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Rams dominate the second half in 27-7 win over Culver, which capped the Bulldogs' short season

COURTESY GRAPHIC  - Culver finishes football season 1-4The Culver High School football team played one of their best games of the year on Thursday, but still fell 27-7 to the Regis Rams.

With the victory, the Rams finished in a tie for first place in Special District 2 with a 3-1 league record and a 4-1 overall mark, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-3 in league and 1-4 overall. Culver played all but one game on the road.

However, Culver head coach Shea Little was much less concerned with the final score than with how his team played.

"It was 14-7 at the half and our kids played out of their minds," Little said. "Our focus was to ask them to step up. We challenged them, and I think it was the best game that our seniors played."

Culver's lone touchdown was scored on a pass from Logan Macy to Anthony Hood. Hood started the year as the team's starting quarterback but missed the two previous games due to a family vacation. Hood stepped back into the starting quarterback position for the Regis game, but according to Little, looked a little rusty.

"After a couple of series, we pulled him out and put Logan (who had started the two previous games) in and moved Anthony out to wide receiver, and he did a great job out there. Macy will definitely be the kid at quarterback next year."

Hood is a senior, while Macy is just a sophomore.

As Culver has done all season, they put their JV team in the game for the entire third quarter and a piece of the fourth.

"They played awesome," Little said of his JV players. "Regis kept their starters in all but the last few minutes, so it was a great game. The kids came through with all of the things we wanted them to do, so we are happy.

Little has made it clear all year that the first half of games were to make memories for the seniors and to try to win, but that the team is using the second half to develop players for future seasons. With most teams in the state unable to field JV teams this year, the only way to get player development is to give players playing time.

"I think our coaching staff had a great philosophy on developing the kids while at the same time giving the seniors the opportunity to get out there and play football and create those memories from their senior year," Little said. "I think we were one of only a few staffs in 2A that did that. The kids, the parents, the school and the community all adopted the same philosophy, and our team really focused on the development aspect, and it ended up being a really fun season."

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