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CASEY -- The inaugural game for Paris in the Little Illini Conference didn't go well as Casey-Westfield, the No. 4 team in Class 2A, won handily 40-0 on Friday night. It was the 14th straight season-opening win for the Warriors.

Casey scored on its first six drives of the game, including three by running back Trey Thompson who scored on two runs of 2 yards and he closed the scoring in the opening half with a 13 yard-run as the Warriors led 40-0.

The Warriors spread out its offense behind the line which included Dustin Weger (5-foot-10, 220), Brett Currey (5-11, 180), Nate Williams (5-11, 175), Parker Buenzli (6-5, 320) and Jake Mason (6-1, 300). Quarterback Isaac Elkins was 5-of-7 for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the opening half, while the running backs accounted for 13 carries for 174 yards for a total of 301 yards to Paris' 16.

"We have some goals in mind," said Casey coach Jim Sullivan. "We want to run for 200 and pass for 150. That is a good game for us this year. In the past years, we have been run for 300 and throw for maybe 75.

"We miss the seniors, but these guys feel like it is their turn. We have five or six guys that could be leaders for the offense every week whereas last year we had Nicco Stepina, Austin Glidewell and Zach Murphy as our main threats."

Despite the rout, there were things Sullivan saw to work on.

"We had too many penalties (11 for 85 yards)."

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The Tigers received the opening kickoff and made its deepest threat of the first half thanks to a 34-yard kickoff return by sophomore Brady Sutton and a personal foul penalty on Casey for a first down. The drive stopped at the Casey 23 as Paris was stopped on a fourth and 8.

It took Casey just four plays to score against Paris as Corey Carver weaved in and out of would be tacklers in the final 15 yards of his 43-yard touchdown play from Elkins. Casey's Ethan Williams recovered a Paris fumble putting the ball at the Tiger 44. Ethan Lucas scored on the first play for a 14-0 advantage. Thompson intercepted a Paris pass on the next drive and two plays later Cody Hollensbe hauled in a 24-yard pass from Elkins. 

"We tried to put in a couple of new defenses than we normally play because we knew Casey would probably spread us out a little bit," said Paris coach Mike Brouwer of his young team. "Casey is a very good ball club."

The Warriors defense turned two Paris turnovers into touchdowns and Casey's average starting drive was the Paris 44.

The last time the two teams played was 2000 when Paris beat the Warriors 37-21 at Casey.

The game started a half an hour late due to the heat.

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