Halftime speech sparks Cedaredge’s rally
OLATHE — Cedaredge football coach Brandon Milholland has seen two different types of intensity.
There’s fake intensity, the kind that comes from a halftime butt chewing, and genuine intensity.
The latter, he said, is much more rare. Genuine intensity comes from pure desire.
Friday night, Milholland said, was the best show of genuine intensity he’s seen as a football coach.
After his halftime speech, Cedaredge blasted Olathe 28-0 in the second half to win 34-20 in a nonleague game.
“I’ve never seen a better reaction by young men to a halftime speech in my 11 years of coaching,” Milholland said. “Our attitude definitely changed at half. The way the young men responded to the speech, we played with attitude. We played with heart.
“Quite honestly, Olathe wanted it more than we did in the first half. The way they responded after the first half showed me that they’re not teenage boys now, they’re developing into young men. That’s awesome, and that’s why I’m the most proud of them tonight.”
Milholland said he preached heart and spirit during the speech, and that in order to play the game of football, “You have to have a little meanness to you.”
Quarterback Trent Walker said the halftime speech brought Cedaredge (2-1) together.
In terms of statistics, the Bruins’ offense performed significantly better in the second half.
Walker completed seven of 15 passes for 102 yards. Most of those yards came in the second half, including a 21-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Beach.
“Our coach got us rolling in the second half,” Walker said. “Everyone was fired up, and honestly, I’ve never been on a team that I’ve felt more close to after that halftime. I know in the first half guys on this team questioned the guy next to them.
“After that second half, you know, I’ve never felt as close to an offensive line as I do right now. Our offensive line came together, and that’s what did it. They talked to each other, they talked to me, and I couldn’t be prouder of these guys after what we did in the second half.”
Reid Gates led a trio of backs for the Bruins, with 20 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Gates said the halftime speech “brought back Bruin football.”
Peter Williamson had 11 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown, and Xander Camp had three carries for 14 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bruins’ rushing attack was outdone by Olathe (0-2). Trenton Jole, who was moved from quarterback to halfback after Week 1, finished with 27 carries and 156 yards. The Pirates finished with 263 yards rushing and 1 yard passing.
Cedaredge started the season with three nonconference opponents, all from larger classes, something Milholland says helped the team get ready for its upcoming Class 1A Western Slope Conference games.
“We’re high school kids just like they’re high school kids,” Milholland said. “We have a great group of kids and a great culture up there in Cedaredge. We want to compete, regardless of classification.”