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Family motivation drives Edwards to success

Mark Edwards IV practices with the Silly U College Prep 7 on 7 team on Oct. 7, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Mark Edwards IV practices with the Silly U College Prep 7 on 7 team on Oct. 7, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

El Cerrito’s Mark Edwards IV is on a mission.

Edwards, a senior athlete for the Gauchos, is driven by his family and those around him, using them as a motivation to be successful in everything he does.

“Family,” Edwards said. “Just coming out of Richmond. Trying to get out.”

For much of his football career, Edwards has shined in football and in the classroom – holding above a 3.3 GPA – en route to giving back to his family and his roots.

Edwards’ football career began when he was 7 years old. Those early days saw him with the Rebels out of Pleasant Hill and then for the Steelers, making an instant impact wherever he went.

And those early moments provided glimpses of what was to come. 

“Probably like my first year playing football,” Edwards said. “I knew this was what I wanted to do when I get older, and I started giving it my all.”

As Edwards continued gaining more experience in the sport, the shine only went up.

At El Cerrito, Edwards is part of a star-studded roster and one of the top players for a program destined for big things when the season eventually rolls around. In just five games last season, Edwards hauled in a long touchdown grab and finished with two interceptions defensively – one of which he returned to the house.

Edwards and El Cerrito ended up being North Coast Section Division III quarterfinalists.

Since then, Edwards only added to his game – including the addition of at least 20 pounds while working out every day, all the while crediting his coaches for helping him during this journey.

“The offseason has been pretty good,” Edwards said. “I’ve been going on the track. Coach Dame (Damon Cole) at Silly U, (head) coach Jake (Rincon) at El Cerrito, the running back drills. Everything.”

Ahead of his senior year, Edwards is aiming for all of the accolades with his Gauchos teammates.

“No giving up touchdowns,” Edwards said. “Nothing. As far as offense, I’m trying to get at least 10 touchdowns, at least two touchdowns every game at least…State.”


  1. Carolyn on January 13, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Hard work and determination will pay off. Keep your head up I’m praying for greatness.

  2. Kisha on January 13, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    With God, and family… Football can be all that and then some!!! Sky’s the limit

  3. Misheka Brown on January 13, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I’m so proud of you. This makes my heart smile. Being a mother of a senior, I can only imagine how you boys feel. To see this, the drive, the MOTIVATION the continuing to push forward makes your parents very proud. Go win Mark! On your MARK, GO!!!! The sky is the limit. God bless you.

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