Two up, two down for Bullpups

The Craig Middle School seventh-grade football teams had a successful weekend, winning both games against the Steamboat Sailors Saturday while the eighth-grade team wasn't as fortunate, dropping two games at Craig Middle School field.

The seventh-grade A squad blanked the Sailors, 20-0, and the B team shut out the Sailors, 6-0. The eighth-grade A squad fell to the Sailors, 12-6, and the B team lost, 14-6.

"We just did a real good job today," said seventh-grade coach Burkie Wynkoop. "The defense did a good and the offense also did a real good job when it started clicking in the A game."

The CMS coach said it was a solid team effort in the win.

"We were really pleased with the outcome," said Wynkoop. "We played well and winning the ballgame was the feather in the hat. We are 2-0 right now and if we can get 3-0 next week we will be happy."

Wynkoop said moving the ball will be the focus for seventh-graders in practice.

"This week in practice we will work a lot on offense centers getting the ball to the quarterback and not missing a few assignments on the blocks," said Wynkoop.

In the eighth-grade A game, the Bullpups gained an early 6-0 lead when quarterback Aaron Sanchez ran in from 10-yards out in the second quarter. The Bullpups went for two, but came up short.

The Sailors scored just before halftime to tie the game, 6-6, and then Steamboat Springs ended the scoring at the end of third quarter with a touchdown and held on for the six-point victory.

"We didn't have a good week of practice and offensively we spurted," said eighth-grade coach Gary Tague. "We should have executed a lot better. The kids were getting after it right up to the last play and that shows a winner attitude."

Before the game started, Tague knew the Sailors would be a tough team to beat.

"Steamboat Springs beat the kids twice last year in seventh-grade," said Tague. "The Sailors has a real good running back. They are sound up front. They had a couple of big plays on us. We will be OK and they are going to be good."

Both the seventh-grade and eighth-grade teams play again at 9 a.m. Saturday, hosting Meeker at Craig Middle School. field.

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