A quick start helped the Moffat County High School varsity football team win its second game in a row Friday night against the Glenwood Springs Demons.
The Bulldogs scored 21 points in the first period to cruise to a 42-20 victory. MCHS moved to 4-4 on the year and 3-2 in league play. Glenwood Springs dropped to 1-7 on the season and 1-4 in conference.
"We came out in the first quarter and played really well," said Bulldogs coach John Haddan. "We had a big let down in the second quarter. We had too many penalties, but the kids came around in the second half and played hard."
In the first quarter Bulldogs quarterback Jeff Gaylord, a junior, put the Bulldogs in front when he ran in from the 7-yard line. Bulldogs kicker Chris Field, a sophomore, nailed the extra point. Field was four of five on the night in extra points.
On the ensuing kickoff the Bulldogs recovered a fumble at the Demons' 17-yard line and four plays later running back Frank Counts, a senior, ran in from the 8-yard line for a 13-0 lead. Field was good on the extra point kick.
With two minutes left in the period, Bulldogs running back Jeremiah Noland, a senior, found the end zone from two yards out and Field hit his third extra point. The points gave MCHS a commanding 21-0 lead.
"We have been fighting field position all year," said Haddan. "We had good field position in the first quarter and our offense was working really well and things were clicking."
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs continued to light up the scoreboard when Gaylord hit wide receiver Eric Duran, a senior, for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs were in front 27-0 after a missed extra point kick with nine minutes left.
"We stepped up our play in the first quarter and we held them to nothing and that's what our plan was," said senior linebacker Kevin Field. "We did give up a couple of points in the second half, but that happens."
The Demons scored a touchdown before halftime when running back Jacob Benson, a junior, ran in from 25-yards.
A host of Bulldogs blocked the extra point kick, making halftime score 27-6.
In the third quarter, Benson rumbled in from 80-yards, cutting the score to 27-13 with three minutes left in the period.
In the fourth period at the 8:18 mark, Counts scored his second touchdown to boost the Bulldogs lead, 33-13, and nailing the coffin shut. Counts ran in for two points on the conversion for a 35-13 lead.
Counts closed the Bulldogs scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run with four minutes left to play. Field hit his fourth extra point kick for a 42-13 lead.
The Demons scored late in the game against the Bulldogs junior varsity players to finish the scoring, 42-20.
Offensively the Bulldogs finished with 474 total yards. Gaylord was 13 of 20 with 246 yards passing.
Wide receiver Kevin Voorhees, a junior, finished with six catches for 92 yards and Duran had four catches for 116 yards. On the ground, Counts paced the team with 84 yards, Noland finished with 60 yards.
"I just think that we played hard and we scored the points when we needed them," said Gaylord. We were scoring in the red zone tonight and that's big. We got great field position every drive and good punt returns helped us out a lot."
Field finished with 13 tackles and Counts ended up with nine tackles.
"Glenwood Springs was pretty tough," said Field. "They were blocking good and I couldn't get through on my blitzes. Overall, they just played a good game."
In other league games Rifle beat Delta, 28-14, Steamboat Springs blanked Battle Mountain, 44-0, and the Gunnison Cowboys downed Eagle Valley, 41-25.
The Bulldogs will look to win three in a row at noon Saturday when the Gunnison Cowboys come to town for another league game.
"Every game is big for us," said Haddan. "We need to win every game to go to the playoffs. These kids know what they have to do and they have been working hard. We just need to continue to play well."