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CMS football sinks Steamboat

Bulldogs win, 42-6, against rival

John Vandelinder
Craig Middle School football coach Todd Hildenbrand looks on as the Bulldogs work on offensive drills at Monday's practice, two days after CMS defeated Steamboat Springs, 42-6.
John Vandelinder

— Most of the time, Craig Middle School football coach Todd Hildenbrand doesn’t develop a game plan for his team’s opponents.

Not last week.

Not when it comes to playing Steamboat Springs.

“Steamboat is different,” he said. “They are our rivals. It’s our biggest game and we really wanted to win that one.”

And on Saturday, that is exactly what they did.

The visiting Bulldogs dominated the pace of play against the Sailors, cruising to a 42-6 victory.

“We played extremely well as a team from the get-go,” Hildenbrand said. “I’m really proud of the kids.”

Heading into the game, Hildenbrand was worried about his teams’ weakness – defending the pass.

“Going in, our weak point was the play of our defensive backs,” he said. “But they worked it out and came through big for us.”

Hildenbrand doesn’t keep individual stats for his team – choosing instead to focus on team chemistry – but he did recall the play of his corners.

The Bulldogs’ secondary intercepted two Sailors passes, resulting in 14 points off of those turnovers.

“Steamboat tried to pass on us,” Hildenbrand said. “But our corners did a tremendous job.”

Hildenbrand said CMS played to its team’s strength – running between the tackles – and it paid off for the Bulldogs.

“They couldn’t stop our running game,” he said. “And we shut their’s down. They couldn’t get outside on us at all.”

Up next, the Bulldogs host Hayden at 4 p.m. today.

“We beat Steamboat, but now we move on,” Hildenbrand said. “We are just as worried about Hayden. They are a solid, well-coached team. We need to show up.”


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