Craig football frenzy renews with Doak Walker season |

Craig football frenzy renews with Doak Walker season

The Chiefs' Riley Dial works to avoid a tackle during a Doak Walker football game.
Andy Bockelman

Pads in place, helmets and mouth guards situated, cleats laced up — the only thing left is the first whistle to begin a new season of Doak Walker tackle football.

Craig Parks and Recreations fall pigskin program has begun anew as young athletes hit the gridiron to toughen up and have fun while doing it.

The opening days of the season took place this week as players got things started on the right foot.

On Wednesday, the third- and fourth-grade Hayden Tigers matched up against the Saints, with the Craig team running up the score for a 34-12 triumph. Elsewhere, the Broncos and Jets skirmished, resulting in a blue and orange win of 18-6.

The night before, fifth- and sixth-grade squads wasted no time getting physical, including a 28-12 game between the Chiefs and Steelers.

Donning the red and gold of the Kansas City namesake, Riley Dial functioned as a quarterback for part of the game but like most of his teammates served played multiple positions.

Dial said it was a team effort, noting that those calling the plays had a lot to do with the victory.

“We’ve got some great coaches,” he said.

On the other field, the Dolphins fought against the older Tigers, though a strong running game gave the visiting team a 28-6 win.

Dolphins head coach Anton Fredrickson said he wanted to mix it up more with an air attack as well as ground game, with some results more successful than others, though he’s not too concerned about an early defeat.

“We’ve still got some kinks to work out, and we weren’t running things like we had in practice, but it’s just the first game,” he said. “Last year, we lost the first four games then bounced back and won four in a row at the end of the season.”

Doak Walker games take place at 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Woodbury Sports Complex through September and October.

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