With two early turnovers returned for touchdowns, the Paradise Panthers’ hopes of upsetting a top-20 Whitesboro team dwindled quickly last week. The 56-0 loss kept the Panthers winless on the year, with another tough district opponent coming up Friday.
Paradise (0-5, 0-1) hosts the Bowie Jackrabbits (3-3, 1-1) Friday at Panther Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers turned the ball over five times against the Bearcats, and three were returned for touchdowns. Paradise has now lost 13 of its last 14 games dating back to last year.
“The kids’ attitudes are still good,” head coach Scott Broussard said. “It’s just a process of learning how to win right now.”
The Panthers saw some good things offensively and forced Whitesboro to a 14-play drive early in the game. Giving up the big play is still a problem.
“We’ve got to take care of ourselves,” Broussard said. “We’ve got to cut down on the mistakes and play with more consistency.”
Bowie defeated Ponder 35-24 last week after a devastating three-overtime loss to Boyd the week before.
It should be a better match-up for the Panthers Friday as they search for their first district win.
“If we can stay balanced, we can do well against them,” Broussard said. “We have to take care of ourselves, eliminate big plays, make them drive the field, and create turnovers.”
BOWIE (3-3, 1-1) AT
PARADISE (0-5, 0-1)
at Panther Stadium
Paradise: Harris Rating 170
Notable: The Panthers had nine turnovers in their last two games.
Bowie: Harris Rating 190
Notable: Bowie topped Ponder 35-24 last week.
Harris line: Bowie by 19