The Grand County Middle School Thunderbirds football team defeated Monument Valley 66-0 on Thursday, Sept. 20, to pick up its third win of the season, all of which have been shutouts. The Thunderbirds also beat Monticello, 50-0, and Whitehorse 54-0 earlier in the season.

On Thursday, the Thunderbirds almost reached the 50-point mark in the first quarter, scoring 47 points, barraging the opposition in a variety of ways, including an interception and a successful onside kick.

From there, the Red Devils coasted to victory, scoring once in each of the next three quarters for a 66-0 final. Brayden Castor had four rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown to lead the charge.

The Thunderbirds next play Mont Harmon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., in Price, where they hope to carry their momentum toward another win, coach Scott Palmer said. Palmer said his goals for the team are to go undefeated and for every eighth-grader to move on to play high school football. To that end, he said that he and his staff are focused on coaching fundamentals and instilling a love for the game, as well as coordinating with the high school coaching staff.

“I work with (Grand County High School football coach Dennis Wells) weekly about primarily getting the kids to move to the next level,” he said. “These kids are ready for the jump in my opinion. They are disciplined, hard-working, and have been very coachable this season.”

Middle-schoolers third straight shutout to begin season