The Cedaredge Bruins were 7-3 last year and finished 3-2 in Class 1A Western Slope Conference play. A loss to Crowley County in the first round of state playoffs ended the Bruins' season.
Brandon Milholland, in his seventh season as the head football coach at Cedaredge, is looking for a successful 2016 season.
With seven returning starters back from last year's team the Bruins will enter this season with optimism.
Milholland, in his 14th season, seven as a head coach, has some talented players returning from last year's team. Several have been listed as key players for the coming season. Brandon O'Hern will draw double duty as a linebacker on defense and a running back on offense. Tre LaBossiere is also expected to be busy on both sides of the ball with plenty of playing time at linebacker and on the offensive line. Isaac Swoffer will be a threat as a running back and provide solid defense at linebacker. Christian Reynolds will open eyes as a wide receiver (6-2, 185) and Pedro Madaleno is sure to get some attention as the Bruins' quarterback and a defensive end (6-0, 205). All but Madaleno (a junior) are seniors.
Milholland also sees valuable playing time for seniors Chris Warner (OL/DL) and Ty Grant (RB/DB) and junior Drew Markley (WR/DE).
Over the years Milholland has instilled a winning attitude and confidence in the Bruins' program. As noted by Milholland, "The Bruins haven't had a losing season since 2011."
Cedaredge is experienced and the leadership for the team is found in key positions throughout the team.
As in the past, Milholland sees the 1A WSL as a definite force in Colorado Class 1A football. It's a tough league and Paonia holds claim to the top spot based on league and state titles from the past few years. With Olathe coming in it makes the league even stronger giving thoughts for considering it the strongest league in the state for 1A football according to Milholland.