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Football: Panthers return home

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Paradise Panthers failed to get their offense going Friday night in a season-opening loss to Life Red Oak.

The Panthers managed 220 yards but never reached the end zone again after opening the scoring in the first four minutes of game on the way to a 30-7 loss.

“We struggled. We didn’t block well up front and never got the running game going,” said Paradise coach Scott Broussard.

“Twice we were inside the five and came away with no points.”

Paradise will try to get on track at 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays its home opener against Henrietta. The Bearcats are coming off a 36-6 victory over Electra.

“They are a good football team,” Broussard said. “They fly around to the ball and are well-coached.”

Henrietta quarterback Riley Watson ran for 99 yards and threw for 112 last week. Henrietta piled up 333 yards against Electra.

Paradise will have to limit the big plays from Watson and company, which they struggled to do against Life Red Oak. The Mustangs scored on runs of 82, 48 and 46 yards.

“We gave up a few big plays,” Broussard said. “We have to cut down on giving up big plays.”

Offensively, the Panthers will continue to go with Cash Preather at quarterback. Making his first start last week, he threw for 137 yards, completing eight of his 13 attempts.

“He had a good night,” Broussard said.

HENRIETTA (1-0) AT PARADISE (0-1)

7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium

Henrietta: Harris Rating 191

Notable: Cats beat Electra 36-6 in opener.

Paradise: Harris Rating 165

Notable: The Panthers allowed 3 TD runs over 45 yards last week

Harris line: Henrietta by 28

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