Third straight perfect season
Gardner For the third consecutive year, the Baldwin Junior High School seventh grade football team finished its season undefeated.
The two previous seasons were youth football seasons. This year, they made it up to junior high football, but that didn’t slow them down.
The Bulldogs beat Wheatridge Middle School 18-8 Tuesday to end the season 7-0.
“We’re 7-0,” coach Jim Hartman said. “We won magic number seven tonight and it feels great. It was an honor to coach this team. They are a great team.”
Hartman said he knew the team was ready for its final game after Monday’s practice.
“The last couple weeks we’ve had a lot of distractions with days off from school, so our practice was diminished,” Hartman said Monday. “They really came focused yesterday. They showed up and knew what was in front of them. You could tell that we were going to be fine.”
On Tuesday, BJHS jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as Cornell Brown scored on a 15-yard run. Wheatridge answered with three running plays to score a touchdown 8-6.
Chad Berg scored the next two scores for the Bulldogs. He scored on a 40-yard run in the first half to give BJHS a 12-8 lead at halftime. His final score came in the fourth quarter on a 50-yard run to seal the victory.
Sklyer Shockley had two interceptions in the game, one of which came deep in the Bulldogs’ territory and prevented Wheatridge from taking the lead.
“Our defense has been our game winner,” Hartman said. “They have truly shined this year. We’ve had some close games and our defense won our last game for us.”
The eighth grade team never played its game Tuesday as weather canceled the contest.