Jeff Weaver of Paris inherited a talented football team ready for the big year


Parisian football begins the season Friday in Lavaca. New coach Jeff Weaver inherits a program that finished 11-2 and was second in 3A-4 behind Booneville.

Here are the four things to watch out for as the Eagles prepare for their first game of the season.

New coach

Weaver arrived in early spring and was able to start working with the team before summer school ended.

“I thought everything had gone well,” Weaver said. “The kids did a good job joining the program and learning the new terminology.”

The team competed in 7v7 events and team camps, which Weaver said it was a “normal” summer.

“I hope we can stay healthy and have a regular season,” he said.

Expectations are high

Half of the Parisian team is made up of seniors, and expectations are high.

“We have a good group of seniors,” Weaver said. “This group has a chance to be one of the most successful teams in Paris. We are excited about this possibility. It will not be easy. We will have to perform and we will have the opportunity to play in some big games this year. . “

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The senior management

Paris brings back the two seniors and all Conference 3A-4 players Mequiel Ellingburg (6-2, 240 pounds) and Ryan Post (6-2, 295) to the offensive and defensive lines.

Chase Watts (5-10, 165), who is Paris’ all-time best passer and a double-threat quarterback with over 40 touchdowns, is also back.

Duke Walker (5-10, 180), an engaged baseball player in Missouri, returns after running for 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2020. Walker will also play it safe.

“He threatens to score every time he touches the ball,” Weaver said of Walker.

Weaver describes senior wide receiver Blake Martinez (5-8, 120) as “the team’s fastest player.” Martinez caught 48 passes last season for 529 yards and eight touchdowns.

Develop depth

Weaver said the team performed well in their scrum at Class 2A Magazine and that coaches will be looking to broaden the depth of the team in preparation for Friday’s game in Lavaca.

“We know who our best players are and we still have a few places where players compete for the starting position,” said Weaver. “We really want these guys to own the team. To be effective we can’t have players on every snap both offensively and defensively. We have to find guys so the other players can rest.”

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