Paris plans to rebound after an exciting, but sub-par 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Paris had a 5-6 record last season with seven games decided by eight points or less. The 'Hounds have holes to fill left by the graduation of Jekobi Wells and Tay Cunningham.

"Yeah, we definitely lost a lot of players, says QB Aaron Maggard. "Really good ones like Jekobi Wells, but there's a lot of names of people that people just don't know that's down here in Paris."

Maggard returns for his senior season who is coming off a spectacular year of more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Paris coach Brian Washington speaks highly of quarterback. "That speaks volumes. I know they always say good receivers make good quarterbacks, but in this case, a good quarterback is making a lot of good receivers."

Maggard has plenty of options on offense to help the Greyhounds have a successful season. "Well when it comes to distributing, I've got senior wide receiver Eric Johnson who came out after three games last year it was still in the top five in the state in receiving in class 'A'. Then I've got sophomore Jamound Clark, he's going to have a breakout season. Then we've got sophomore running back Matthew Barber and watch out for him."

Speaking of running back Matthew Barber, Washington knows he has a diamond in the rough.

"We are hoping this is Matthew's coming out year. He's a sophomore this year and he got a lot of reps last year and we are looking for him to put his name on the map as one of the next Paris backs coming through."

How good is this team on both sides of the ball and what can happen later in the year?

"I think it is well rounded and I think both sides is going to be good, says Barber. "I think our defense will come up big when we need them and our offense will come up big when we need big plays. I mean that's just how it's going to be."

Maggard, whose father was also a Paris quarterback 'back in the day', thinks this team could be like the 2015 Paris club which went to the regional finals.

"I see a lot of what I saw my sophomore year, a team that is really good chemistry-wise. If we stay healthy, I would love to see what happens. I would love to see, when the dice rolls and see where we land in the end."

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