CMS 7th-grade football loses 1st game in years


— For the first time in years, the Craig Middle School boys seventh-grade football team lost a game.

On Saturday, the team fell to Meeker, 20-14, at home. It was the first loss since coach Todd Hildebrandt took over more than five years ago.

There was a simple reason why his team fell, Hildebrandt said.

"In simplest terms, Meeker out-tackled us and out-blocked us," he said. "They played a good game."

But sometimes a setback is good.

"We will learn from this," Hildebrandt said. "It was mostly mental, and we will not be out-hit again. Next time, our guys will come out with more effort and more enthusiasm."

In a day in which one streak ended, another soldiered on, as the eighth-grade team managed to hold off Meeker's squad Saturday.

The team has not lost in four years.

At half-time during the eighth-grade game, Meeker was in a position to play spoiler yet again, with CMS clinging to a narrow 14-12 lead.

"They played tough," coach Gary Tague said. "They were able to break a few big plays."

The Bulldogs held on, thanks in large part to Braden Peterson, Tague said.

He praised the quarterback and defensive end for rallying his team to a 38-12 victory against Meeker.

"He was a leader out on the field," Tague said. "He took charge on offense and defense - he was good on both sides of the ball."

The reason for the win, Tague said, was because of a renewed defense coming out of the half.

"They started hitting," he said. "Everyone started doing their jobs at their positions."


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