For the third straight game, the Eminence Warriors opened with a scoring drive.
It was a promising start against the Paris Greyhounds, but injuries plagued the Warriors in the game, and they fell
The score came on a 65-yard-run by Shelby Armstrong the Warriors’ dual-purpose running back/linebacker who came into the game averaging well over 100 rushing yards per game.
But the Warriors lost Armstrong late in the first quarter when he injured his knee trying to recover a fumble. The injuries kept coming as the Warriors lost two other key players, Tyrei Hanlon and Clayton Rader, before the game was over. Linemen Tyler Roby also was injured during the game but made it to the final horn.
Paris scored their first touchdown late in the first quarter on a 16-yard-run to make it 7-6 after the extra point kick.
Paris extended their lead in the second quarter as the Warriors scrambled to fill the holes left by the injured players.
The Greyhounds scored their second touchdown on a 4-yard-run that was set up by a long pass play earlier in the drive. They followed that with a 21-yard touchdown run that made it 21-6.
Finally, Paris scored just before halftime on a 1-yard-run. The final score of the half left the Warriors with a daunting challenge that they would have to face without one of their leading players.
“Shelby talked to the team at halftime before he left to go to the hospital about continuing to play hard,” coach Steve Frommeyer said. “The kids really did battle the whole game. Shelby might have had a career night had he not been injured. He had 119 yards on five carries before he got hurt.”
With Rader and Hanlon also going down some freshmen were asked to step in to fill the holes. “I was pleased with the freshmen who stepped in, especially Cameron Mathis and Noah Mudd. There is a learning curve for freshmen but they gave a great effort.”
Paris added to their lead early in the third period on a 36-yard-run before the Warriors got their second score of the game.
Cameron Mathis who started at quarterback for the first time on the varsity scored on a 10-yard run. The two-point conversion run failed and left the score at 35-12.
The Warriors were able to play evenly with Paris for the rest of the game until the Greyhounds scored on a 21-yard run with 12 second remaining in the game.
“I was really pleased with Cameron stepping in to the quarterback role,” Frommeyer said. “He has a lot of potential and showed a lot of guts but as a freshman he has a learning curve.
“I think the Paris score right before halftime really hurt. It was discouraging to the kids but to their credit they continued to battle the whole game despite all the adversity.”