CMS 7th- and 8th-grade football vs. Rifle
The Bulldogs took on Rifle in middle school football Saturday morning.
Football: Craig Middle School vs. Rifle
The seventh- and eighth-grade football teams from Craig Middle School took on Rifle in their penultimate game of the season. Both CMS teams prevailed by the same score, 38-0.
In the second week of the 2012 football season, Moffat County was beaten by Rifle, 45-0, in a disappointing game.
On Saturday, the next generation of Bulldogs got a measure of revenge against Rifle.
The seventh- and eighth-grade football teams from Craig Middle School took on the Rifle Cubs on Saturday morning at CMS. Both Moffat County teams came away with decisive victories, 38-0.
In the seventh-grade game, CMS recovered an onside kick to open the game, then methodically drove down the field, finishing the game’s opening drive with a touchdown run from Breck Henderson.
Later in the first quarter, quarterback Cole White scampered for a 39-yard touchdown run to make the score 16-0.
In the second quarter, Alex Neverez got around the edge for an 11-yard touchdown to give CMS a 22-0 lead at halftime.
All half — make that all game — long, the Bulldogs defense was winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and making plays in the Rifle backfield. The Cubs only mustered a few plays of more than five yards during the game.
“We held them to just a couple first downs,” coach Norm Yoast said. “Everybody got to play some defense and offense and did a great job. They scrimmaged the eighth grade this week and got beat up on but got better.”
In the second half, the second team got in on the act. Nathan Baker ran around the end and found the sideline for a 27-yard score. McKinzie Klimper delivered the game’s final margin on a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter to make it 38-0.
It was a complete performance from the Bulldogs.
“Offensively, our lead blockers were maintaining blocks,” Yoast said. “Our line did an outstanding job. We ran the ball well, we threw the ball well. I was really proud of our guys.”
The eighth-grade team did not get on the board as quickly as their seventh grade counterparts, but they were not to be outdone, also chewing up big chunks of yardage on the ground and through the air and turning the Rifle offense away all game.
Quarterback Keenan Hildebrandt started off the scoring for CMS with a bruising five-yard run on the final play of the first quarter. CMS tacked on another quick score after a blocked punt by Hugo Hernandez gave them excellent field position.
Hildebrandt would connect with Connor Scranton for a 44-yard touchdown pass after avoiding the Rifle pass rush. With less than two minutes to play in the half, CMS led 22-0.
Scranton would catch another touchdown pass in the third quarter off a tip, to give CMS a 30-0 lead.
Halfback Lane Gonzales, the Bulldogs leading ball-carrier, got in on the scoring in the second half with a 13-yard touchdown that put the game well out of reach.
On several occasions the Rifle offense was able to move the ball with a long play or a few first downs, but the Bulldogs always had an answer, whether it came in the form of forcing a turnover or standing stout and getting a stop on fourth down.
Coach Todd Hildebrandt said he loved to see his team’s focus on the field.
“I was very pleased,” he said. “Every kid from top to bottom came out and played hard and with passion. That’s something we’ve emphasized because we had a rough start. But as soon as walk across the white line, we transform and get our game face on.”
Both CMS teams have one more game this season, a home matchup at 9 a.m. Oct. 6 against Steamboat Springs.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press Sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.