The eighth-grade Wheatridge Middle School football squad hosted the Louisburg Middle School Wildcats in the season home opener last week. Coach Susnik and Coach Peavey noted positives in both offense and defense.  However there is still much room for improvement.  The Mustangs would eventually lose the game by a large margin.
Conner Wade was able to score the first rushing touchdown of the season, and left the Wildcat defense in the dust.  Wade broke loose running more than 50 yards along the sideline.
Taeveon Alcorn-Tisinger pitched-in a nice run with a nifty cutback for 15 yards.
“These are the kind of things we have been telling our kids they can do and today they did it,” Peavey said.
Defensively, the Mustangs made two stops, causing the Wildcats to turn the ball over on downs.  The Mustang D also had an opportunity to pick up three fumbles, but could not find the football quickly enough.
The Wheatridge Middle School seventh grade football team took on the Louisburg Middle School Wildcats in Louisburg.
The Mustangs came out strong scoring from 7-yards out on the second play, from Teven McKelvey, of the game. The rest of the first-half was all Louisburg.
The Wildcats lead 24-8 at halftime. However, the Wheatridge team showed great heart in the second half to stage a comeback. McKelvey scored on a 99-yard run in the third quarter, and ran the ball for 30 yards in the fourth quarter.
WMS’ defense made some huge hits, holding Louisburg on four downs, and receiving the ball late in the fourth quarter. With 1 minute, 55 seconds to play and no time-outs in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs drove the ball down to the 20-yard line before being tackled as the clock expired.
Wheatridge lost the game 30-22.
Next, the Mustangs will take on former teammates from across the tracks as they take on the Trail Ridge Huskies.   Seventh grade will play at home, and eighth grade will play at Trail Ridge Middle School.