Cowboys branded 48-0 by Bulldogs

The Moffat County High School junior varsity team closed out its home season with a bang Monday by whipping the Rawlins, Wyo., Outlaws, 48-0, at the high school field.

The Bulldogs improved their record to 5-1 on the year.

"Everybody had a good game today from our left tackle to our running backs. Everybody wanted to get at Rawlins," said coach Ron Linsacum. "Last year, we played Rawlins and lost both games.

"The last time we played the Outlaws it was kind of ugly. These kids wanted a piece of Rawlins and I think they got it."

In the contest, MCHS got on the scoreboard late in the first quarter when quarterback Mike Charchalis ran in from 20 yards out to make it a 6-0 game.

The Bulldogs went for two points after scoring all game and missed the first four attempts.

In the second quarter, Charchalis hit tight end Parker Moore for a 25-yard touchdown pass to increase the Bulldogs lead, 12-0.

Four minutes later, MCHS found the end zone once again when Charchalis threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mark Hastings and boosting the lead, 18-0.

"I think that there is a real advantage of having a left-handed quarterback in Charchalis," said Linsacum. "Mike is a great athlete. He is a competitor. We have great receivers in John Counts, Mark Hastings and we were very happy with the way they played."

With 36 seconds left in the half, Charchalis found wide reciever John Counts from 45 yards out and the Bulldogs took a comanding 24-0 lead into halftime.

"Our passing game is finally starting to work," said Charchalis. "It didn't work at the start of the year, but now we are getting everything to click and it's looking good. I am happy with it."

In the second half, the Bulldogs didn't give any ground.

The Outlaws ran a few plays from scrimmage before their quarterback fumbled the ball and Bulldogs defensive end Ryan Linsacum returned the ball 70 yards for a score.

The Bulldogs converted its first two-point conversion of the game when slot back Drew Morris ran it in, putting the game out of reach, 32-0.

"We played pretty good today," said Charchalis. "We came out in the second half thinking we had the game won. We got going again and we kept with it and scored some more points."

The Bulldogs next play at 5 p.m. Monday on the road against Steamboat Springs.

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