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Caldwell High School

School Info
Conference: 4A Southern Idaho Conference
Classification: 4A

Head Coach: Zach McGee

Years as Head Coach: 6th Season

Record Last Year: 3-6

State Titles: None

Assistant Coaches:
Josh White
Ty Walling
Charlie Ruff
Josh Brookshire
Erick Valenzuela
Logan Brewer
Cade Ritthaler
Colton Sweesy

Returning Players:
Triden Mitchell, Defensive end, Senior
Camron Manker, Outside linebacker, Senior
Noah Rohrdanz, Free Safety, Senior
Tevin Sio, Strong Safety, Junior

Key Players lost from last year:
Austin Van Horne: 1st Team SIC Quarterback, Two-year starter and three year letter winner.
Martin Escobedo: 1st Team SIC Offensive line and two year varsity starter.
Jacob Swain: 1st Team SIC Defensive back and two year varsity starter

Incoming impact players:
Zack Ramos, Offensive line, Sophomore
Travis Mitchell, Offensive line, Junior
Tyler York, Defensive line, Junior
Armando Baez, Running back, Junior

Team Preview:
Written by: Lucas Gebhart

Caldwell is a very young team. The Cougars lost all offensive starters from last season and will have to depend on inexperienced youth for success in 2016.

Gone is All-Conference quarterback Austin Van-Horne, gone is All-Conference offensive lineman Martin Escobedo and gone is All-Conference defensive back Jacob Swain.

Caldwell will not return any players who received All-Conference awards from last season and their schedule is brutal. Seven of the nine games will be played in the always tough Southern Idaho Conference. Their two games outside of conference will be played against Nampa and Centennial, two 5A schools also in the Boise area. Caldwell went 1-4 in conference play last season.

Despite all the odds being against the Cougs this season, head coach Zach McGee has still managed to get the most out of his players.

“There is a high probability we will not be favored in a single game this season,” McGee said. “But, our guys believe and have put in lots of time this summer to be successful. We must deserve to win, and we work hard at work.”

To embody this hard work, Caldwell will look to their motto, REPS: Respect, effort, pride and service.

Leading the way will be seniors Triden Mitchell at defensive end, Cameron Manker at outside linebacker and Noah Rohrdanz at free safety. Also returning to the defense is strong safety Tevin Sio, who will be a junior.

Sio is expected to play both ways, as he will see time at running back. Also seeing time in the backfield will be Noah Jaeckels and Armando Baez, who finished 2nd in state in the 200-meters.

Cemented into the offensive line are Zach Ramos and Travis Mitchell, while Tyler York will see time on the defensive front.

On paper, Caldwell has its work cut out for it, but football isn’t played on paper, so the youth movement will have the opportunity to shine in the new campaign.

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