Taft Cleverly, right, gets by with a little help from his teammates. Cleverly and the Craig Middle School eighth-grade football team defeated Steamboat Springs Middle School, 46-0, on Saturday at CMS.

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Taft Cleverly, right, gets by with a little help from his teammates. Cleverly and the Craig Middle School eighth-grade football team defeated Steamboat Springs Middle School, 46-0, on Saturday at CMS.

CMS Bulldogs sweep Sailors

7th-, 8th-grade football teams beat rivals

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Cory Carson, center, breaks one tackle Saturday as another Steamboat Springs Middle School defender tries to stop him. Craig Middle School's eighth-grade team used a potent running attack to topple the Sailors, 46-0.

— With the season coming to a close, the Craig Middle School football teams saved the best for last.

Playing the Steamboat Springs Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade teams, both Bulldog squads won Saturday at CMS by wide margins.

In the first game of the day, the seventh-grade team defeated the Sailors, 58-8.

CMS was able to establish its running game early, and its defense was able to push the Sailors' attack back.

Thayne Riley, a seventh-grade running back, ran right at the Sailors and came away with three touchdowns.

"It was a very good game for everyone," he said. "It was a good game for me - I had a couple of touchdowns and tackles."

Riley said the Bulldogs were happy to finish their season playing against their rivals in red.

"It was really fun because we were all pretty excited," Riley said. "We worked on some new plays yesterday, and they worked pretty good today."

Seventh-grade coach Todd Hildebrandt said the big win was a fitting, if not too-soon, end to the season.

"It was a good game for the kids, I know they were all looking forward to it," Hildebrandt said. "I know most of them are sad to see the season end."

The Bulldogs spread the ball around, with Riley, Joe Camilletti, Tyler Davis and Tanner Snyder picking up touchdowns.

"They did their best, and we were able to get as many bodies as possible in," he said. "They were able to play some different positions, as well."

Hildebrandt said it didn't matter what position his players were filling, they played hard.

"I've told them if they play football at half-speed, they are going to be injured," he said. "Today, they played hard the whole game."

The second game of the day saw the eighth-grade team defeat the Sailors, 46-0.

CMS had a balanced running attack, as Taft Cleverly, Cory Carson and Julian Sipsey all ran in touchdowns.

Brayden Peterson, eighth-grade quarterback, picked up a rushing touchdown of his own, but said he couldn't have done it without a little help from his teammates.

"It was a good game," he said. "There was a lot of hitting, and everybody did their jobs."

CMS scored first after Carson rumbled in for a touchdown. A two-point conversion made it 8-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.

A safety and Peterson return on the ensuing kickoff saw Moffat County stretch its lead to 16-0.

Gary Tague, eighth-grade coach, said his Bulldogs reserved something for the end.

"They played their best on the last game of the season," he said. "They always play well when there's red on the other side. These two teams are rivals, and they were ready."

Tague said everyone on his squad contributed, which led to the victory.

"They hit, and executed and everyone did their jobs today," he said. "They played smart football today."

Both the seventh- and eighth-grade teams finished the season with 6-1 records.

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