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Palmyra Football’s Rise To The Top

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The Palmyra Panther football team is 5-0 and sits on top of the Missouri Class Two Rankings.

Palmyra most recently beat Monroe City 30-20 to take back the Mayors Cup that Monroe City won last year.

Palmyra started slow, going three and out twice.

But senior running back, Wade Begley got the offense rolling after a 20 plus yard first down run, followed by a 35 yard touchdown run.

"Ya, I just thought it was a big momentum shift for us since they scored first and we just tried to come out and get it going," Begley said.

Begley would add, "It felt good, you know we got down early so we just had to try and come back."

However, after back to back slow starts, Head Coach Kevin Miles wants to see that change.

"We got to hit the ground running faster and just try to get going sooner because as the season progresses we're not going to be able to be down late in the game. We need to get out early and get out faster and try and play better early in the games," Miles said.

Palmyra has two primary running backs in Begley and senior Ross Arch.

And when needed, wide receiver Peyton Timbrook takes snaps at the running back postion.

However, all three panthers have games with 100 rushing yards, and Senior quarterback Brody Lehenbauer loves being able to have a consistent option.

"Having every single one of our running backs being able to have the possibility of having over a 100 yards rushing is just a huge confidence booster on our offense." Lehenbauer said.

He would add, "To be able to... if the pass game is not really working out that week, we always have the run to look down to."

The panthers aren't only getting offensive production from their running backs, they're throwing the ball well, and Lehenbaur has proved he can do it with his legs as well.

Along with the senior leadership, Coach Miles believes that's what makes this team special.

"That's what makes us hopefully good, and that's what I hope keeps us successful, just having that three headed monster to do all those type of things."

Miles added, "And as Brody gets more and more familiar and more and more comfortable back there, he can start making adjustments on the field as he started to do Friday night."

Palmyra is currently ranked number one overall in the Missouri Class 2 rankings, and they know what comes with being on top.

"As neat as it is, and we are very humble and very honored to be ranked the number one in the state, you know, it just doesn't really mean a whole lot. I mean it's a great honor but we got to win every week and every week you got to show up and play teams," Miles said.

He would go on, "And what we tell our kids is that it puts a bullseye on your back and you have to show up now and play even harder."

And Lehenbaur agrees, "You definitely can see every team wanting to take off the number one seed that's just across the board, for any level of football so."

The number one Palmyra team is set to hit the road Friday, October 2nd, to face conference opponent Clark County.

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Garrett Tiehes

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