PARIS — An inconsistent offense was the cause of the downfall in Paris.

The Gainesville Leopards spent most of the second half, of their non-district football game, on their own end of the field, which allowed the Class 4A Wildcats good field position.

Paris parlayed this good field position into 14 third-period points on the way to a 31-11 victory at Noyes Stadium.

Gainesville took an 11-7 lead into the final three minutes of the first half, only to see quarterback Quin Ashley dart 12 yards for a touchdown with 2:14 left.

Austin Cunningham’s extra point pushed the Wildcats to a 14-11 lead.

The Wildcats scored their 14 unanswered points in the third period to draw away. Ashley, who rushed for 93 yards on 16 carries, scored on a six-yard run and Dewey Hale returned a punt 49 yards for a score.

Cunningham kicked both the extra points and the Wildcats led 28-11.

Cunningham tacked on a meaningless field goal, from 44 yards out to give the Wildcats their final points.

Paris struck first as the Wildcats intercepted a Leopards pass and set up shop at the Gainesville 27-yard line.

Ashley hit Hale with a 26-yard completion to move the ball to the Leopards’ one-yard line.

After a penalty against Gainesville moved the ball to the half yard line, Ashley scored to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead with 9:43 left in the first period.

Cunningham kicked the extra point to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.

The Leopards, playing their first game in the Coach Matt Young era, put on their most impressive offensive drive of the night on their next series.

After a Wildcat punt, the Leopards started at their own 11-yard line.

A short run by quarterback Collin Sikes, and a 10-yard scamper by Da’Ron Calhoun put the ball at the Gainesville 31. Sikes, despite the fact that he was under heavy pressure from the Wildcats’ defense, hit Tyler Haywood for a 71-yard pass and run for a touchdown.

Justin Stradley scored the two-point conversion, off a fake extra point play, to give the Leopards an 8-7 lead.

Casey Martin’s 25-yard field goal, with 7:07 left in the first half, gave the Leopards their 11-7 lead.

In the second half, the Leopards’ offense suffered from horrible field position. They started drives from their own 30-yard line, from their own 15, from their own 42, from their own 38 and from their own 30.

It wasn’t that the Leopards defense played that badly in the second half. They were simply worn down by having to be on the first too much. The Wildcats ran off more than 30 offensive plays in the second half and had several sustained drives that moved deep into Leopard territory, even though these drives didn’t end up with a score. Paris had to drive more than 60 yards for a score several times, but had enough offensive firepower to at least put the Leopards in a hole.

The Leopards had one offensive spark left in the game. With 5:31 left in the contest, Sikes hit Heath Jones with a 55-yard pass that moved the ball to the Wildcats’ three-yard line.

On first down, from that point, the Leopards promptly fumbled the ball back to Paris.

For the game, the Wildcats had 18 first downs, while the Leopards had 12.

Gainesville rushed 16 times for a total of five yards. Paris picked up 154 yards on 34 carries.

The Leopards picked up 215 yards passing, while Paris had 119,