A 12-1 season overall in 2012 led to a state championship in Class 1A football for the Cedaredge Bruins. The season before that, Cedaredge had completed a 4-6 campaign and stayed home in post-season affairs.
Brandon Milholland had a plan, and his persistence — and the dedication of a talented group of young men — brought the town of Cedaredge a state title and memories to last a lifetime.
This year's Cedaredge Bruins have the same drive and the excitement is renewed with the change in weather and the anticipation of football under the lights on Friday nights.
Milholland feels the tingle of more than just a chance the Bruins might repeat their feat in 2013.
The players believe this is another chapter in the history of Cedaredge sports, and they are ready to write it.
Milholland is in his fourth season and sports a less-than-great overall record of 19-21. Seasons like last year will help the Bruins' record improve quickly.
Assisting Milholland again in 2013 is John Kuemmerlin (defensive coordinator and the offensive and defensive line), C.J. Cannell (offensive coordinator and defensive backs), and Kevin Dunbar (linebackers, running backs and special teams).
A strong nucleus of returning starters will make for a fun season. Seven seniors and a couple of juniors anchor the Bruins' roster in 2013. Reid Gates (running back/cornerback), Trent Walker (quarterback), Kyle Ward (wide receiver), Peter Williamson (running back/linebacker), Taber Anderson (middle linebacker), Austin Gartman (wide receiver/linebacker), and Alejandro Alejandre (offensive and defensive line) will lead the senior contingent as returning players.
Juniors Mickey Madeleno (wide receiver/defensive back) and Corey Reynolds (offensive and defensive line) have returned for the 2013 season.
Several newcomers to the starting squads include juniors Tylor Beach (wide receiver and defensive back), Xander Camp (wide receiver), Devon Kuhns (offensive and defensive line), and Isaiah Surber (offensive and defensive line).
Cedaredge will be a team to contend with in 2013. The offensive scheme is firmly entrenched in Cedaredge after three years of long hours and hard work. With a strong core of returning players, the Bruins will take the role of the WSL's 1A favorite into play each week.
Devils 42, Bruins 28
A funny thing happened on the way to last year's 1A football championship. Cedaredge lost its opening game to Eagle Valley and then went on to win 12 straight times.
Last Friday's zero-week game in Gypsum was a 42-28 loss to those same Eagle Valley Devils on opening night.
There weren't many details of the game available from Milholland. "Eagle Valley is a well-coached football team. They came out in the second half fired up. We had some costly turnovers, and they capitalized on them. We will get stronger from this, both mentally and physically."
Cedaredge is on the road again this week with a Friday night meeting with the Panthers of Cortez. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus