Posted at: 09/26/2012 6:31 PM
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's hard to imagine anyone being as dynamic as former Grand Meadow quarterback Caleb Leichtnam, but his successor Trenton Bleifus is doing a pretty good job.
He's got the Superlarks out to a 4-0 mark this year, in his second season under center.
"I feel a lot more confident back there than I did last year. (I was) a little nervous the first time, starting out last year, but this year I feel a lot more confident," Bleifus said.
"He's a pretty veteran player for only being a junior," Grand Meadow coach Gary Sloan said. "It seems like the game is slowing down for him, as they say. He doesn't panic back there. He scrambles when he needs to, but he still keeps his eyes downfield."
In the last two weeks alone, Bleifus has amassed more than 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns, to go along with 380 yards through the air and five TD passes.
"We're going to throw the ball a little more than what we have been before, so we'll just have to balance things out," Sloan said.
And don't think this is as good as it gets for Bleifus, because his coaches are holding him to a high standard.
"I definitely think he's going to get better. He and I talked over the summer, and I told him we were going to put more responsibility on his shoulders this year," Sloan said.
I'm sure that's fine with Bleifus, who expects a lot out of the Superlarks.
"We are the team to beat," Bleifus said.
The unbeaten Larks play Houston this Friday, before two huge games against Lanesboro and Spring Grove, which won the SEC championship last year, something Bleifus would like to bring to Grand Meadow in 2012.
"Get conference first, and then undefeated is the most important part," Bleifus said.