2008 Team Insider: Paradise Panthers

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Paradise surprised many by qualifying for the state tournament. They improved last season and they were not an easy win for teams. They went 4-6 and got better as the season went on. They return 13 starters and 14 lettermen from that team - so the experience should help Coach Neighbors in a pretty weak district try to build this doormat into a legitimate contender as they were several seasons.

The offensive side of the ball should be strong. PJ Fuller returns at quarterback. He has a good arm and can lead his receivers well. Jonathon Lee is a speedy halfback. Nick Pike is a bigger halfback. The offensive line is okay for a 2A line - led by Zach Bradshaw. His younger brother Kyle plays linebacker. Fuller will play safety when he plays both ways and Bryson Mack will help out in the defensive backfield.

Paradise should be pretty good in a weaker 9-2A. Other than Boyd, no team is really a dominant team in this district. Considering the teams and the starters returning, I think Paradise should get as high as 2nd or 3rd - I would be surprised if they didn't make the playoffs. After a couple of rough seasons, Paradise looks to be back in playoff contention. They will play some tough non-district opponents in Van Alstyne, Henrietta and Aubrey before hoping to start a winning streak against Bowie and Nocona. If Paradise can get one win to start the season, they should go 6-4 with the playoffs likely.

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