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PREVIEW: Edgewood aims to bounce back to its winning ways

Edgewood looks to have a bounce-back season in 2020. AJ FULLAM/6SPHOTO.COM

ST. CLAIR TWP. — The Edgewood High football team has a firm grasp on the task at hand, Cougars coach Scott Clemmons said, and that task is to bounce back to its tradition of winning ways.

“We’ve got a good group of young men who have put in a lot of hard work,” said Clemmons, who is entering his ninth season at the Edgewood helm.

“We’re coming together this season, and these guys know and understand about the tradition and what the expectations are for playing football here at Edgewood,” Clemmons added. “They need to give it 100-percent.”

Edgewood, which had a down year finishing 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the Southwest Ohio Conference a season ago, opens things up at home against Winton Woods on Friday at 7 p.m.

The game was quickly scheduled on Thursday after Fenwick had to cancel against Edgewood, and Kings had to cancel against Winton Woods.

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Anthony Scott moves from quarterback to running back this year. The senior threw for 320 yards and rushed for an additional 201 more in 2019. He will also play some on the other side of the ball as well.

Eli Jones (junior) and Riley Brown (sophomore) are looking to take snaps at quarterback, according to Clemmons.

Landon Howell (senior) and Tavionne Crosby (sophomore) will take some handoffs in the backfield, while Max Myers (senior) will be a split end.

Evan Swartz (sophomore), Ashton Arvin (senior) and Hunter Gage (senior) are likely to play some tight end.

Expected to be on the offensive line are Sam Everson (senior), James Deaton (junior), Radical Rothermel (junior), Jake Adkins (junior) and CJ Stottlemyer (sophomore).

Linebackers Carter Smith (junior), Riley Payne (junior) and Jay Dailey (junior) are expected to plug some holes on the defense.

Brick Barker (sophomore), Andrew Gray (senior), Cole Miller (senior) and Hayze Gambrell (senior) will be ideal candidates in the defensive secondary.

QUOTABLE

“Our young men have done a great job of getting rid of the bumps and bruises,” Clemmons said. “They really got after it during two-a-days.”

KEY GRADUATES

Isaac Hamilton, Dylan Polisini, Chase Barker, Lincoln Howell and Gavin Childers.

2020 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (6-game)

Aug. 28, Winton Woods

Sept. 4, Mount Healthy

Sept. 11, Northwest

Sept. 18, at Talawanda

Sept. 25, at Ross

Oct. 2, Harrison

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