The results usually are the same.
Craig Middle School faces the Little Snake River Valley School Rattlers in Baggs, Wyo., and pick up a win, while the Rattlers would come to Craig and even the series.
Don’t tell that to Colten Yoast and the rest of the CMS boys eighth-grade basketball team.
Playing Friday in Craig, the Bulldogs got off to an impressive start and never looked back, beating the Rattlers, 60-16, in front of a packed house.
“We played really well, and we were able to beat the Rattlers for the first time in four years at home,” Yoast said. “I think they only had one eighth-grader, so we were able to take advantage.”
Every player on the Bulldogs squad was able to score in what Yoast called a complete team effort.
“We had been hogging the ball and not going through our offense,” he said. “Tonight’s game really helped us with passing the ball. That’s why we lost a couple games at the start of the season.”
Taft Cleverly lead the Bulldogs with 14 points, Jorge Torres had 12, Dyland Trevenen and Kelly Campbell both had 10, Thorin Jackson had eight, while Yoast, Colter Tegtman and Curtis Dunlap had two points.
The Bulldogs lead, 12-2, after the first quarter and managed to push their lead to 36-4 by the first half.
The third quarter saw the Bulldogs extend their lead to 52-9.
Yoast said the Bulldogs did everything they needed to do to secure the win.
“Our offense was working and it was a new high score for us,” he said. “We just played hard and never gave up."