It was not the head-coaching debut Scott Broussard had hoped for. His Paradise Panthers got down early and never recovered, falling to eighth-ranked Grandview Friday 70-0.
“We got a look at how we need to play,” Broussard said. “I felt we got after it early, but got behind and started hanging our heads. We made some mistakes and gave them a lot of the game.”
Paradise will look for better execution as they try to even their record this week.
The Panthers (0-1) travel to Henrietta (0-1) to take on the Bearcats Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Henrietta is coming off a 33-14 loss to Callisburg.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Panthers, who have a lot to work on after last week’s loss.
“It was a combination of mistakes,” Broussard said. “We had missed assignments and kids not going as hard as they needed to.”
The Panthers struggled with only 80 yards of total offense. Grandview continued to load the box, stopping the Paradise running game in its tracks.
Tailback Chris Hill rolled his ankle on the first series, and will probably be held out this week. Kristof Pewitt and Robert Norvell will see Hill’s snaps this week in practice.
The Panthers couldn’t open things up through the air either. Tanner Valentine finished the game with 29 passing yards.
Broussard hopes his team can muster a little more offense this week.
“Henrietta likes to fly around and will spread you out defensively,” Broussard said. “We need to see improvement in our execution, and we plan on opening the playbook up a little more.”
With the Bearcats’ aggressive defense, Broussard hopes the Panthers can take advantage.
“If we can execute, we can take advantage of some things,” Broussard said. “We’ll need a full effort for four quarters.”
AT HENRIETTA (0-1)
at Bearcat Stadium
Paradise: Harris Rating 172
Notable: The Panthers lost a heart-breaker to the Bearcats last year 14-12.
Henrietta: Harris Rating 178
Notable: The Bearcats lost their opener to Callisburg, 33-14.
Harris line: Henrietta by 6