It’s been a whirlwind four months for new Paradise head coach Scott Broussard. Since getting the job last spring, he’s been frantically preparing for this week.
Everything comes together Friday when his version of the Panthers takes the field.
Paradise takes on the eighth-ranked Grandview Zebras Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Grandview.
“I’m excited,” Broussard said. “It’s a great opportunity. We’re going against a state-ranked team so we’ll see where we stand.”
Broussard moved the Panthers to a Wing-T offense in the off-season. He says it is still a work in progress.
“I was hoping we would be a little further along at this point,” Broussard said. “It’s a different philosphy, but we are getting there.”
The Panthers were shut out in their scrimmage against Lindsay Thursday. Although they didn’t move the ball like they wanted to, the defense was impressive.
“We looked good and created some turnovers,” Broussard said. “I like where we are. We need to be a little more physcial up front and do a better job tackling in space.”
Paradise, like a lot of Wise County teams, has a tough schedule early. The Zebras trounced Paradise 47-6 last season.
Grandview is once again the favorite in District 12-2A Division I. Although they break in a new quarterback, preseason MVP Colby Lee had nearly 1,500 yards receiving in 2012.
“They are a spread team that will run some zone,” Broussard said. “They have a fairly balanced attack.
“We are going to have to control the ball a little bit and keep it out of their hands.”
Grandview will also be stout on defense.
“They have a very fast defense,” Broussard said. “They execute really well.”
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at Zebras Stadium
Paradise: Harris Rating 177
Notable: Scott Broussard makes his debut as head coach of the Panthers.
Grandview: Harris Rating 217
Notable: The Zebras advanced to the regional semifinals in 2012. They have the talent to go further this year.
Harris line: Grandview by 42