Dorian Walker rushed 14 times for 147 yards and a touchdown for the sixth-ranked Eagles (1-0). He also had two receptions for 70 yards and another score.
Taylor Trammell had 13 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Emoni Williams had one catch for a 66-yard score.
“We came into this game with the mindset of beating them,” Walker said. “We came ready to play. I want to thank all my linemen and every individual player on my team on going out there and playing to the best of their ability.”
Mount Paran’s defense set the tone in the first half, limiting the fourth-ranked Chargers (0-1) to 35 yards and three first downs while collecting four sacks on quarterback Jordan Long and recovering a fumble.
Trammell scored a 32-yard touchdown on Mount Paran’s first possession and later forced a fumble recovered by Jack Crone on the Chargers’ 25, following Long’s completed pass.
Mount Paran’s subsequent drive stalled on the 8, but Jake Mezei converted the turnover into points after making a 23-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead with 7:01 left in the first quarter.
Sacks from Nick Sbravati and Silas Hicks on Eagle’s Landing Christian’s next two drives resulted in punts, and Allen’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Walker extended Mount Paran’s lead to 17-0 midway through the second quarter.
Patrick Lee and Sbravati combined for another sack on the Chargers’ next drive, and Garrett Harris had a sack to end the first half.
“Our guys had a good game plan on both sides of the ball,” Mount Paran coach Mitch Jordan said. “I was proud of the defense. They stepped up and played hard in the first half, and we capitalized on some opportunities early, so we were lucky to build that lead.”
Sbravati collected another sack during Eagle’s Landing Christian’s second possession of the second half, but a Mount Paran penalty — one of nine in the second half that led to 72 penalty yards — kept the drive alive, and Josh Mays’ 18-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 6-minute scoring march that trimmed the margin to 17-8 after a 2-point conversion.
Mount Paran answered, though, as Allen found Williams for a 66-yard touchdown on third-and-6, for a 23-8 lead with 11:04 left in the game.
“That big touchdown they got, when it was 17-8, was big,” Eagle’s Landing Christian coach Jonathan Gess said. “We had all the momentum and (on third down) they scored on a big play. That, obviously, was the turning point right there.”
Jordan thought it was big, too.
“After they scored and went for two, we were kind of on our heels a little bit,” he said. “They were moving the ball and had a great third quarter, but that big pass play to Emoni was a great answer, and I can’t say enough about Dorian Walker’s performance.”
Mays, who rushed 16 times for 79 yards, scored his second touchdown — a 13-yard scamper — on Eagle’s Landing Christian’s next drive to bring the Chargers within 23-14 with 9:15 left.
Walker scored from 42 yards out and ran in for the conversion, giving Mount Paran a 31-14 advantage with 5:41 left in the game.
Allen completed five passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, but the Eagles limited themselves with 14 penalties for 107 yards.
Jordan, however, was pleased to get the victory.
“It’s a great win,” he said. “I hope the kids enjoy it. It’s a big win for the program, but now we have a rivalry game and we’re going to get Whitefield’s best shot.”
Mount Paran will travel to Whitefield next week for a Region 6A crossover game.