Arnold's Cade Ledman Ready for Year Two Behind Center

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Last high school football season both Bay High and Mosley started senior quarterbacks in Sam Clement and Peyton Calhoun.

Then there was Cade Ledman for Arnold - the sophomore starting-signal caller - who was taking over for a Division I athlete in Cody Saunders, and that's an opportunity he seized from the get-go.

"Quarterback is a big position,” Ledman says, “And for me, having the quarterback before me leaving such high expectations, I just feel I need to [live up to them]. It's kind of driving me to make my team better, to be a better quarterback."

"I knew when Saunders graduated we had to figure out who our next guy was,” Arnold Head Coach Josh Wright says, “I looked down, and he hadn't won the position yet, but I saw all the things in Cade Ledman that you want in a high school starting quarterback."

Being the new guy, Ledman was forced to grow up quickly.

After a shaky start to the season, he began to find his footing. Arnold closed strong, including an upset win over rival Mosley on a two-point conversion to move ahead in the standings – in what Ledman calls the biggest moment of his first season.

"It shows we can do it,” he explains, “Shows that we can win district games and we can compete. So we're ready."

Now he returns as the most experienced quarterback in the county, and these wins are no longer a feather in his helmet, they're an expectation.

He's been working hard with his teammates all off-season, prepared to take the Panhandle by storm.

"This year they're ready,” Ledman says, “I think we'll be scoring a lot. Defense will be making some good stops. I think we'll be an overall... I think we'll win county."

Not just at the school, he's putting in the solo work to get better, attending camps at Troy, QB Country in Mobile, and at the Jimbo Fisher camp in Tallahassee.

His skill players are beginning to take notice.

"I have a lot of trust in my quarterback,” starting running back Jerian Hardrick says, “This year I finally have a good quarterback I can rely on and get good plays down field for me."

So a returning quarterback, experience all around the wide receivers and running backs, an improved offensive line – the sky's the limit for the marlin offense in 2017.

"We've just got to come together,” Ledman says, “Come together and be a team. We have all the puzzle pieces. We've just got to put them together and we're ready."


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