The Middlesboro (0-5) defense struggled against the run on Friday as the Yellow Jackets lost to Paris, 63-7. It was Middlesboro’s fifth straight loss of the season.
“I knew it was going to be a tough challenge for us,” said Jacket head coach Zach Massengill. “We picked that game up so we could be open next week and hopefully get healthy before districts started.”
Massengill said the team was “beat up and banged up” before the game started. They also had a few players that had to set out for different reasons. One of the players who didn’t dress for the game was Chase Elliott. The coach said several other starters did not play during the game as well.
“Really, we were just outmanned to begin the ball game, and it just kind of went downhill from there,” said Massengill. “They (Paris) have a nice football team, and I think they can make some noise in 1A.”
Paris (5-0) ran for 259 yards on the ground against the Jackets. Their leading rusher was James Clark, who ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries. Koebe Garrard also had a big game with 51 yards on seven attempts.
The Greyhounds didn’t attempt to throw the ball that much against Middlesboro. Aaron Maggard completed three passes on six attempts for 51 yards and a touchdown.
The Middlesboro offense couldn’t get anything going during the game either. On the ground, the Jackets were only able to rush for 27 yards — a season low for Middlesboro. The team was able to gain 64 yards through the air.
Dylan Pratt was the only player to score for Middlesboro. With the Jackets on the Paris 10, Pratt run up the middle on a quarterback sneak to score the touchdown.
On Friday, Middlesboro will host Harlan Independent (4-0). Paris will host their fifth straight home game against Berea (0-5).
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