Donovan Williams + Paris Offense Too Much for Palestine in 63-13 Victory
LONGVIEW – Palestine was overpowered by Paris 63-13 on Friday in a non-district game at a neutral site in Longview High School's Lobo Stadium. It's the second straight week Palestine (1-3) has allowed 63 points in a game.
Paris (4-0), which has outscored its opposition 221-79 this season, got 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns from running back Donovan Williams. Paris quarterback Demonquez Allen, a probable FBS recruit, accounted for 469 total yards, 340 passing, and three touchdowns.
Palestine was competitive in the first quarter, although Paris opened with a 96-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown run by Williams.
Paris pulled way in the second quarter, piling up 42 points. Williams gave Paris a 14-0 lead with a 19-yard touchdown run with 8:44 remaining.
On Paris' next play from scrimmage, after a 3-yard Palestine punt, Allen connected with Graham Weatherford for a 44-yard touchdown pass. On the next Paris play from scrimmage Ja'Kerion Brown took an Allen screen pass 59 yards for paydirt.
Palestine got its first score on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Gray to Jordan Darling, set up by 46-yard gain by Mims, who 113 yards rushing in the first half. Paris countered with a 18-yard touchdown run by Brown with 3:50 remaining.
Allen connected with Williams for a 64-yard touchdown pass with 1:58 left in the first half to give Paris a 42-7 lead. Darling returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yard for a touchdown for Palestine, but Williams struck back for his fourth touchdown of the first half, a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:03 left.
Allen accounted for 450 total yards in first half while Williams had 212 total yards. Williams added a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:11 left in the third quarter.
Once again Palestine's silver lining was the running of Mims, who rushed for 166 yards after compiling 204 yards against Fairfield.
The rest of Palestine's offense accounted for 56 total yards. Brown finished with five receptions for 154 yards receiving for Paris.
Palestine's Key-Shawn Carter intercepted Allen with 4:34 left in the third quarter for his second pick in three weeks. Waylon Nickerson added two sacks for Palestine.
Paris standout linebacker Dre McKinney and teammate Quindarian Perry led all players with eight tackles apiece. Zay Gray added an interception for Paris, which had an 8-3 advantage in tackles for losses.
Palestine hosts Kaufman for its homecoming game next Friday at Wildcat Stadium.