College-bound talent leads Bruins

Photo by William Woody—Cedaredge High School’s Carter Wasser drives through a tackle pad during contact drills at CHS Wednesday afternoon Aug. 16, 2012.



Photo by William Woody—Cedaredge High School’s Dante Markley attempts a catch during practice at CHS Wednesday afternoon Aug. 16, 2012.



Photo by William Woody—Members of the Cedaredge High School football team huddle before the start of practice at CHS Wednesday afternoon Aug. 16, 2012.



Photo by William Woody—Members of the Cedaredge High School football team practice contact drills during practice at CHS Wednesday afternoon Aug. 16, 2012.



Photo by William Woody—Members of the Cedaredge High School football team practice contact drills during practice at CHS Wednesday afternoon Aug. 16, 2012.



QUICKREAD

About the Bruins

Head coach: Brandon Milholland, third season, 7-20.

2011 record: 3-4 2A Western Slope Conference, 4-6 overall.

2011 JV record: 4-2.

Assistant coaches: John Kuemmerlin, defensive coordinator; CJ Cannell, offensive coordinator; Kevin Dunbar, special teams.

Returning starters: WR/RB/QB/S Dante Markley, 5-11, 160, sr., all-conference; FB/MLB Carter Wasser, 6-2, 200, sr., all-conference; MLB Dustin Stracener, 5-11, 200, sr.; WR/DB Cade Wasser, 5-11, 150, sr.

Key newcomers: ILB Taber Anderson, 6-1, 200, jr.; RB/WR Mickey Madelino, 5-5, 125, jr.

Base offense: spread option.

Base defense: 4-4.

Team outlook: Cedaredge certainly has talent. Milholland said Carter Wasser is the best college football prospect he’s had in 10 years of coaching, and Dante Markley also is a potential Division I player. Middle linebacker Dustin Stracener and wide receiver/defensive back Cade Wasser could go Division II or III, Milholland said. Markley is a state-qualifying hurdler whom Milholland said has 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Cedaredge will use its speed with the option, led by Markley. But Cedaredge does not have a ton of strength, and so the Bruins’ success may depend on their offensive and defensive lines. Cedaredge is moving down from Class 2A.

Coach Milholland says: “I don’t know if there’s an offensive scheme that does compensate (for lack of strength), to be honest. I’ve coached 10 years and played longer than that, and I’ve tried different systems, and I don’t think there’s anything that can compensate for that.”



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.”


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