The Powell Middle School seventh grade football team had a year to remember on the gridiron this season, finishing undefeated and winning the school’s first seventh grade conference title since …
The Powell Middle School seventh grade football team had a year to remember on the gridiron this season, finishing undefeated and winning the school’s first seventh grade conference title since 2019.
The Cubs finished with an impressive defensive record, which included two shutouts and three additional times holding teams under 10 points.
Powell moved through the season defeating Riverton 32-8, Laurel 14-0 and Sheridan 20-8 before giving up double-digit points for the first time against Worland with a 20-12 win.
That was followed by a 20-6 win over Cody, a battle against Lovell 36-20 before a 26-0 shutout of Lander wrapped up a 7-0 season.
“I felt like the team’s execution improved each week — especially blocking as a single unit,” coach Juston Carter said. “The athletes also started to trust one another which allowed the players to focus on their responsibilities, resulting in better teamwork.”
Carter said the team was full of standouts with too many to mention, but noted Ethan Ely was a strong quarterback and defensive end for the Cubs throughout the year.
He said that the backfield was composed of Trevin Morton, Forest Kleinfeldt, Justin Marquez and Russell Goolsbey.
He said Morton served as a big, strong back in a similar fashion to former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis — while also serving as a linebacker who liked to hit.
Owen Jones served as a strong receiving option on the team while serving as the opposite defensive end to Ely.
“The entire defense was a handful starting with the front four, followed up by some awesome linebacker play and blankets in the secondary,” Carter said.
He added that Isaiah Torres and Goolsbey had a few interceptions in the secondary.
Carter said that the team worked hard throughout the season, and noted in particular that Mason Cheatham and Lincoln Hull improved a ton by
He said the team made a ton of memories along the way such as beating Sheridan in addition to claiming the conference title, while Carter and his fellow coaching staff got to know the athletes throughout the season.
Carter said one of the most important lessons the team learned moving forward is that “the team is greater than any one individual and hard work pays off.”
He said that it couldn’t have done it without the support of his coaching staff, which includes Nick Fulton and Carson Kleinfeldt who both brought experience to help coach the team at a deeper level.