High school football teams all over Texas have one thing in mind: to win head-to-head matchups every Friday night with an end goal of just making the playoffs. Others dream bigger and hope to play in places like AT&T Stadium for the state title.
The Paris Wildcats hope to repeat a playoff appearance this year and are off to a solid start after a tough loss to Pleasant Grove in week one. While speculation too early in a season can be hard to live up to, a spark has shown in two of their wins that may be more than hype.
Paris bounced back in week two against a highly ranked Gilmer team for a 27-21 win. Keeping that same momentum in week three, the Wildcats were able to control and dominate their game against Mount Pleasant for a final score of 41-7.
Many believed that the ‘Cats district opener against the fierce Melissa Cardinals was over before it started and that the Cardinals would win without a problem. However, the Wildcats made a triumphant comeback in the mid-third quarter to win in the last two minutes in a thrilling upset, 28-25.
This big win against Melissa gave Paris a 1-0 start in district with a 3-1 record overall. However, the biggest games for Paris are still to come as they visit a competitive 4-1 Anna this week and host the current district leaders Celina October 12. State-ranked Argyle looms ahead in week seven.
Paris has already exceeded expectations for many and hopes to keep it going. Starting quarterback and free safety Kobe Savage commented on how the team was coming together as a whole and everyone was doing their job. This, he said, gave them the much-needed upper hand against their hard-hitting early season opponents. Savage also stated how the team “T-ups every game” which makes the team chemistry that much tighter.
Only the top four teams from the district will get a chance to play in the post-season and fewer will move beyond that. Paris led their district last year and made a playoff appearance against the Crandall Pirates only to lose 28-7. Head Coach Steven Hohenberger hopes to see the ‘Cats fare even better this year.