Eighth grade football team finishes undefeated campaign

Posted 10/15/20

The 2020 season marked Powell Middle School eighth-grade football players’ last year before they make the jump to the high-school realm, and it was a success by all measures.

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Eighth grade football team finishes undefeated campaign

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The 2020 season marked Powell Middle School eighth-grade football players’ last year before they make the jump to the high-school realm, and it was a success by all measures.

Powell finished the season 8-0, winning seven contests by double digits and earning the conference championship. The Cubs won six games by 25 or more points and never allowed more than eight points.

Head coach Bryan Bonander correlated this dominant season to the kids’ passion for the game.

“The team’s success can be attributed to the kid’s desire and passion to play the game of football,” Bonander said. “We had 37 players start out the season, which helped push each other to become better players. The kids were eager to learn and apply that knowledge onto the field each practice and into each game.”

The Cubs’ excelled on both sides of the ball in every game. Versatile skill players and strong linemen fueled the offense, and the defense displayed physicality throughout the season.

At quarterback, Powell rotated between two arms consistently: Keona Wisniewski and Dawson Griffin. Cody Seifert, Trevon Abraham, and Dusty Carter were the main contributors at running back, while Alex Jordan and Evan Whitlock stood out at receiver. Anchoring the line, Doug Bettger was a key contributor at center.

Defensively, one of the top moments was when Trevion Solberg recorded a pick six. The Cubs also showed prowess on special teams, converting on many PATs, with Kash Brazelton and Jordan Loera leading this group.

Two of Powell’s wins came against its arch rival, Cody. While the games against Cody were the Cubs’ closest games, they still escaped with victories, keeping Powell’s record unscathed.

This, along with keeping every opponent under double digits and seeing every player contribute throughout the year, is one of Bonander’s favorite moments from the season.

Middle school football is meant to give students experience playing competitive sports while preparing them for the next level. And Bonander thinks this successful season sets them up for success when they make that leap to high school.

“This year we had both great skill players and size which should bode well for the high school for years to come,” Bonander said.

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