Paradise dropped their second district game Friday to Pilot Point – but they’re still in the playoff chase.
The Panthers need at least one of their next two games to have a shot at the postseason.
The Panthers (1-6, 1-2) host the Callisburg Wildcats (5-2, 1-2) Friday at Panther Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“We didn’t play well and made several mistakes,” Paradise head coach Scott Broussard said of the Pilot Point loss. “They are a talented, athletic team, and we made crucial mistakes.”
It was not the follow-up performance Broussard was looking for after the Panthers’ lone win of the season against Bowie.
Paradise struggled with only 142 total yards, and turned the ball over four times.
“We’ve got to take care of ourselves,” Broussard said. “The good news is we have three games in front of us and we need to play well finishing up the regular season.”
With two of their toughest district opponents behind them, the Panthers have Callisburg at home before a rival game at Boyd. They finish the season hosting Ponder.
A couple of wins in the final three games would earn Paradise a trip to the postseason.
“We’ve been stressing to the kids that there is still a lot to play for,” Broussard said. “There are still goals in front of us we can accomplish.”
The task won’t be an easy one against defending district champ Callisburg. The Wildcats average more than 300 yards per game on the ground and are coming off a 27-14 win against Ponder.
“They are a run-heavy team,” Broussard said. “It’ll be a physical game. We need to play ball control football and keep it away from their offense.”
Broussard says it’s not a must-win situation yet, but this one would be nice to get.
“This is an important game for us,” the coach said. “It’s a home game and we need to take care of business at home.”
CALLISBURG (1-5, 1-1) AT PARADISE (1-6, 1-2)
7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium
Paradise: Harris Rating 170
Notable: The Panthers got outscored 42-0 in the first three quarters against Pilot Point.
Callisburg: Harris Rating 200
Notable: The Wildcats won last year’s meeting 44-18.
Harris line: Callisburg by 24