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Bulldogs out-man Hayden

CMS football wins 30-12, 22-0

John Vandelinder

— With host Craig Middle School outnumbering visiting Hayden by a 4-to-1 ratio, the outcome of Tuesday night’s contest was never in question.

CMS suited up 80 kids to Hayden’s 20.

“They only brought 20 kids out to play,” eighth-grade head coach Gary Tague said. “It’s not very strong competition for us when that happens.”

Despite the lack of competition, the Bulldogs fielded two teams against the Tigers, winning both contests by a combined 40 points.

CMS’s two teams -an eighth-grade squad and a seventh-grade squad – played against one rotating team of Tigers.

“We split them up in an attempt to get them all playing time,” Tague said. “It helps to get the second team offense some fine-tuning.”

Quarterback Braeden Sullivan led the eighth-grade team, connecting with wide receiver Alfredo Hernandez for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs first game triumph, 30-12.

“Sullivan is the leader of our team,” Tague said. “He did an excellent job.”

Mason Updike led the defensive unit.

“He was laying some licks on those boys,” Tague said of Updike’s play. “He hits really hard.”

Todd Hildenbrandt coaches the seventh-graders and he was just as impressed with his team.

“We had to put our seventh grade B team in after one series,” he said. “If not the final would have been much more ugly.”

The seventh graders played only two 10-minute quarters, cruising to a 22-0 victory against the undermanned Tigers.

Andrew Browning and Garret Buckley led the seventh-grade Bulldog attack.

Browning was 3-3 passing with a touchdown, only playing the first offensive possession, while tailback Buckley rushed for a touchdown in only a few carries.

“Browning completed three beautiful passes with no incompletions,” Tague said. “And Buckley is really hard to catch.

“Both squads were very impressive.”

The Bulldogs will play with split teams again today. Hildebrandt’s squad will host Meeker at 9 a.m. Tagues’ team will travel to Rawlins for a 9 a.m. kickoff as well.

“We’ve never played Rawlins before,” Tague said. “We are eager for a good match-up.”


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