Head Coach Kevin Miles and the Palmyra Panthers went back to work on Monday, fresh off last season’s 8-4 finish. the Panthers bring back 14 starters.
After a 7-0 start to the season, the Panthers limped to the finish line when starting QB Jacob Kroeger went down for the season.
Despite the tough finish, it was a great learning experience for Corder Lehenbauer who stepped in for Kroeger against some of the toughest competition in the show me state including Clark County and Monroe City.
Now with another off season under his belt, Len-Bauer’s teammates know he’s still the man for the job.
Junior tight end and linebacker Abe Haerr said, “Corder is a great quarterback, he’s really focused and he’s always been determined to improve his game.
And I think last year, giving him that chance on the field when Jacob unfortunately got hurt, I think that really helped him to develop as a player to really understand game situations a lot better. I think he’s gonna really surprise some people with how talented he is, especially with his passing abilities and his rushing, which he already proved last year.”
And for Lehenbauer, after being thrown into the fire so quickly, the game has begun to look a lot slower for the senior.
Lehenbauer said, “I think I’ve improved a ton.
Especially just like doing reads a lot better.
Instead of trying to make the big play every time, you know, just take what you can and go from there.
We kinda brought in the mindset this year of no excuses, and DMGB. It’s ‘Doesn’t matter, get better.’ it’s like our motto for this year.”