High School Sports

Mount Paran runs past Stratford

KENNESAW -- Mount Paran Christian just had its way on offense against Stratford on Friday.

Emoni Williams scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half as the Eagles built a 35-point lead at the break and cruised to a 45-14 victory over Stratford in the opening round of the GHSA Class A private school playoffs.

“That is a great football team,” Mount Paran head coach Mitch Jordan said. “(Stratford head coach) Mark Farriba does an outstanding job. They have played some outstanding football teams and beat some outstanding football teams. Any time you can come out on top, whether it’s by one point or what we were able to do (Friday) against a team like that, is just a testament to the kids and coaches.”

Jake Allen threw two touchdown passes for Mount Paran (11-0).

Not long after the opening kickoff, Mount Paran took control. On the fifth play from scrimmage, Williams opened the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown run. After Stratford’s Thomas Traynham missed a 30-yard field goal, Dorian Walker highlighted Mount Paran’s next drive with a 45-yard run. Two plays later, the threat of another long run perfectly setup the pass and Williams hauled in a 31-yard touchdown catch from Allen for a 14-0 advantage with 4:13 left in the frame.

Following a Stratford punt, Allen capped the scoring in the quarter with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jack Rowan, who was wide open. In the second quarter after another Stratford punt, Williams extended the lead to 28-0 with a 32-yard run to paydirt with 8:43 left in the half.

“Emoni was out one game, but he came back strong,” Jordan said. “I told him before the game that he is one of the best players I’ve ever coached, and he really showed out.”