Head Coach Josh Edwards brings ample experience entering his 13th year of coaching at Eastern with a team that additionally reflects previous experience.
With an impressive 8-2 overall record and 4-1 conference record last season, losing only to conference team Sheridan High School and the sectional game against Lewis Cass High School, the Comets look to continue its winning record this fall.
“Our simple team goals are to grow as a team in our chemistry,” Edwards said. “We want to have a winning record. We want to win all of our home games. We would like to advance in sectionals and, first and foremost, be entertaining for our school and community.”
The team currently has 54 players on the roster, and over the summer nearly 40 players a day dedicated themselves to the weight room. The team went through quite a bit of mental and physical training to prepare for the season, such as rigorous summer workouts led by the United States Marine Corps. Last weekend, the team traveled to Shiloh Park in Marion for a two-day stay to practice and participate in team-building activities.
The Comets have outstanding leadership on the team once again with a large number of starters returning from last year, including 12 seniors and 19 juniors. While the starting line-ups have not been set in stone, multiple players are battling for each position. This year, the team’s biggest opponents are dispersed evenly throughout the course of the season.
“All games are big for us,” Edwards said. “We do not treat any game differently, as we try to show all of our opponents equal respect, but as far as teams we have circled on our schedule as being huge games this year, it would have to be Oak Hill, Delphi, and Sheridan.”
The Comets launch the season in the scrimmage against the Indians at Mississinewa High School this Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m.