Add another weapon to Edgewood’s arsenal.
The Wildcats, who are coming off of their fifth straight state championship and are riding a state-record 58 game win streak, added Alabama Christian athlete David Poole on Tuesday.
Poole, who will be a junior this year, had been at ACA since kindergarten, but decided it was the right time to make a move.
“I loved ACA,” Poole said. “I grew up there and they made me who I am. But I just felt like going to Edgewood was a better opportunity for me, to be a part of that tradition and make it to the next level. I felt like making the move will help me get there.”
Poole ran for 385 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles last year and caught 26 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns out of the slot. He feels he can help keep the bar where it’s set, but admits the winning streak is on his mind.
“It’s hard not to let it run across your mind. It really shows how much time and work they put into it. I’ve been to a couple of practices now, and you see that it doesn’t just come easy. A lot of people are saying because they’re in the AISA that it’s easy, but it’s really not. They’ve earned it. I really liked seeing that,” Poole said. “I feel like my skillset fits into what they’re doing. They run an offense similar to what ACA runs, so I really feel like I can do the same thing, at that slot catching passes, and I really feel like I can make an impact getting handoffs.”
Edgewood’s not short on talent, but after losing 19 seniors, almost every position is open competition. The Wildcats’ offense averaged 467.3 yards a game last year and scored a school record 712 points (54.8 per game).
“He’s a good kid. So any time you get a good kid that’s a good athlete, you can’t ever have enough of those,” Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said. “He’s a little behind obviously because he hasn’t been here, and he’s aware of that so I’m sure he’ll catch up, but he’s a good enough player to help us somewhere for sure. I’ll just have to see him play a little more.”