Defensively, the Hearts put out a strong effort as well, forcing six turnovers by the Tigers.
“Defensively, we played our best game of the year,” McDonald said. “Even better than last week.”
Dirk Levitt snagged two interceptions, Marcus Robinson grabbed another pick and Cody Sennett intercepted a Riley Spencer pass on the last play of the game to seal the victory.
The defense held Paris to only 210 yards of total offense, and only allowed Spencer to complete four of his 18 passing attempts.
Stuart Arp ran 7 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter for Paris, but the game was well in hand by that point.
Effingham improved to 2-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Apollo Conference. The Hearts will travel to Mattoon next week to take on the Green Wave.
Mattoon is 3-3 overall and is also 2-1 in the Apollo Conference after defeating Salem on Friday night, 41-14.