California Middle School War Dogs recognized

First-year California Middle School War Dogs who were recognized at the CMS Football Banquet Nov. 28, front row, from left, are eighth graders Taylor Hampton, Nick Green, Logan Sperry and Matthew Brown; back row, seventh graders Dustin Ferguson, Johnathan Walker, Rick Worthey, Grant Hofstetter, Hunter Hess and Bryce Miller. At far right is CMS Football Coach Ed Ziegs.

First-year California Middle School War Dogs who were recognized at the CMS Football Banquet Nov. 28, front row, from left, are eighth graders Taylor Hampton, Nick Green, Logan Sperry and Matthew Brown; back row, seventh graders Dustin Ferguson, Johnathan Walker, Rick Worthey, Grant Hofstetter, Hunter Hess and Bryce Miller. At far right is CMS Football Coach Ed Ziegs. Photo by April Arnett.

The California Middle School War Dogs, an exclusive fraternal group of linemen (guards, tackles and centers) from the CMS football teams, was originally formed to recognize linemen who often don't get the credit they deserve.

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Second-year California Middle School War Dogs who were recognized at the CMS Football Banquet Nov. 28, shown with CMS Football Coach Ed Ziegs, from left, are eighth graders Garret Porter, Taylor Fast, Ziegs and Hunter Heimericks.

"Not even the coaches can wear the War Dog emblem," CMS Football Coach Ed Ziegs said. "It's just for them. In order to be eligible to become a War Dog, the football player has to play 20 quarters of offense as a seventh grader and a total of 30 quarters of offense by the end of his eighth grade year."

First-year and second-year CMS War Dogs were recognized at the CMS Football Banquet Nov. 28.

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