(Herald photos by Candie Fix)
Haxtun Bulldog football team members are pictured after clinching the 2021 8-Man State Championship Title, front row (l-r), Avian Calderon, Luke Gales, Zach Fryrear, Braden Plumb, Ashton Ayala, Owen Knode, Michael Gerk, Isaac Andersen, David Avery, Carter Lock and Zach Statz; second row (l-r), Alex Farrell, Grant Statz, Mason Bornhoft, Gehrig Thompson, Kyle Fryrear, Kailin Kelley, Osman Coss, Coleman Firme, Chase Goddard and Assistant Coach Garrick Biesemeier; third row (l-r), Doctor Lila Statz, Assistant Coach Andy Wernsman, Kristopher Hadeen, Kaiden Schelling, Gage Helgoth, Ryland Wolff, Bret Kanode, Keegan Colglazier, Kash Workman, Asher Wright, Victor Knapp, Corbin Andersen and Jaxsen Schram; back row (l-r), Tate Michael, Assistant Coach Dave Shafer, Jake Tori, Maclin Tempel, Assistant Coach Marc Bornhoft, Brock Miller, Ryan Davis, Assistant Coach Kyle Wilson, Assistant Coach Cameron Ham and Head Coach JD Stone.
There is one common theme mentioned over and over again with this year's Bulldog football team and that theme is family. On Friday night, under the lights at CSU Pueblo's Thunderbowl, that football family made Haxtun history as the Fightin' Bulldogs clinched the school's eighth State Championship. And for the first time in Haxtun history, the Bulldog football program finished with an impressive, 13-0 perfect season.
After claiming the Plains League Championship, a feat all on its own, the Bulldogs went to work in the post-season, week by week advancing one step further in the 16-team b...