The Patriots from Paris-Henry County traveled for the second week in a row in the playoffs to take on the Burros from Nashville-Hillsboro. While the advantage of a home field was smothered by a stadium filled with Henry County Patriot fans it would prove not to be enough. The Burros who have been led most of the season by four star Eric Gordon were able to get some big flashes of stardom from a new source, wide receiver Corey Jordan. For the Burros Jordan hauled in three catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. The efforts put out by Jordan and Gordon, who had 49 yards receiving and 54 yards rushing plus one touchdown on the ground, helped the Burros put the Patriots in the rearview mirror with a 31-24 victory.
Even though the Patriots lost they did not go down quietly. After losing an onside kick late in the fourth quarter the game was still in doubt for many Nashville-Hillsboro fans. Down 31-17 with just under two minutes to go the Burros kicked it deep to Marsalis Teague, and he made them pay with a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Teague also put up the same type of monster stats you would imagine for a player of his amazing ability. He rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries and scored one touchdown in addition to completing nine of thirteen passing for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots also picked up 60 yards rushing for LSU commitment and big fullback Dominique Allen. For Coach Gaddis of Paris-Henry County is time to begin rebuilding with a new group as both Teague and Allen will graduate. However that may not be so hard with youngsters like Shonte Sims, who hauled in four catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.
With the win the Burros have earned a trip to the state championship game next weekend in Murfreesboro. The Burros appear to have all the confidence in the world as they will only travel less than an hour to take on the Rebels from Maryville (Tenn.). The only problem is they are taking on the perennial powerhouse Maryville Rebels, who have won 74 games in a row, four consecutive state championships, and eight titles since 1998. This should prove to be a good game as the speed of the Burros will have to match up with the confidence and experience of the Rebels.