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Broussard begins reign: New head coach will keep defensive coordinator title

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Scott Broussard held his first practice as head coach of the Paradise Panthers Monday morning. It also marked the first day of two-a-day workouts for high school football teams across Texas.

“It went good,” Broussard said. “I was worried about everything flowing smooth, but everything went well. The kids worked hard, and I was real pleased with how we got after it on the first day.”

OFF AND RUNNING – The Paradise Panthers hit the practice field under new head coach Scott Broussard Monday morning. The Panthers had 88 report on the first day of workouts. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Panthers began working Monday on installing a new offense and few changes defensively.

Broussard did not hire a new defensive coordinator so he will keep that role in 2013 along with being the head coach.

“I’m still running the defense so it will be similar to what we’ve done in the past,” Broussard said. “We’ve done a few things different with the secondary and simplified some linebacker reads.

“We don’t want the kids to think as much on defense and play a little faster.”

The biggest transition will be moving to a more run-oriented offense.

“We want to get our base offense on and get comfortable where we can block any defense we want,” Broussard said. “It will take some time.

“We got to work on it some in the spring and the upperclassmen are picking it up really fast. We are probably a little ahead of where I thought we would be on day one.”

While the Panthers are busy putting in their new scheme, they have a lot of roles to fill in the process.

“There are some positions that are wide open, and we want to see what kids are going to step up,” Broussard said. “We want to give the kids an equal opportunity for whoever wants it.”

Paradise had 88 report on the first day of practice.

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