Engadine Carries Momentum Into 2016

ENGADINE – One of the more consistent programs since the MHSAA first started sponsoring 8-player football in 2011, Engadine enters 2016 with one of its largest senior classes in recent years.

Despite facing five first-year 8-player programs a year ago, Engadine ended its campaign with seven wins and found itself in the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

“We had five teams on our schedule last year that were making their debut in eight-man. So they are 11-man programs with usually bigger kids and you know, all of the schools are bigger than us,” coach Joe Austin said. “We were leery of it, you know, some really good programs in there but we held our own."

Engadine also raked in the postseason honors as Austin was named the Associated Press 8-player Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to their best regular season (7-2) since 1998.

The Eagles have three times as many seniors as they did a year ago with six seniors comprising a 17-man roster that includes several two-year starters.

"I think we really try hard to work on our defense, that’s for sure,” senior Trevor Brawler said. “I think that comes number one. We really try to take pride here at Engadine for defense. Offense really plays a role and we’re trying to add to that again this year."

A charter member of the Bridge Alliance Football League, the Eagles return after spending last year in the Western Eight Conference.

Engadine opens its season at league opponent Charlton Heston Academy on Aug. 26.

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