There were a lot of gaps to fill in the offseason for the Central Warriors. After making the 4A state playoffs for the last two years, the Warriors had to replace a head coach, quarterback, runningback, and wide receiver.
The Warriors brought in CHS alum, Brandon Milholland to fill the shoes that former head coach Shawn Marsh left.
Milholland had been the head coach at Cedaredge High since 2010. He won a state championship in 2012, and will transition from 1A to 4A.
Marsh was Central’s main guy for the last six seasons. He turned the program from a (0-10) team two years in a row, to a consistent playoff team. When he took the job at Eaglecrest on the Front Range, he took his son Max with him.
Max was a star quarterback in 2018 as a junior, leading the 4A Southern division in passing yards with nearly 2,300. He also had 20 touchdowns through the air and 11 interceptions.
The Warriors also lost senior runningback Anthony Zubiate, who led the team with 1,031 rushing yards, and Cade Balleweg who led the team in receiving yards with 789 and saw the endzone seven times.
However, they return one of the best players in the country, senior tight end Kole Taylor. Taylor is ranked as a top ten tight end in the country and has already committed to play at LSU in 2020.
The 6’6″ tight end hauled in 29 receptions in 2018 for 510 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Warriors start their season on the road against the Montrose Indians. That game kicks off Friday August 30, at 7:00 p.m.