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Craig ready for Doak Walker’s pigskin power

The defense of Duran & Pearce Contractors Vikings holds tight against the Hayden Tigers' quarterback, Kodi Ingols, during Craig Parks & Recreation's Doak Walker tackle football Tuesday afternoon at Woodbury Sports Complex.

One day, they'll all be Bulldogs, but at the moment, they're going by team names like the Chargers, the Saints and the Jets. Oh, and of course, a certain Colorado team that wears a lot of orange.

Craig Parks & Recreation's Doak Walker tackle football program has commenced for the fall with seven squads in the fifth- and sixth-grade division and five for third- and fourth-graders.

Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football — Week 1 results

Fifth and sixth grades

Craig Daily Press Broncos vs. Masterworks Mechanical Cardinals — 38-6

Craig Police Department Packers vs. Intermountain Appliance Chargers — 26-0

Hayden Tigers vs. Duran & Pearce Contractors Vikings — 18-12

— The Wagner Construction — Wagner Rock 49ers had a bye week. All games are at 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Woodbury Sports Complex.

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Third and fourth grades

Boy-Ko Supply Broncos vs. Clarion Inn & Suites Jets — 36-6

Cook Chevrolet Chargers vs. Carrie Hertzog Photography Saints — 12-6

— The Hayden Tigers had a bye week. All games are at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Woodbury Sports Complex.

The fields at Woodbury Sports Complex were abuzz Tuesday and Wednesday as players hit hard and often in the first week of gridiron action.

Teams in the older league include the Masterworks Mechanical Cardinals, Craig Police Department Packers, Intermountain Appliance Chargers, Wagner Construction — Wagner Rock 49ers, Duran & Pearce Contractors Vikings and Craig Daily Press Broncos. Third- and fourth-grade teams are: Clarion Inn & Suites Jets, Boy-Ko Supply Broncos, Cook Chevrolet Chargers and Carrie Hertzog Photography Saints.

Each level also features one roster made up of the Tigers, of Hayden, and on the sidelines, members of the Parks & Rec cheer program keep up the energy for all teams.

This week was a strong season opener for both Broncos teams, particularly the older group, which took a 38-6 win over the Cardinals.

Ethan Hafey contributed greatly as the winning team's quarterback.

"Our defense, we did a lot better, and we're doing really good on our snaps on offense," he said. "I want to keep playing hard like today and just keep on going."

Hafey's teammate, Easton Briggs, also served as QB for several plays.

Ask Briggs what his favorite part of the game is, he can sum it up in one word: "Scoring."

While Doak Walker gives the young athletes the fundamental skills for playing the sport later in life, it also teaches that not everything will go one's way, as a number of disputed calls were prominent in the Broncos vs. Cards match-up.

Even so, both teams played a good game, said Cardinal coach Calvin Murphy, fully anticipating his group to bounce back next week.

"A lot of little stuff to straighten out, but we'll be all right," he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

Craig Parks and Recreation Doak Walker football — Week 1 results

Fifth and sixth grades

Craig Daily Press Broncos vs. Masterworks Mechanical Cardinals — 38-6

Craig Police Department Packers vs. Intermountain Appliance Chargers — 26-0

Hayden Tigers vs. Duran & Pearce Contractors Vikings — 18-12

— The Wagner Construction — Wagner Rock 49ers had a bye week. All games are at 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Third and fourth grades

Boy-Ko Supply Broncos vs. Clarion Inn & Suites Jets — 36-6

Cook Chevrolet Chargers vs. Carrie Hertzog Photography Saints — 12-6

— The Hayden Tigers had a bye week. All games are at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Woodbury Sports Complex.