The Uintah Utes scored early and often against the Moffat County High School junior varsity football team, downing the Bulldogs in the regular season opener, 52-7, Thursday at Craig Middle School field.
In the contest, the Utes, from Vernal, Utah, scored two touchdowns in each of the first and second quarters to build a commanding 28-0 lead.
"Uintah is a good football team," said coach Kip Hafey. "The kids played hard. We had 25 sophomores and juniors on the team going against a team that has 130 kids out for football in the four grades. It's a big school, but we played them tough in the second half."
Late in the second quarter, the Bulldogs put points on the scoreboard when sophomore running back Chris Field went in from the 1-yard line with 1 minute and 15 seconds left in the half. Field kicked the extra point to make the score 28-7.
The Utes answered the challenge by scoring a touchdown to go into the break with a 34-7 advantage.
"The kids did a good job on the touchdown drive," said Hafey. "They had some moments where they had some points where they shined. We need to build on those points."
The Utes didn't let up in the second half, running back the opening kickoff 70 yards for a score to put the game out of reach.
"In the second half we didn't give up too many points," said Hafey. "The kids learned a lot from the game. We are going to learn from it and be better for the next game."
The Bulldogs are next in action at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the high school field against the Rifle junior varsity team.
"The Rifle junior varsity team is always tough," said Hafey. "It will be a good game for us."