Next an injury-riddled, winless 2021 year, Corydon Central observed considerable enhancement on the gridiron in 2022.
Immediately after posting their initially zero-gain marketing campaign considering that 2000, the Panthers posted a 4-7 history a 12 months in the past, such as successful their 1st playoff match considering the fact that 2015 with a 57-15 victory about Scottsburg. The Panthers’ year only lasted a 7 days longer than the previous couple several years when they fell to eventual sectional champion Southridge 49-21.
The defeat to the Raiders marked the conclusion of the substantial university occupations of a substantial team of seniors, led by talents this sort of as quarterback Tyler Fessel, managing back Anthony Martin, huge receiver Jalen Fowler, and tackle Hunter Schmitt among the others. It also spelled the end of the Aaron Humphrey era as he stepped down adhering to the finish of the time, finishing with a document of 15-44 spanning six seasons.
Below to start with-year skipper Luke Keller, the Panthers will look substantially various in 2023 as they have a massive inflow of youth coming in to health supplement an upperclass that contains only 3 seniors.
Just one of the to start with names on this year’s Panthers’ roster is Darrius Megnin, who will see time as both of those a fullback and a linebacker. The Panthers’ other two seniors will primarily be at the line of scrimmage in linemen Tanden Kalisz and Caleb Caroll.
“We received 3 seniors and quite a couple juniors who are all skill guys. That is not a bad point, which is just the positions they participate in,” Keller said. “Megnin will play both equally outside linebacker and fullback and can participate in a minimal on the line for us. Carrol performs largely on the offensive line, possibly at guard or middle based on what posture we automatically need him… And we have Tanden Kalisz, who will perform each offensive and defensive line.”
Thirteen juniors will search to fill places all around the industry together with the seniors, which include the anticipated wide receiver duo of Waylon Doblado and Logan Scharrer, alongside with tight conclusion DeAndre Clayton, running back again Dawson Ayres, kicker Bryce Gerlach, and linemen this kind of as Hayden Ford, Colton Smith, David Stonecipher, Alex Shaffer and Andrew Jennings.
Youth is the name of the match for the Panthers’ gridiron plan in 2023 as they also maintain nine sophomores and 23 freshmen in their ranks. A lot of of these underclassmen will see appreciable enjoying time. Sophomores looking to make quick contributions contain jogging again Carson Law firm, tight conclusion Logan Younger and linebacker Matthew Wolfe.
Keller will seem to sprinkle some freshmen into standard enjoying time, together with Bobby Sensible, who is predicted to be the commencing quarterback to begin the time. Because of to the graduation of players these types of as Fessel and Martin, Keller is heading to run game titles differently than in year’s past, primarily on offense.
“Bobby’s role will not be what Tyler’s position was… We’re operating a different design and style of offense, so that is likely to modify the way teams play us and adjust that we follow, and I believe that’s heading to enable choose the tension off various teams of individuals,” he stated. “We’re not relying on just one, two, it’s possible three men, we can spread the ball about. We have got two really reliable limited finishes that are heading to enable equally in the operating game and the passing activity (and) a amount of receivers who helped out previous calendar year, but that additional calendar year of growth has pushed them into new role, and they have to step up since we missing a lot of expertise.”
On the defensive aspect, the concepts made use of in the Humphrey period will continue to be, but they will be run in unique strategies in comparison to year’s past.
“It’s a equivalent protection (to final yr), but we’re operating it in another way. The guys understand the notion and the fundamentals of the protection, but now it is about implementing our type, which is a far more offensive, player-centric type. So very long as they can adhere with that, we’ll be in a very good location,” Keller explained.
As anticipated of a application undergoing a youth movement, consistency in practice is one particular issue that the Panthers are still hunting to find. While the team of seniors are not a single of quantity, they have been one particular of excellent in regards to their management early on.
“I’m not gonna lie, there have been some good days and some terrible days. We experienced our black and gold scrimmage just lately and it may possibly have been the worst practice of the season,” Keller said. “We’re obtaining our ups and downs, which is regular of a young staff with only a few seniors. The seniors are major both vocally and by example, so I couldn’t request for a far better team of three seniors, but it’s going to get time for the youthful fellas to recognize particularly what we’re executing. The seniors really have an understanding of it, but the freshmen and sophomores are grasping at it minimal by very little. Some issues are starting up to simply click, so that’s great. It’s just gonna be week by 7 days and we’ll just see how we progress.”
The Panthers have a overwhelming task to open the period as they journey to confront perennial Mid-Southern Convention powerhouse Brownstown Central on Friday night. Kickoff is established for 7 p.m./div