Dylan Kincade, 9, of the Raiders, breaks through the Packers linemen in the third quarter of Doak Walker football Wednesday evening. For story and more photos, see Page 14.

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Dylan Kincade, 9, of the Raiders, breaks through the Packers linemen in the third quarter of Doak Walker football Wednesday evening. For story and more photos, see Page 14.

Doak Walker football kicking into full gear

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Keenan Hildebrandt, 8, of the 49ers, runs the ball at the end of the third quarter of Doak Walker football Wednesday evening.

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Ian Thibodeau, 8, of the Broncos, watches his teammates play early in the first quarter.

Rosters

2007 Doak Walker tackle football rosters - Craig

Third-and fourth-graders:

Balderston Engineering Packers - coach: Mark Balderston, Billy Bingham

Jacob Archuleta

Thomas Baker

Michael Bingham

Tyler Cox

Lane Gonzales

Shandon Hadley

Hugo Hernandez

Issac Montoya

Matthew Moschetti

John Parker

Eli Simpson

Crown Prints Broncos - coach: Jarod Ogden, Josh Magnuson

Noah Booth

Austin Crider

Alex Crossman

Kearn Gerber

Peyton Jacobson

Ryan Lueck

Austin Magnuson

John Peroulis

Cole Scott

Ian Thibodeau

Danny White

Boyko Vikings - coach: Phil Hoth, Stan Darveau

Matthew Beran

Austin Flanders

Jeb Gowdy

Derrick Hefton

Raven Hitz

Cole Hoth

Jarrod Lopez

Conner Scranton

David Stalcar

Bryce Tuttle

Cole White

Ed Guevara

NW Weed Management 49ers - coach: Todd Hildenbrandt

Colton Hall

Keaton Hickson

Keenan Hildebrandt

Trevor Johnson

Brett Loyd

Devlyn Mosman

Deven Mosman

Benjamin Robinson

Brady Springer

Suede Swanson

Trent Vernon

Craig Police Department Raiders - coach: Bryan Ludgate

Riley Allen

Trey Gallegos

Bronc Hellander

Dylan Kincade

Jesse Kurz

Tyler Ludgate

Kobe Meagher

Chase Pead

Eddie Smercina

Garret Uptain

Ryan Zimmerman

2007 Doak Walker tackle football rosters - Craig

Fifth-and sixth-graders:

Grounds Repair Colts - coach: Scotty Parker, Billy Davis

Cory Carson

Ezequiel Chavez

Colvin Preston

Tyler Davis

Tyler Jenkins

Andrew Manzano

Robert Meyers

Sam Parker

Dyland Trevenen

Joe Camellitti

Logan Roberts

Coltin Nielson

Masterworks Broncos - coach: Shad Peters

Philip Chadwick

Thorin Jackson

Connor Jurgensen

Christopher Kling

Kody Leonard

Preston Lopez-Shue

Heath Peters

Omar Pizano

Dillon Porter

Dylan Villa

David Wildermuth

Sauelsons True Value Ravens - coach: Tom Wells

Lane Causer

Tyler Gerber

Grant Hefton

Eloy Hernandez

Brayden Peterson

Keith Smith

Trace Walt

Tyler Wells

Colten Yoast

Sage Schrimsher

Dalton Kendall

Jackson's Office Supply Steelers - coach: Dave Summers

Taft Cleverly

Garret Ferguson

Gage Gowdy

Alex Herring

Andrew Hubbard

Seth Morgan

Luke Peters

Thayne Riley

Tanner Snyder

Cory Summers

Landon Willey

David Guevara

— When City of Craig Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike moved to the area more than 20 years ago, he knew he had come to a football crazy town.

"The magnitude of football is huge here in Craig," Pike said. "Football is key. This is Bronco country."

The problem Pike said, was there were no organized football for the children outside of the middle school and the high school levels.

"I had to get involved," he said. "So, I started the Doak Walker Football League."

Now football players from third grade to sixth grade have a field to play on and make their best John Elway impressions.

"I'm proud that I started it," Pike said. "We began with flag football, then, with such a high demand, we switched to tackle football 10 years ago in 1997."

League funding comes from team sponsors and the Craig City Council.

"We spent more than $2,000 on all new equipment for the kids this year," Pike said. "We purchased 40 new helmets and 40 new pairs of pants. I'm really happy with the support that we've received from the City Council. This stuff is state of the art."

Doak Walker Football is an eight-man team league, broken down into two age groups - third- and fourth-graders and fifth- and sixth-graders - with six teams in each group. Each team plays eight games apiece, with the season culminating with a playoff for all teams.

Games are played on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Woodbury Park, with all games kicking-off at 5:15 p.m.

"It's more fun playing eight-on-eight," Pike said. "If we were to play regulation 11-man football, we wouldn't be able to field as many teams." There are nine teams from Craig and three from Hayden.

Pike said most coaches try to teach the basic fundamentals - how to hold the ball, where to be and having fun - as practice time is minimal.

"Most of the practice time is over the summer," Pike said. "During the season, the kids are only allowed three contact sessions per week. If you play two games, then you are only allotted one practice. One game - two practices."

Pike said that equal participation is key, along with player development.

"I remember the kids who graduated from high school two years ago, that were in our inaugural season," he said. "I got to watch them grow up right in front of me. Keep your eye on these kids. They can play."

Registration for Doak Walker football ended Aug. 10, all rosters have been filled. For more information, contact Dave Pike 970-824-9586.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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