Mount Paran Christian comes back from bye week with convincing win
by Steve Ruthsatz
MDJ Sports Correspondent
October 05, 2013 03:23 AM | 1821 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mount Paran Christian’s Dorian Walker, center, follows his blockers, Jake Allen, left, and Ethan Pugh on a sweep Friday during the Eagles’ 45-3 victory over King’s Ridge
Mount Paran Christian’s Dorian Walker, center, follows his blockers, Jake Allen, left, and Ethan Pugh on a sweep Friday during the Eagles’ 45-3 victory over King’s Ridge
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KENNESAW — Emoni Williams scored four touchdowns to lead Mount Paran Christian to a 45-3 win over King’s Ridge Christian in the Region 6A (B) opener.

Williams ran five times for 129 yards and two touchdowns, he caught two passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, and he added an interception return for his fourth score of the game.

“Emoni Williams just keeps getting better and better,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “The last couple of weeks, I think he’s realized just how talented he is in football.”

On the third play of the game, the Eagles (4-1, 1-0) got the interception from Williams, who returned it 38 yards for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

King’s Ridge (2-3, 1-1) cut into the lead with Connor Burns connecting on a 44-yard field goal, making it a 7-3 game with 4:11 remaining in the first quarter.

“The first quarter we looked like we’d been off a week,” Jordan said after his team’s bye week. “But I think, once we got going, settled down and overcame some penalties, we were able to get into the rhythm of our offense.

Mount Paran answered with a field goal of its own after driving 58 yards to the Tigers’ 30. Dallas Kepler split the uprights from 47 yards and the Eagles were up, 10-3 early in the second quarter.

King’s Ridge moved to Mount Paran’s 3-yard line on the ensuing drive and had four chances to score, but the Eagles’ defense prevented that from happening.

From then on, it was all Mount Paran.

A 32-yard touchdown run by Williams capped off a six-play, 96-yard drive and Mount Paran had a 17-3 advantage at the 5:24 mark of the second period.

On the Eagles’ first snap after a punt by the Tigers, Williams reached the end zone on a 48-yard scamper and Mount Paran’s lead grew to 24-3.

After a King’s Ridge punt, it took the Eagles only one play to score. Williams pulled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jake Allen for a 31-3 lead just before halftime.

The Eagles began the second half by covering 68 yards in just three plays. The drive concluded when Allen found Ethan Pugh with a 35-yard touchdown pass, upping Mount Paran’s advantage to 38-3.

Dorian Walker closed the scoring later in the quarter when he scored on a 63-yard run.

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