It’ll be a great day for Greyhound Nation, as they highlight the true meaning of that #parispride
IVAN K. RICE I firstname.lastname@example.org
PARIS, KY – According to Head Greyhound football coach Tyquan Rice, eight of his players will sign their Nation Letter of Intent to continue their football playing days at the next level, while another Hound will sign his scholarship letter to continue his education. It will all go down tomorrow morning inside Earl Redwine Gymnasium starting at 11:00 am.
How about that, eight of Paris’ 11 football seniors from this past season’s team that finished the year 10-2 and ranked in the top five in class 1A, will be representing their school and community on a college team next fall, while the other will be preparing to represent our country.
Coach Rice shared this over his Facebook page about Friday’s signing.
“I’m so proud of our coaching staff. I’m proud of our teachers and administrators. I’m proud of our parents and fans. Most importantly, I’m so proud of our kids and our little school. We get to highlight and showcase nine of our student athletes that are moving on to the next phase of their lives. We get to love on them and give them their flowers, publicly, one last time!”
The coach went on to say that if you attended a game this past season, if you’re an alumni, or if you tuned in and watched the games live or turned on the news to catch some Greyhound highlights, please join them tomorrow, February 9th to witness these young men sign their letter of intent as they do something that’s never been done before in the history of Paris High School, this many seniors signing to play collegiate football at one time on the same day.
“In a few days, they will get a new head coach and a new locker room,” Coach Rice continued over his Facebook post. “They will get a new group of teammates that will turn into brothers. In a few days, I will take their name down from their locker and replace it with someone else’s. Today, we just kicked it. We watched film in the lounge and reminisced on some of the best times of their lives. Today, they talked about what it meant to be a Greyhound. What it means to wear that orange and black. Today, we got haircuts in the barbershop one last time and finally, my guys cleaned out their lockers. I hope they never forget that although we’re only their Coach for a few short years, we are their family forever. Here’s to the next phase of life, C/O 24’ – OUT!”
Heading to Union College in Barbourville to play for the Bulldogs will be Evan Tipton, Damion “DJ” Plenty and Brandon Cruz. Looking to suit up for the Morehead State Eagles are Zian Webb, Jaiden Holman and Jansen Tobin. Big man Cordre Patterson will sign with the Saints of Thomas More University, while fellow senior Jakari Ransom will take his multiple talents to Frankfort to play for the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University. The last senior, Gavin Brown, is headed to the United States Naval Academy but will not play football.
As that old saying goes … hard work, for the majority of the time, will pay off and if you want it bad enough, they (recruiters) will find you! Look at little Paris showing off!
JAIDEN HOLMAN – Rushed the ball 129 times for 1,211 yards and 13 touchdowns, which was 9th best in 1A. Jackson caught 9 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Holman had 46 total tackles, with 3 tackles going for a loss.
ZIAN WEBB – Finished 4th in the entire state with 14 QB sacks, which led Class 1A. Webb totaled 92 tackles on defense and 20 of those hits went for a loss.
JAKARI RANSOM – Rushed the ball 95 times for 598 yards and 10 touchdowns. He caught a team-best 39 passes for 555 yards and 6 touchdowns. Scored 116 points for 12th best in Class A. Totaled 54 tackles on defense, with 10 going for a loss. Had 2 sacks, and picked off 4 passes, returning one for a touchdown.
BRANDON CRUZ – On defense, Cruz totaled a team fourth best 76 tackles, with 9 going for a loss. He also made 15 of his 17 extra point attempts and rushed the ball 13 times for 62 yards.
CORDRE PATTERSON – Finished the season with 58 total tackles, with 15 going for a loss. Had 6 sacks, which was 11th best in Class 1A.
EVAN TIPTON – Played the center position for the Greyhounds and held his on all season long. Added 2 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks on defense, while also taking care of his family.
JANSEN TOBIN – Key ingredient on the Hounds’ offensive front that helped them total over 4,000 yards of offense, while scoring 444 points.
DAMON “DJ” PLENTY – Totaled 54 tackles, 9 went for a loss and had a 1A 4th best 8 sacks.
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY JENNIFER ARNETT, KRISTA BARNETT, AND THE PARIS SCHOOLS’ MEDIA CLASS!