Mountain Lions travel to Paris


By Anthony Cloud - [email protected]



Ray Welch | Daily News Tucker Woolum reads the defense before faking a handoff to Lawrence Simpson during Pineville’s game against Middlesboro. The Mountain Lions travel to Paris on Friday.


Pineville (2-1) appears to be on a roll after snapping a 26-year drought against Middlesboro on Friday. The team is on a two-game winning streak heading into their away game against Paris (3-0) on Friday.

The Greyhounds remained undefeated after defeating Ludlow 28-0 last week. Paris will be looking to stay undefeated at home while Pineville looks to build on an impressive win last week.

The passing game

Pineville’s Tucker Woolum has had an impressive season thus far throwing the football. Over the past three weeks, he has completed 30 of his 45 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns.

The elusive quarterback has found ways to avoid sacks while completing passes in the process. Nike Mason and Will Adams have been Woolum’s primary targets this season.

Adams leads the receiving corps with 174 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 11 catches. Sophomore Nike Mason has hauled in 13 receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown. Each receiver is averaging 40 or more receiving yards per game.

The Paris passing attack is led by quarterback Koebe Garrard. He has 343 yards passing and five touchdowns on 25 completions. In the process, he has only thrown two interceptions.

The Greyhounds’ two main targets are Jekobi Wells and James Clark. Wells has 100 yards receiving and one touchdown on nine receptions. Clark has 128 yards and three touchdowns on seven receptions.

Paris has three other receivers that have more than one reception and over 10 yards — Jawane Dumphord, Brenston Dray and Jawan Dumphord.

Running the ball

An impressive rushing attack has aided the Greyhounds throughout the season. The team has two players with over 200 yards rushing. Garrard leads the team in rushing with 225 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries.

Clark is the second leading rusher with 206 yards and a touchdown on 40 attempts.

The Mountain Lions have three weapons coming out the backfield. Woolum leads the team in rushing with 225 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries.

The duo of Brad Fuson and Lawrence Simpson gives Pineville the opportunity to run a smash-and-dash style of rushing attack. Fuson, the power runner, has 94 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. Simpson, an elusive back, has run the ball 18 times and racked up 197 yards.

Defense

The Paris defense has allowed 228 yards passing and 267 yards rushing on the season. They have outscored their opponents 62-19 over the past three weeks.

The Greyhounds have also been effective in forcing turnovers. The team has six interceptions on the year with Jawan and Jawane Dumphord having two apiece. Clark has a fumble recovery as well.

The defense is led in tackles by Demond Dorsey, who has 23. Other notable tacklers on the Paris defense is Trenton Clark (15 tackles) and Brennan Robison (14 tackles).

For Pineville, the team has allowed 705 yards on the ground and 181 yards through the air. The Mountain Lions have outscored their opponents 95-74 through the efforts of their defense.

Adams holds Pineville’s only interception of the season while Kevin Sexton holds their only fumble recovery.

Jacob Shackelford and Joe Collett lead the team is tackles with 25 and 23, respectfully. Luke Kelly and Philip Bruner both have 19 tackles as well. Robbie Miller and Tyler Givens rounds out the top tacklers on the team with 13 tackles a piece.

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Ray Welch | Daily News Tucker Woolum reads the defense before faking a handoff to Lawrence Simpson during Pineville’s game against Middlesboro. The Mountain Lions travel to Paris on Friday.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Tuck-Woolum-Lawrence-Simpson.jpgRay Welch | Daily News Tucker Woolum reads the defense before faking a handoff to Lawrence Simpson during Pineville’s game against Middlesboro. The Mountain Lions travel to Paris on Friday.

By Anthony Cloud

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