Lehighton quarterback Tyler Cann had quite a night against Marian last Friday.
In fact, Cann threw for more yards against the Colts last week (165 yards) than he did all of last season (159 yards). Even more importantly, his performance helped the Indians earn the victory and it also helped him earn the week one TIMES NEWS Player of the Week award.
Cann's final stat line showed his versatility.
The sophomore not only threw for 165 yards and a score, but he also ran for 66 yards and a touchdown. Cann's all around offensive skill set is what makes him the perfect candidate to lead the Tribe and Lehighton coach Tom McCarroll also explained, that Cann's leadership and dedication in the off-season were also the main reasons why he was named the starter.
"I've been telling people the amazing amount of time Tyler has put into learning and getting better at the quarterback position," said McCarroll. "He's just a great kid, who has a ton of pride for his school and his football team. He's everything you want in a quarterback. He's also a dynamic guy athletically and he certainly doesn't limit us in any way. He's done everything we've asked of him and more."
Cann explained that this past off-season really helped his confidence and that coming into this season he felt more in command of the offense.
"I went to a lot of camps, watched a ton of film, and I worked a lot with our receivers, so once the season came around our timing was down," said Cann. "Last year, I was a little nervous and a little unsure. This season after the first play was over then my jitters were over and I just played the game. I knew what we had to do and I just tried to play with a lot of confidence."
Cann's confidence not only helped him assist the Indians in getting the victory, the youngster mentioned his teammates were a lot more confident than they were last season as well.
"I think it was just getting used to playing a new brand of football and the intense off-season stuff," said Cann. "Our coaches really put the time in and we put the time in. We had meetings all the time after lifting and after workouts about how to get better and what we needed to do. We were just more confident this season and we went out there and got the job done against Marian."
Another one of Cann's attributes that McCarroll mentioned was his ability to lead without motivation from him or the coaching staff.
"There's not too many pep talks that you have to give Tyler," said McCarroll. "We just tell him to play relaxed and to have fun and he takes care of the rest. When you have a guy that takes the time to be prepared week in and week out you don't have to worry about all that other stuff."
Still, even with all of Lehighton's success in week one, the Indian's know they have nine more regular season games on the schedule. Cann once again showed a must have attribute of any good quarterback, which is the fact that he's never satisfied.
"We want to show people in the Mountain Valley Conference that Lehighton football is back," said Cann. "We want to put this program back on the map. This week it's all about Stroudsburg and we need to go out there on Friday and continue to work hard and strive to get better."
With players like Tyler Cann leading the Tribe it's easy to see why Lehighton football seems to be headed in the right direction.