FORNEY — Cooper Coldiron passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Kilgore to a convincing 41-14 victory over Paris on Friday evening at Forney ISD’s City Bank Stadium.
Kilgore (10-1) advanced to the Class 3A, Region II final — also the state quarterfinals — next week against unbeaten Gainesville, which defeated Princeton.
The Bulldogs dominated the contest from start to finish in winning against the 13-3A champion Wildcats, who came into the contest riding a seven-game winning streak. Paris ended its season with an 8-4 record.
Kilgore’s vaunted defense stuffed the Wildcats, holding Paris to just one first down in the second half and 151 yards of total offense. The Wildcats wound up with just 52 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Paris quarterback Dakota Smith was 12 of 21 passing with a couple of interceptions, one by Joseph Shepherd and the other by Benny Colbert. Shepherd returned his for 94 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs finished with 390 yards of offense, including 275 on the ground. Austin Jordan led all ball carriers with 76 yards. He also wrapped up the scoring for Kilgore with 9:33 remaining in the game.
JuJu Brown added 68 yards on 11 carries. Coldiron also scrambled for 51 yards. His scoring run came on an 8-yard run.
Paris finally got on the scoreboard with a couple of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Quay Scott, who led the Wildcats in rushing with 64 yards, scored on an 11-yard run with 8:37 left in the game.
The Wildcats wrapped up the scoring with a 45-yard Kidarius Corprew fumble return.
It took three plays from the line of scrimmage and just more than a minute off the clock for the Ragin’ Red to drive 70 yards and get on the scoreboard with a 57-yard Coldiron completion to standout middle linebacker A.J. Davis, who was playing tight end at the time.
The Bulldogs took slightly longer to score on their second possession, putting together a 78-yard, nine-play scoring march, which led to an 8-yard Coldiron keeper for the touchdown on a third-and-goal call with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter. Hector Peralez’s second extra point of the contest sailed through, giving Kilgore a 14-0 lead.
On Paris’ ensuing possession, Davis recorded his first sack of the evening in chasing Smith down for a 15-yard loss.
Kilgore fumbled on its next possession, but Paris’ good fortune didn’t last long. Cornelius Bell sacked Smith for another big loss and then Shepherd stuffed the drive altogether by stepping in front of a Paris receiver and picking off Smith’s pass, returning it 94 yards down the Kilgore sideline for the touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 3:01 left in the first half.
Kilgore 41, Paris 14
City Bank Stadium, Forney
Paris 0 00 14 — 14
Kilgore141737 — 41
KIL— A.J. Davis 57 pass from Cooper Coldiron (Hector Peralez kick), 10:52.
KIL—Coldiron 8 run (Peralez kick), 5:13.
KIL—Joseph Shepherd 94 interception return (Peralez kick), 10:13.
KIL—FG Peralez 46, 3:01.
KIL—Nick Orange 11 pass from Coldiron (Peralez kick), :29.1.
KIL—FG Peralez 30, 4:41.
KIL—Austin Jordan 10 run (Christian Galvan kick)
PAR—Quay Scott 11 run (Kadarius Scott pass from Dakota Smith), 8:37.
PAR—Kidarius Corprew 45 fumble return (run failed), 6:56.
First Downs9 20
Passes (C-A-I)11-20-2 6-9-0