Craig Middle School football teams regularly dominate their competition. This year was no different.
The eighth-grade and seventh-grade A teams finished their seasons Saturday in Steamboat Springs with the closest games of the season. Both games were wins.
The eighth-graders won 16-12, while the seventh-grader beat the Sailors, 20-14. Both teams finished 7-0.
The eighth-grade team started a new undefeated streak this year after last year's team had a three-year streak of perfect seasons snapped. A seventh-grade team hasn't lost in six years.
"In my years of coaching, we've tended to have the fastest guy on the field," seventh-grade coach Mike LeWarne said. "That was the case again this year, and our first-team defense didn't give up a first down until the final game."
Eighth-grade coach Gary Tague said his team was talented in nearly every aspect, but that the line literally was its biggest asset.
"The line did some good things for us," he said. "There are a couple of guys who could become good football players at the next level."
LeWarne said he was impressed with his team's ability to recognize the team factor of the sport.
"As the season went on, they realized the importance of the people away from the ball," he said. "Once those guys knew how key they were, the team improved."
Both coaches said their jobs as middle school coaches were to keep things fun for the growing athletes.
"We don't want to run anybody off because the smallest guy could be the strongest when he's a senior," LeWarne said. "We try to teach the very foundations of blocking to everybody so they have that when they go to high school."