Bulldogs want to get back on track

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It's time to get back on the winning track.

After dropping two conference games, the Moffat County High School varsity football team wants a win on the road against the Steamboat Springs Sailors. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m Friday at Gardner Field.

The Bulldogs head into the game with a 2-4 overall record and stand at 1-2 in league play. The Sailors are 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in conference.

"It's always fun playing Steamboat Springs," said Bulldogs coach John Haddan. "We always look toward that game as the big game of the season."

In the Western Slope Conference Standings, Rifle and Delta are in first place with 3-0 records.

Steamboat Springs is tied with Gunnison at 2-1 and the Bulldogs are even with Glenwood Springs at 1-2.

Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley round out the league with 0-3 records.

"Every game is a critical game for us as far as the league standings," said Haddan. "We need to go down to Steamboat Springs and win."

To get a win, Haddan said the Bulldogs will have to eliminate turnovers and work on getting better field position.

According to Haddan, the Sailors are solid on offense.

"Steamboat Springs has a real high-powered offense this year," said Haddan. "They have a couple of good running backs and a good quarterback. We expect them to come out firing on all cylinders."

Last week on offense the Bulldogs finished with 378 yards against the Rifle Bears. Quarterback Jeff Gaylord, a junior, completed 18 of 32 passes for 311 yards.

"Our offense accumulated a lot of yards last week and we hope to continue that," said Haddan. "We need to continue to have a couple of kids step up on offense and have big games."

"This week is a big game for us and we just need to play hard," said Gaylord. "We need to execute our offense in the red zone.

"We changed our offense a little bit and we have been working hard during practice. We had a lot of yards last week. We just didn't have the points, and that happens."

A week ago, the Sailors fell to the Gunnison Cowboys, 42-24, and coach Mark Drake was frustrated.

"Last week was a big disappointment because we didn't play very well," said Drake. "We had a lot of turnovers and you can't play a team and have six turnovers and expect to win. This week we have been concentrating on keeping our turnovers down."

"It's one of those games were it's a big rivalry with Moffat County," said Drake. "The Bulldogs have a good program. No matter what the records are it's going to be a good ballgame."

The Sailors will go into the game with the Bulldogs shorthanded.

"Our team is pretty much dominated by juniors," said Drake. "We will have a bunch of sophomores playing.

"Right now we have five players that started for us that will be out in the Friday game due to injuries."

Drake said his defense can't yield many points against the Bulldogs.

"We will have to play much better defense against the Bulldogs," said Drake. "We have had a lot of turnovers the last two games and we will need to play smart football."

Drake is expecting a large crowd.

"I would assume that there would be a pretty good crowd," said Drake. "Moffat County always has a great following from their community and hopefully we will have a big turnout as well."

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