Cedaredge High School won the Class 1A State Football Championship (over Buena Vista 18-16) in 2012 and has built a tradition of excellence extending to last season's 8-3 season which saw the Bruins reach quarterfinal play before losing to eventual state champion Strasburg, 29-11. Strasburg went on to defeat Paonia 49-28 in semifinal action and dumped Meeker 34-14 in the finals.
The Bruins boast a string of playoff runs which includes trips to state the last five years in a row.
Brandon Milholland, with eight years as a head coach, and 15 years in coaching, will rely on his staff to help him prepare the Bruins for their 2017 gridiron campaign. Joining Milholland on the sidelines will be CJ Cannell (7 years), Craig Cerise (14 years), John Kuemmerlin (13 years) and former Cedaredge standout Dante Markley who is in his first season as a coach.
The Bruins have 35 players (including freshmen) out for football this season with this year's senior class and freshman classes sharing the top number of participants on the team roster with 10 players each. "I've got 10 freshmen this year and five are decent-sized linemen," stated a visibly excited Milholland. The prospects of building a future with young players is something Milholland looks forward to.
"Like the rest of our sports programs, the desire to win is found in all we do here. There were nearly 40 in our weight room sessions this summer. It's a fun thing," says Milholland.
The Bruins shuffled their players around last season looking for the right fit for the right personnel.
This year's Bruins' backfield will feature junior Jared Reynolds at quarterback and senior Pedro Madaleno in a running back position.
Although Milholland is reluctant to name indviduals as key players, he has selected a few who need mentioning. Madaleno will be tough to stop and his linebacker position be a trouble zone for opposing teams. Ty Grant will be looking for big yards from a running back position and look for him to be solid in the defensive secondary. Reynolds at quarterback will stretch a defensive line and his play from a linebacker's spot will be hard to stop on most plays.
The play of Toby Waddell will certainly be recognized on both sides of the ball along the line.
There won't be an easy game for any team this season as Milholland sees competitive teams throughout the always tough 1A WSL.
Milholland is looking forward to a good season. "We will have fun because every player is hard working and has desire to be the best they can be."
Cedaredge gets its first taste of the 2017 season when it visits Monte Vista High School on Sept. 1 for a 7 p.m. contest against the Pirates.
The Bruins scrimmaged Central High School's junior varsity last Saturday to initiate the 2017 prep season for Cedaredge.