Panthers expect to be rewarded after last season

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Superior Sun

The 2013 season was difficult for everyone associated with the Panthers football program. Head coach Ryan Palmer was forced to play one of the most difficult schedules in any division with a varsity roster filled with freshmen. The Panthers expect to reap the rewards from last years’ experience in 2014.

Make no mistake, Palmer isn’t complaining. The group of freshmen he had last year may turn out to be one of the most talented groups of student-athletes to ever play at Superior High School. He knew last year would be tough but always kept an eye toward the future.

“Experience is a great attribute,” Palmer told the Superior Sun. “Everyone on this team has played in a varsity football game, except for two freshmen. I’m sure that experience is going to be very helpful throughout this season.”

Multi-sport athlete Gage Cruz returns at quarterback for the Panthers. He was impressive in his first varsity season, proving be among the most dynamic players in the state in any division. He combines arm-strength, speed, and mobility to make plays for the Panthers’ offense. Running backs Edgar Pacheco, Michael Salazar, and wide receivers Matthew Zavala and Austin Navarrette give Cruz a number of playmakers to get the ball to.

The defensive unit needs to show the most improvement in order for the Panthers to truly flip the page on last season and they should. Linebackers Marcus Hiracheta, Zavala, and Pacheco have the speed and strength to make plays anywhere on the field. Senior defensive lineman Richard Ochoa is expected to have the best season of his career.

Fifteen players return in 2014, anxious to improve on last season’s 1 – 7 record. Staying healthy is always important to a team’s success. In addition, the Panthers need to remain disciplined and determined in order to achieve their goals, according to Palmer.

The Panthers open their season this week, on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Duncan. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Andy Luberda (305 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    DPS Investigating Fatal Head-On Collision on State Route 77 north of Mammoth

    13 hours ago
    by

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 – DPS officers are investigating a two-vehicle, head-on collision which occurred yesterday morning at milepost 123 on State Route 77 north of Mammoth.


    Redhawk Announces Work Program with Anglo American on Copper Creek Project

    January 29th, 2015
    by

    Vancouver- Redhawk Resources, Inc. (“Redhawk” or the “Company”) (TSX: RDK, FSE: QF7) is pleased to provide an update with respect […]


    Junior high regional wrestling tourney held in San Manuel

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    San Manuel Miner On Wednesday, Jan. 21 the Central Junior High League Wrestling Championships were held at the San Manuel High School gym.


    Miner Sports Update

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Boys’ basketball – The Miners split two games last week, defeating visiting Arete Prep last Tuesday, 45 – 37, before losing at Globe last Thursday, 47 – 23.


  • Stories Just For You

    Superior Police Report

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the department and booked into jail, or the arresting officer may write


    Superior Sports Updates

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Boys’ basketball – The Panthers’ dropped both games they played last week, losing at home to Ft.


    Superior hospitality: Residents open homes for successful event

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Seven local residents opened their home for the seventh annual Home Tour sponsored by the Superior Chamber of Commerce.


    Superior Rotary hosts students of the month

    January 27th, 2015
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior Rotary each month sponsors the Superior Student’s of the Month with a luncheon at Los Hermanos Restaurant.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin