After taking its lumps in 2012 and 2013 in the powerhouse Mid-Penn Keystone Division the Palmyra football team returned to the more comfortable confines of the Mid-Penn Capital Division last season. The result was a respectable 5-5 record and hope for bigger and better things this time around.
Much of that hope stems from the promising crop of underclassmen who stepped into prominent roles last season, including then sophomore running back Alon Rhette, who rushed for 751 yards and six touchdowns last season while averaging better than seven yards a carry.
Fellow junior back Carl Reigle and receivers Ethan Harro and Peter Robertson also made an impact last season, as did senior-to-be Tyler Gallagher, who filled in superbly at quarterback for the injured Mike Lewis against Elco and led the Cougars to an impressive victory.
Lewis has moved on to Lafayette, and Mitchell Cooper and his 10 TD catches has also graduated, leaving a void that will be difficult to fill.
But as noted, with the young talent around and the continued residence in the more-its-own size Capital Division, the Cougars could be primed for another step forward this fall.