Thursday August 18, 2011
Martinez, Ga--When you talk Lakeside Panther football this year, it has the making of something special. One big key is staying healthy. It's something they didn't do last year and while a coach doesn't want to use it as a crutch, no question it effected the Panthers on both sides of the ball. It'll all start with quarterback Mark Weidenhaar.
Weidenhaar was going to be the go to guy a season ago. Just before the start, a torn A.C.L. put him on the shelf. Now he's back and maybe stronger then ever. Weidenhaar ran track in the spring and had no problems and now is getting use to contact. His athletic ability can be a difference maker. There still may be a hurdle or two to overcome.
"I told him he's got to get over the mental hurdle himself and me as a coach, I have to get over it as well." said coach Jarrett Troxler "But I don't worry about it. Now a days with the technology the way it is, kids come back stronger from injuries."
Now this isn't just a one dimensional team. Actually the strength will be on defense where nine starters return. Last year lakeside lost a bunch of close games but with the added experience, those losses could turn into wins.
"You know everyday coach reminds us of those close games and we just strive to get better each day and trying to work so we can pull those games off this year. We don't want any more of those upsets this year." said senior Jacob Lane
Once again Lakeside has one of the toughest schedules around so that's another hurdle to overcome. Troxler says if they can limit the big plays on defense, and make a few more on offense, they may be talking about this year's team for quite some time.