Shared from the 8/24/2016 Southside Reporter eEdition

Defensive experience puts Edison in good place

Marvin Pfeiffer / San Antonio Express-News

Edison’s Taylor Ahoyt is one of the Golden Bears’ strong cadre of returning starters on defense.

Edison Golden Bears

Coach: Albert Torres

2015 record: 4-6 overall, 3-5 district

Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense

Top returners: DB Taylor Ahoyt, DB Raymond Rasto, RB Matthew Garcia, DL Ed Artis

Top newcomers: DE Jason Gutierrez, DL/OL Enrique Mejia

The skinny: The Golden Bears’ offense could pave the way for a playoff spot. Edison hopes the continued development of quarterback Danny Cadena will help. Defense has plenty of athletic ability.

Several District 28-5A coaches have tabbed Sam Houston and Highlands have favorites to win district, but Edison should be in the mix with a strong core of returning starters.

If nothing else, the Golden Bears should certainly be in contention for a playoff spot.

A lot of that experience comes on the defensive side. Senior defensive back Raymond Rasto leads the way. He was as first-team all-district selection after recording 28 tackles and returning his one interception for a 70-yard touchdown.

Senior defensive tackle Ed Artis, junior linebacker Chris Mauricio and senior defensive back Taylor Ahoyt were second-team selections. Aris had 20 tackles and seven sacks. Maurcio had 33 tackles. Ahoyt had two interceptions and 18 tackles.

Defensive end Jason Gutierrez is ready to compete for a starting spot after recording 17 tackles, including six for loss.

Coach Albert Torres hopes quarterback Danny Cadena continues to develop. He had 1,298 yards and six touchdowns on 98-of-179 passing. Running back Matthew Garcia earned second-team all-district honors after rushing for 549 yards and five touchdowns. He is also a threat to catch out of the backfield. He had 20 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

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