Last year, Scott Broussard and his Paradise staff rushed into the start of fall practice after a turbulent summer.
“There was a lot of uncertainty, and we had to put in an entire offense in two-a-days,” Broussard said.
Monday when the Panthers begin workouts shortly after sunrise at 7 a.m., Broussard expects a smoother start.
“I’m excited. The kids are way ahead of where we were last year,” he said. “The kids have got a firm grasp on what we are trying to do. I’m excited about what is to come.”
Paradise finished 1-9 last season and was winless in the tough 5-2A Division I. In the new 4-3A Division I, which was previously Class 2A Division I, the Panthers are away from Pilot Point and Whitesboro – two playoff teams from the old league. Paradise is now in a district with Breckenridge, Boyd, Bowie, Brock and Ponder.
The Panthers return a mostly veteran offensive line and running back Austin Hogan, who tallied 447 yards on 81 carries.
“Our offensive line put in a lot of hard work and almost all of them have varsity experience,” Broussard said. “We’ve got good skill people, but we’re not super deep.”
Paradise will be looking for a quarterback. Kash Helton, Colton Wells and Cash Preather enter camp competing for the job.
“We’ve got three guys contending. None have a lot of varsity experience,” Broussard said.
Preather did have 17 receptions for 264 yards last year.
Defensively, the Panthers bring back seven starters. Tanner Edwards leads a powerful and strong defensive front.