Craig 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."