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Undefeated on the gridiron

November 17, 2010 - Oxford Middle School can proudly proclaim that it has three teams finish without a loss during the fall season.

In addition to the seventh grade girls basketball team, who went 12-0, the eighth and seventh grade football teams each went 6-0 and captured league titles.

Eighth grade coach Steve Ruch thought that it was a tremendous accomplishment.

"The kids worked hard all year," he said. "This is a very talented group of kids and I think you will see that in coming years when they move up to the high school."

Players on the eighth grade team are not accustomed to losing because this was the second straight year they finished the season with a perfect record.

For Ruch, the biggest challenge for the boys was adjusting to a new league with teams from Lake Orion, Avondale, Clarkston and Pontiac.

"We didn't really know to much about the teams that we were playing...and not knowing a whole lot about those teams certainly made it more difficult to prepare the kids every week," Ruch said.

The offense was lead by Chase Lalla, Glacier Wallington and Scott Stubenrauch, while the defensive leaders were Scott Randell, Collin Campbell and Anthony Moore.

"The biggest thing they brought was the desire to play football," Ruch said. "They had fun with it, and because of that it was contagious with the other kids."

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Seventh grade coach Brian Cisneros said that it was a total team effort to stay undefeated throughout the entire season.

The strength of the team was its offensive play, lead by quarterback Brenden Lewis and running backs John Patrick and Anson Rowley.

"Offensively we did pretty well," Cisneros said. "I think our defense came together at the end of the season and we almost shut out Lake Orion in our last game."

Cisneros said going undefeated was something they set out to do at the beginning of the season. "We knew we were going into a new league and we would have tougher competition."

However, that was the goal of the players from the very beginning.

"That is what the kids wanted," he said. "We talked about it before the season and their goal was to go undefeated. We looked back at it after each game and said there is one step closer towards the goal."

Andrew Moser is a staff writer for the Oxford Leader.
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