Edgewood’s Channel: ‘We feel pretty solid across the board’

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Trenton Edgewood Cougars

The
Cougars made the 2008 playoffs as the No. 6 seed in Region 8 and lost to
Cincinnati Anderson in the first round.
This season, they welcome back a
talented squad and should be in the postseason once again.


Trenton Edgewood
(8-3)

* Players To Watch –
OG Taylor Miller (6-5, 305, Sr.), RB/CB Justin Elder (6-1, 185, Sr.), OG/LB
Billy French (6-0, 195, Sr.), OT/DT Tyler Breh (6-2, 250, Sr.), FB Dean Estes
(6-0, 185, Sr.), RB/WR/CB Tony Davis (5-10, 180, Jr.), DE Casey Russell (6-2,
210, Sr.), LB Ryan Roach (5-10, 200, Sr.)

Outlook – The
Cougars made the 2008 playoffs as the No. 6 seed in Region 8 and lost to
Cincinnati Anderson in the first round.

This season, they welcome back a
talented squad and should be in the postseason once again.

Miller is ranked as the No. 71 senior in the state by Ohio
High and is committed to Toledo.

Elder rushed for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns last
season. He will also start at cornerback this year after playing linebacker
last year.

Elder has plenty of quality offensive linemen that will be
leading the way for him. In addition to Miller, French and Breh return as
starters up front. Defensively, Miller and Breh rotate in at tackle, while
French returns as a starting linebacker.

Estes injured his knee last season, but head coach Steve Channel is “looking
for him to be very productive” this year.

“We run the wing-T, so we use three backs,” Channel said.

Davis is one of the fastest
players on the team and he was clocked at 4.55 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a
combine in Columbus.

Russell did not play as a sophomore in 2007 due to
academics, but came back to start at defensive end last year.

The starting quarterback will be determined during
two-a-days.

“We have two guys vying for the job,” Channel said. “Drew
Bostic (6-0, 175, sr.) and Zach Fugate (6-2, 180, Jr.) who started at free
safety last year as sophomore.

Overall, Channel is optimistic about his team’s chances this
season.

“Our expectations are always high, but maybe more so this
year,” he said. “We were young last year and we’ll be starting 8-9 seniors on
offense and defense this year. Our worst record since ’96 has been 7-3, so we
always have those high expectations. We feel we have a good core of linemen and
skilled kids returning. There are a couple key positions like quarterback and
maybe secondary we need to fill in camp. But we feel pretty solid across the
board.”

Edgewood must replace first-team All-Ohio wide receiver
Xavier Fugate who turned down multiple football scholarships and will walk-on
the Wright State basketball team instead.

Channel is entering his 20th season at Edgewood and has a career record of 144-63.

 

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