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Lot on the line in Battle of 114

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Not only are bragging rights on the line Friday night between Paradise and Boyd, there are playoff implications too.

EXTRA YARDAGE – Paradise’s Tanner Valentine fights for more yards against Callisburg last week. The Panthers need a win against Boyd to keep their playoff hopes alive. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

With a win, the Yellowjackets pretty much assure themselves of a third-place finish in District 5-2A for the second straight season. The Panthers need a win to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Paradise (1-7, 1-3) takes on Boyd (3-5, 3-1) Friday at Yellowjacket Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“Our back is against the wall,” Paradise head coach Scott Broussard said. “To have a chance for the playoffs we’ve got to beat Boyd.

“The kids know this is always a big game, and I know they’ll be ready to play Boyd.”

Callisburg dashed the Panthers’ hopes of climbing into one of the top four spots last week. The Wildcats scored 21 points in the final five minutes to pull away for the victory. Paradise now has to go on the road and get a win at Boyd to keep their season going past Week 10.

“We’ve been talking to the kids about this being a big rivalry and how Paradise is going to be fighting for their lives,” Boyd head coach Brandon Hopkins said. “If they knock us off, they’re right back in the playoff picture.”

Paradise held Callisburg under their rushing average, but critical mistakes down the stretch cost them. They will get another stiff test on the ground from the Yellowjackets.

Boyd’s Fino Cardona is having another tremendous year. He’s rushed for 1,282 yards and scored 21 touchdowns – including five last week.

“We’ve got to keep him contained,” Broussard said. “They have receivers that can go get the ball, too. We can’t give up the big play and we have to make them earn everything.”

Off and Running

OFF AND RUNNING – Boyd’s Fino Cardona is closing in on 1,300 yards this season as the Yellowjackets prepare for Paradise Friday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Boyd’s offensive line has improved as the season has progressed and Hopkins feels that’s where the game will be won or lost.

“Our offensive line is getting better,” Hopkins said. “We have to come out and win the battle up front.”

The Yellowjackets have won their last two home games, league victories over Bowie and Callisburg.

“Boyd is always a tough place to play and they always play well at home,” Broussard said. “We’ve got to just worry about ourselves, continue to eliminate mistakes and play with more consistency.”

PARADISE (1-7, 1-3) AT BOYD (3-5, 3-1)

7:30 p.m. at Yellowjacket Stadium

Paradise: Harris Rating 172
Notable: The Panthers committed five turnovers in their loss to Callisburg.
Boyd: Harris Rating 205
Notable: Boyd shut out Paradise 21-0 last season.
Harris line: Boyd by 35

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