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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Salisbury offense springs to life late against Paris

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  • It took three quarters of play before the Panthers’ offense shifted into better playing rhythm, but once Salisbury found its rightful gear 32 points were put up on the scoreboard during those final 12 minutes of play and Salisbury managed to celebrate Senior Night with a 46-22 home win against Paris.
    Friday night’s win over their Lewis & Clark Conference foe was not one one of the Panthers’ better efforts on the football field said head coach Kirk Stott.
    But hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call for his Class 1 sixth-ranked squad to take nothing for granted as they prepare to host Princeton (1-8) this Friday in first round play of the District 6 playoffs.
    Salisbury (8-1) finished second in the LCC with a 4-1 conference record while Paris (5-4, 2-3 LCC) is in District 5 and plays at Louisiana on Nov. 1.
    “I tip my hat to Paris. I think they played one of their better football games of the year against us. But I’ll also say we were pretty flat on both sides of the football until things picked up for us late in the third quarter.”
    The Coyotes put up 8 points in the opening period and both schools scored 14 in the second quarter.
    With his team trailing by 8, Stott said a turning point in the game took place late in the third quarter when Paris mounted a charge reaching the red zone when Salisbury came up with a big defensive stand, forcing the ball to be turned over on downs.
    On their ensuing possession, Salisbury put together a long sustaining scoring drive capped by a Jordan Clark run early in the fourth period.
    That touchdown run by the Panthers’ sophomore was part of a 32-point performance during the final 12 minutes of play.
    “At that point (defensive stand) we finally started to play physical and control things at the line of scrimmage. We were holding our blocks, allowing us to run the ball up the middle effectively,” said Stott. “We scored on that drive. We then called an onside kick and got the ball right back when Kyle Hinkle recovered the ball. On the first play (jr. quarterback) Brady Francis hit Clay Stefaniewicz on long 30-yard touchdown pass, hitting Clay in stride as he reached the corner of the end zone. From there on, we controlled the line of scrimmage and never looked back the rest of the game.”
    “Up to that point the Paris defense did a good job stunting and playing games and we were not responding to that very well.”
    Francis threw for 104 yards completing 8 of 16 passes. Keegan Wyatt had three receptions for 38 yards, Jordan Clark  and Daniel Linneman each caught two passes for 22 and 14 yards respectively.
    Page 2 of 2 - Clark emerged as Salisbury’s leading rusher with 101 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Francis ran 13 times for 86 yards, while Linneman rushed for 73 yards and two scores on 12 carries.
    Stott said his Panthers did some uncharacteristic things to help Paris such as turning the fumble over inside the 10, and following a Salisbury interception the Panthers would fumble the ball inside the 10 again during that defensive return.
    Paris threw the football  50 times, scoring on two long TD passes in the game, including one that happened as time expired said Stott.
    Coyotes quarterback Kyle Popkes ended up throwing for 249 yards completing 22 of 50 passes in the game.

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