Cougars hope to end football season unbeaten
Normally, middle schoolers study history. This afternoon, the Glenwood Springs Cougars’ eighth-grade football team can make history.If GSMS defeats Carbondale this afternoon at nearby Roaring Fork High School, a victory over the Wolverines gives the Cougars an unbeaten season.The eighth- grade game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.A victory also culminates a three-year unbeaten run for 12 of the team’s members.”We just refuse to lose,” said Glenwood Kevin Screen of the streak he and his teammates have fashioned while in middle school.”We think about (the streak) a little bit,” Screen said. Being familiar with their teammates, has helped build the team’s winning skein,” Screen added.”It really helps that we played together for a long time, because we know how each other play.”The streak, which has risen into the upper teens, started for the 12 Cougars football players in sixth grade.Back then, Screen and the 11 other players who have fashioned the winning streak, were members of the Three Rivers Football Glenwood Gators.The Gators culminated an unbeaten 2002 season by winning the Division II championship game over Parachute.Advancing to middle school play as seventh graders, the 2003 team finished the year with a perfect 6-0 mark.’The players got bigger and faster as we got older,” said Dakota Stonehouse, the quarterback on all three undefeated teams.”The biggest thing for me was not messing up and to make things happen.”The Cougars have 29 players on this year’s 8th grade roster.
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