Good high school football teams win games at home. Championship football teams win on the road.
The Moffat County High School varsity football team earned its first road and conference win, 40-6, against the Eagle Valley Devils Friday night to improve to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play. The Devils dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
"We were glad to get the first league win," said coach John Haddan. "We went down and flew around pretty good. We still have some areas where we need to improve on. We need to execute better and reduce the number of penalties that we have."
In the ballgame, the Bulldogs stopped the Devils in a three-and-out series and then MCHS scored a touchdown on their first offensive play. Running back Dylan Schopper, a junior, ran it in from 54 yards with 11 minutes and 6 seconds on the clock to make it a 6-0 game. At the 7:17 minute mark of the first quarter, MCHS made it 12-0 when quarterback Jeff Gaylord hit fellow junior and wide receiver Kevin Voorhees for a 44-yard touchdown pass.
"We jumped out to a 12-0 lead after that I think the kids kind of got a little out of focus and we ended up with a few penalties," said Haddan.
The Devils scored their lone touchdown of the game after their quarterback sneaked in from the 1-yard line with three minutes left in the first half. Eagle Valley went for two and it worked to cut the score to 12-8.
The Bulldogs finished the first half scoring when Gaylord hit Voorhees for a 30-yard touchdown strike. MCHS went into the break with a 20-8 lead.
In the third quarter, the Bulldogs continued to pour things on as Gaylord ran it in from 33 yards out, making the score 26-8.
In the fourth quarter, Frank Counts, a senior, found the end zone from 30-yards out. His scamper put the Bulldogs out in front, 32-8. Nathan Browning, a junior, finished the scoring by rumbling in from 50-yards out.
MCHS will next be in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road when they battle Delta.
"Going down to Delta is always fun," said Haddan. "Delta is always a good football team and they are always toward the top in the conference. They have a winning tradition down there and so it should be a big game."