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Bullpups dominate Rangley at home

Bruce Tippets

The Craig Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade football teams ran past Rangely Saturday at the Craig Middle School field.

The eighth-graders blanked Rangely, 26-0, and the seventh-graders downed the Panthers, 20-6.

In the eighth-grade game, the Bullpups raced to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. Nick Goodenow scored a pair of touchdowns.

Aaron Sanchez ran back a punt for a touchdown as the Bullpups never looked backed.

“We were up 20-0 in the first quarter and we could have really ran the score up,” said eighth-grade coach Gary Tague. “All the guys got to play a bunch and it was a good game for them.”

According to Tague, the Bullpups ran the ball against Rangely and that was the difference.

“Our running game was clicking and that was our strength,” said Tague. “We played all the kids a ton on defense.

“In fact, my first defense didn’t get all that much time. I was really pleased with the way all the kids played.”

In the seventh-grade game, the Bullpups jumped in front, 14-0, early on.

“Our offensive line was the key to the game,” said coach Burkie Wynkoop. “They started blocking and the running backs had room to go.

“The defensive line took over and our two lines dominated, therefore we won the game.”

“Both teams have improved since the last time we played them,” said Wynkoop. “We probally improved a bit more than Rangely has.”

The Bullpups’ next game is at 9 a.m. Saturday against the Steamboat Springs Sailors at the high school field and both coaches agree they will have their hands full.

“We lost to Steamboat Springs 12-6 a couple of weeks and they have an extremely excellent running back,” said Tague. “He is really good. Then they are just solid all the way across.

“They really don’t have any weaknesses. We hope to have another good game.”

“Steamboat Springs is always a tough game and they should be a good challenge for us,” said Wynkoop.