It was a long wait, but Paradise’s head coach Scott Broussard got to celebrate his first win as head coach Friday. His Panthers took a 13-10 lead right before the half against Bowie and held on for victory.
“It felt good to get a win,” Broussard said. “Our kids worked hard and they deserve it.”
The win puts Paradise (1-5, 1-1) right back in the middle of the playoff hunt in a tough District 5-2A Division I.
“We know we can do it now,” Broussard said. “The first one is the hardest to get sometimes.”
Paradise (1-5, 1-1) takes on the Pilot Point Bearcats (5-2, 3-0) Friday at Massey Stadium in Pilot Point. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Bearcats are coming off a major battle with Ponder, where they needed 13 fourth-quarter points to rally for the win.
Pilot Point has also taken down Boyd and Callisburg to start district play.
Paradise will have to contain Bearcat quarterback Travis Garrett. He rushed for 137 yards and threw for 93 more against Ponder.
“They will spread it out and run a lot of different formations,” Broussard said. “We’ve got to contain their quarterback and align properly.
“It’ll take a full team effort and we have to take care of our responsibilities.”
Paradise won the turnover battle by one against Bowie. Broussard wants to keep that up along with another strong defensive effort.
The Panthers came up with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries against the Jackrabbits.
Offensively, they hope to build on the 182 rushing yards they had Friday.
“We started running it better against Bowie,” Broussard said. “We just have to protect the ball, execute and continue to get better.”
PARADISE (1-5, 1-1) AT PILOT POINT (5-2, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. at Massey Stadium
Paradise: Harris Rating 175
Notable: Scott Broussard picked up his first career win as head coach last week.
Pilot Point: Harris Rating 203
Notable: The Bearcats had to rally with 13 fourth quarter points to beat Ponder last week.
Harris line: Pilot Point by 28