The Paris Wildcats enter 2013 as the reigning champs of District 13-3A and coach Steven Hohenberger is confident they can accomplish even more this season.
Hohenberger is just beginning his career at Paris, having come to the school after coaching at Irving Nimitz (2-8, 1-6 in District 6-5A). He’ll have just four defensive and five offensive starters returning to a team that won eight games last year and made it into the regional semifinals in 2012.
Defensive play was especially impressive, with 29 sacks and over 100 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Key contributors for Hohenberger on defense this season should include defensive MVP Bricky Reed (112 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, four sacks) and linebacker Jordan Williams (88 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks).
The offense has more questions. Quarterback Dakota Smith had almost as many interceptions (10) as touchdown passes (16). Wide receivers Kenny Mason (36 receptions for 471 yards and eight touchdowns) and Kadarius Scott (20 receptions for 389 yards and four touchdowns) could help Smith turn it around this year.
In non-district play, Paris has a very difficult schedule. The Wildcats travel to Mount Pleasant (8-3 bi-district finalist, 4-1 in District 14-4A) the first week of the season, get a little of a breather against Denison (2-8, 2-5 in District 13-4A), and then have three tough games at Argyle (11-2 regional semi-finalist, 4-0 in District 10-3A), against Sulphur Springs (8-3 bi-district finalist, 5-0 in District 14-4A) and against Melissa (9-3 area finalist, 4-0 in District 12-3A).
District play should a little easier, as four teams make the playoffs now and no other team in Paris' district finished with a winning record in 2012.
Head Coach: Steven Hohenberger 2012 Results: 8-5 overall, 5-0 in District 13-3A Top Players: QB Dakota Smith, Sr., 5-10, 175; Passing 1382 passing yards, 16 TD, 10 INT; Rushing 77-329 yards, 3 TD. WR Kenny Mason, Jr., 5-6, 165; Receiving 33-429 yards, 8 TD. WR Kadarius Scott, Soph., 6-1, 170; Receiving 20-389 yards, 4 TD. LB Bricky Reed, Sr., 5-11, 225; 112 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 4 sacks. LB Jordan Williams Soph., 5-11, 185; 88 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 6 sacks.