Grant Adler thriving with 3rd chance to lead Derby

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DERBY, Kan. Grant Adler has been Derby’s starting quarterback since his sophomore year, but he hasn’t played a single snap in either of their last two state appearances.

Sep, 27, 2019; Derby, Kansas, USA; during a matchup between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll Eagles ©Kelly Ross

“I mean its definitely very special to win state it’s something you’ll never forget,” Grant said. “I‘ve played with these guys for my whole life and to see them get excited it was very special for me also it was a little disappointing sitting on the sideline.”

Grant broke his collarbone in 2017 against Bishop Carroll. Last season, he broke his forearm, also against the Golden Eagles. He missed the rest of each season after the injuries making him a three year starter that has yet to finish that way.

But now, he’s healthy and back under center in his final season as a Panther.

“This is his last go around of high school football…he’s been with us for a long time and he’s been playing with these guys for a long time,” Head Coach Brandon Clark said. “This is his last chance to go out with his buds so they’re really tight, they’re competing, and that’s what he’s doing. Just going out there and competing with his buddies.”

Now that he’s stayed healthy through five games, he’s piling up the stats for the Panthers. In week four alone, he rushed for 233 yards.

He said part of his success comes from what he learned watching his team from the sidelines.

“If you get hurt and look on the bright side of where you can have a different approach to the game where you just get to sit back and watch from a different angle you can get better in different aspects of your position,” Grant said. “That was one goal for myself, not to let those two years get wasted, to sit on the sideline and view it from a different angle and learn.”