CMS football teams defeat Meeker, prepare for Steamboat |

CMS football teams defeat Meeker, prepare for Steamboat

Brett Loyd tries to turn the corner during the second quarter of the seventh-grade football game against Meeker on Tuesday at Craig Middle School. The seventh-grade team won, 28-6, while the eighth-graders also took home a victory, 36-8. Both teams have 6-0 records for the season and will finish up the year against Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

With their final game as members of the Craig Middle School football team days away, eighth-graders Tyler Davis and Miguel Cruz have mixed emotions.

On one hand, they're sad to see the end of an era. But, they're also excited at the prospect of finishing their season undefeated.

The seventh- and eighth-grade teams continued their winning streaks in their Tuesday home games against Meeker. The eighth-graders won, 36-8, as did the seventh-graders, 28-6, leaving both teams with 6-0 records for the season.

The seventh-graders jumped out early in the first match-up, leading 14-0 at halftime.

"It was a pretty good game," seventh-grade center Ben Robinson said. "Meeker kind of turned on the heat at the end."

The Cowboys scored their single touchdown in the final seconds of the game, though the Bulldogs were already too far ahead to be worried.

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Coach Todd Hildebrandt said the team's main weakness was an unusual number of fumbles.

"We were trying some new things," he said. "It wasn't a good night for ball-handling. But defensively, they played well, very well."

Hildebrandt said the team will work on keeping up its intensity for the season's final game, which takes place this Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

"We beat them the first time around, so I'm sure they'll be extra-motivated to win," he said.

Hildebrandt said he is confident his team will perform strongly Saturday.

"This is a very good seventh-grade group," he said. "They're a very hard-nose class. They hit well and they're very aggressive."

Eighth-grade coach Gary Tague said he is looking forward to taking over the team next year.

"They're a real tough group," Tague said.

Tague's current roster played well on Tuesday, as well, bringing back the opening kickoff for a touchdown. This was a repeat of the opening of the combined game against Soroco on Sept. 21, in which the eighth-graders only played in the first quarter.

"It's been awhile since we had a full game, so I was pretty happy with how we did," Tague said.

Cruz, a wide receiver for the eighth-grade team, said he was surprised with Meeker's performance after the Cowboys' stronger showing at home.

"I thought they would be pretty hard, but it turned out to be an easy game," he said.

Cruz and Davis, the team's quarterback, said they are both "pumped" for the Steamboat game.

"We're going to win," Davis said.

Both boys are looking forward to playing high school football next year, though they're not excited about having to wait between seasons.

"It's kind of a bummer," Cruz said.

Tague said he expects his squad to be good additions to the Moffat County High School football team.

"They're a good group," he said. "I think they'll be excellent, as long as they keep up the hard work."

If you go

What: 7th- and 8th-grade football

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Steamboat Springs Middle School, 5100 Amethyst Drive, Steamboat

— This is the last game of the season for the Craig Middle School teams, which are both currently 6-0.

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