Often playing against more experienced teams, the Moffat County High School junior varsity team put together a winning 4-3 record this season. On Saturday, in its final game of the year, MCHS did come up short dropping a 41-22 decision to the Hayden Tigers varsity team.
"We had a really good season and we put up a lot of points during the year," said coach Kip Hafey. "With our junior varsity team playing a varsity we scored 22 points. The kids picked up the new offense and it showed in a lot of games."
Hafey said the younger Bulldogs had their work cut out for them against the older Tigers.
"It was a varsity game for them and that's tough because those games mean everything to a 1A school because that's their varsity game," said Hafey. "They battled back and they came up short, but they did a good job."
The junior varsity team was young this year.
"The players that we worked with were a lot of sophomores," said coach Lance Scranton. "They picked up the new offense and in three games we had a lot of success.
"We scored 70 points in one game and 55 in the other and over 40 points in another," said Scranton. "In the last game of the year it was a little tougher because we had a lot of sophomores playing against a lot of seniors. That makes a difference."
Scranton believes the team improved in all positions.
"What we saw a lot of was the guys understanding the offense," said Scranton. "On defense we saw our linebackers really improve and our linemen are getting better. Our safeties are getting better at reading the quarterbacks and they are getting in pass coverage a lot quicker."
"A lot of the junior varsity kids are helping out the varsity team right now," said Hafey. "Every one of those kids are helping out by running the scout team and some of them come in and play on the varsity team."