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CTK: Edgar puts championship heartbreak behind them

The Edgar football program has a history of success

“The best coaching staff in my opinion,” Wildcats left guard Ethan Heil said.

The Wildcats have the second most championships in WIAA history with seven state titles.

“I think the kids are anxious to get back and see how they can do,” head coach Jerry Sinz said.

The Wildcats fell short of their second gold ball in three years after suffering their first loss of the 2018 season in the championship game.

“It was really hard–probably one of the worst days of my life,” Heil said.

“Obviously we didn’t necessarily feel we played our best game at state last year,” Sinz said.” “Particularly since we fumbled the opening kickoff and we fumbled our first play from scrimmage, which probably hasn’t happened in 30 years, but it happened there.”

Edgar is leaving that all behind in the rear view mirror and is focused on this season ahead.

“We’re just trying to redeem ourselves,” Wildcats running back Caleb Hafferman said. “I believe that we have the talent to take us back.”

The wildcats lost their star quarterback and a majority of the linebackers, but they are confident in the guys that have stepped up.

“It happens every year and of course you always hope the guys are ready to step up,” Sinz said. “We lost some skilled players, we’re a little younger obviously at quarterback and some of those areas this year, but there are a lot of players who are stepping up and looking good so far.”

The guys attribute all of their past and future success to the coaching staff.

“They do a great job of getting us ready for the games, practices and making us work hard. That’s a main reason to our success,” Heil said.

Edgar’s first game of the season is on the road against Baldwin-Woodville.

Alexis Geffin

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