College-bound talent leads Bruins
Cedaredge has four players coach Brandon Milholland says have potential to play college football.
The Bruins are fast and skilled, but might not have the strength Milholland would like.
Carter Wasser is certainly one of Milholland’s best football players. The fullback and middle linebacker is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds and runs a 5.0-second 40-yard dash.
“He also has great attitude and character,” Milholland said. “And he’s one of our leaders. That’s definitely one of ours to watch.”
And Milholland said Wasser is the best college prospect he’s had in 10 years.
Then there’s Dante Markley, a state qualifier in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. “He’ll take on that senior leadership role,” Milholland said.
Those are Milholland’s possible NCAA Division I athletes.
Cade Wasser, Carter’s younger brother, will play defensive back and safety.
Now Milholland has to figure out the strength part.
“Football always comes down to guys up front, and we have a great line coach,” Milholland said. “It’s those guys working together as a five-man unit and being on the same page every day.”
One of the biggest changes Cedaredge will face is its move down from Class 2A.
“It’s still going to be a tough league,” Milholland said. “You still have Hotchkiss, Roaring Fork, Paonia, so you can’t count anybody out. It will still be a difficult thing.”
Cedaredge also gains newcomers Taber Anderson, an inside linebacker from Dolores, and running back and wide receiver Mickey Madelino from Delta.
“This will be my third year as head coach (at Cedaredge), and they kind of have some buy-in to the program,” Milholland said. “They know my expectations and goals and the work ethic that’s demanded. With longevity you get some expectations.”