decision to forego punting the football on each of the next two Lion drives.

The first time the plan paid off as the Tigers began their next possession at the Marshall 38-yard line. Seven plays later, the Lion defense stiffened and the Tigers turned the ball over on downs at the Marshall eight-yard line.

After gaining somewhat of a moral victory by keeping the Tigers out of the end zone for the first time all day, the Lion coach made a somewhat curious decision. Facing a 4th-and-3 at their own 14-yard line, Boyll kept his offense on the field to try to convert the first down. Cook’s pass fell incomplete giving the Tigers the ball once again on downs — this time in the shadow of the Marshall goalposts.

Eli Board ripped off a six-yard run on first down then Kohlmeyer reached paydirt for his second score of the day. King tacked on the extra point to give the Tigers a 35-6 lead with 3:49 left in the second quarter.

However, the scoreboard was not quite finished compiling points over the final few minutes.

Marshall mounted a six-play drive before once again turning the ball over on downs. Facing a first-and-10 at their own 34-yard line with just under two minutes remaining, the Tigers wanted more.

Perry found tight end Jude Sullivan over the middle and the senior raced all the way to the Marshall six. King scored from two yards out to make it 42-6.

Marshall scored with just 10 seconds remaining on the clock to make the score 42-12 at the half.

After deferring possession to start the game, the Tigers received the ball to start the third quarter.

King put the Paris offense in great position to start the half as he returned the Marshall kick 38 yards to the Lion 47-yard line.

Coach Jeremy Clodfelder called five consecutive running plays with Perry and JT Johnson shouldering the load before Perry waltzed in from 13 yards out to make it 49-12.

While each of the first seven touchdowns was satisfying for Tiger players and fans, the eighth score is one the Paris faithful will remember the most from the game.

Marshall embarked on a 15-play, 55-yard drive and faced a fourth-and-goal from the Tiger six yard line. Cook completed a short pass to Lance Rees who fumbled the ball near the goal line. Linebacker Landen Englum scooped up the loose ball and — accompanied by a host of Tigers — rumbled down the Paris sideline and into the end zone for a 98-yard touchdown making the score 55-12.

Clodfelder substituted for his starters in the fourth period with junior varsity quarterback Brady Crippes scoring the final touchdown from five yards away.

Paris gained 418 yards of total offense in this game with Nick Mohler leading the way on the ground with 62 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Hutchings carried the ball 11 times for 52 yards and a score while also grabbing two passes for 39 yards. Crippes had 25 yards on three carries and a score with Johnson also adding 20 yards on the ground. Eli Board recorded 19 yards on seven carries with Jaiden Quinn contributing 14 yards on a pair of touches. Phillips carried once for 15 yards, Kohlmeyer added eight yards on one carry and a score and King scored from two yards out on his only carry.

Perry was perfect on all seven of his passing attempts for 157 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also carried the ball seven times for 41 yards and a pair of scores.

King caught three passes for 51 yards, Sullivan caught one pass for 49 and Kohlmeyer hauled in one pass for 18 yards and a touchdown.