Class C, Division IV
LAST SEASON: 0-2 (forfeited rest of schedule)
Edison had to shut down last season because it lacked the minimum 16 players to field a team. Mike Bennett, who left his job as Spartans baseball coach to take over the football program, had almost 40 out for summer practice. And some of them are big.
“They’re good athletes, too,” Bennett said of his offensive line.
Junior Kieran Goodwin (6-0, 270) will hold down the center spot, flanked by seniors J Steinhauer (5-10, 203) and Brendan Morgan (5-9, 250) at guard. Rotating at tackle will be senior Yavari March (6-5, 352), sophomore Russell Cardona (6-1, 305) and junior Jared Coats (6-1, 174).
Senior Jacob Bahantka has been the Spartans starting quarterback since his sophomore season At 6-foot-4, he is one of the tallest signal-callers in Section 4.
“He’s been through the ups and downs,” Bennett said. “He has all the poise a quarterback needs.”
Bahantka also has a strong set of receivers to throw to in seniors Dylan Brotzman, Adam Shumaker, Joe Ducot and Brandon Michaud.
Seniors Tyler Troccia and Quinton Kettell are the wingbacks in Edison’s double-wing offense, while 6-2, 206-pound sophomore Corey Garrison gives the Spartans a power runner for tough yardage.
Bennett said he is stressing speed on defense. Garrison will play on Edison’s five-man front along with some of the offensive linemen. The 300-pounders will share snaps at nose guard to ensure they stay fresh.
For the end and linebacker spots, the Spartans will look to their offensive ends and backs to go both ways. Bennett has been impressed with Ducot at middle linebacker.
Troccia and junior Josh Cosgrove will be the cornerbacks, with Kettell and Brotzman at safety.
— Joe Mink