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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • After notching first win Palmyra guards against letdown

  • After a pair of narrow defeats, Palmyra gained its first win of 2012 last week over state-ranked South Shelby. After posting that victory, Coach Kevin Miles admits keeping his troops emotionally charged is a concern.
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  • After a pair of narrow defeats, Palmyra gained its first win of 2012 last week over state-ranked South Shelby. After posting that victory, Coach Kevin Miles admits keeping his troops emotionally charged is a concern.
    “I think that’s always a possibility to have three weeks like we’ve had, to finally pull one out, to maybe sit back and say, ‘OK, now we can relax.’ We’ve got to work them through that and let them know there’s no time off in the CCC. You’ve got to continue to play hard,” he said.
    On the surface, it could appear the Panthers have escaped the rugged part of their schedule. This week’s opponent is winless Highland. Miles is quick to note the Cougars’ early-season schedule has been no picnic.
    “We had a tough schedule with Macon, Centralia and South (Shelby). They had a tougher one probably in Centralia, Brookfield and Clark County. They’re 0-3, but they’re playing really well right now,” he said. “Coach (Kenny) Grubb has done a great job of getting the kids ready and they were good last year. They’re much improved and we know we’ve got to go to Highland and they’re going to be ready to fight. We’re going to have to be prepared to do it all over again. We can’t take for granted they are 0-3 just like teams couldn’t take it for granted we were that way. We’ve just got to go play good, hard-nosed football and do what we do. Hopefully we’ll continue to get some breaks and stay on them.”
    The Cougars feature some players who have caught Miles’ eye.
    “They have some nice athletes in the (Derick) Smith kid and (Chris) Sparks kid. They also have some big kids up front,” said the Palmyra coach. “They’re a really quality football program that’s just looking for a break. We hope it doesn’t come this week.”
    Miles and his team know how important breaks are after last week’s 21-12 upset of South Shelby.
    “We were able to execute and we got a few breaks. That’s something we hadn’t gotten earlier in the year. We didn’t get breaks when we needed them and other teams did. This time we created some of our own breaks and it went our way,” he said.

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