Two months have gone by since the Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity football team has played, but players are still being recognized for their efforts.
Senior middle linebacker Kevin Field and senior defensive end Coalin Hume both earned Class 3A first team, all-state honors from the Rocky Mountain News. Senior running back and linebacker Frank Counts, senior offensive and defensive lineman Matt Johnston and junior wide receiver and defensive back Kevin Voorhees were named honorable mention.
"I was happy to make the team, because it was one of my goals this year," said Field, who led the team in tackles and was earlier named the team's defensive most valuable player. "All the hard work finally paid off at the end."
"It's a great honor for those kids to be named to the first team. They did a good job," said Bulldogs coach John Haddan. "All those kids that made that all-state list did a great job all year long."
According to Haddan, Hume and Field were both standout defensive players in the state.
"Hume led the state during the regular season with 14 sacks," said Haddan.
"Field was close to the top all year in tackles and Voorhees was one of the top receivers in the state."
Hume was shocked to learn he made the squad, because he only made all-conference honorable mention.
"I was real surprised when the paper came out that I made all-state," said Hume. "I made honorable mention all-conference; I thought that it was a real honor to receive the all-state team.
"It was nice to have two of us named to all-state. All the hard work that we did paid off."
Other Western Slope players who made the team were senior offensive lineman Zach Ahlberg of Delta, senior linebacker Alfonson Alfini of Rifle, and senior kick returner Evan Kennedy of Gunnison.
"It was pretty nice having Coalin and I make first team, because a lot of Western Slope guys don't get it," said Field.
Field, who is also on the wrestling team, believes he will able to prolong his football playing days in college
"I think that Colorado of School of Mines is going to give me a scholarship," said Field. "I go talk to them (today) and if I go I will probably play middle linebacker."
Hume also wrestles and qualified last summer for the National Rodeo High School Finals in Gillette, Wyo., in steer wrestling said is confident he will rodeo in college.
"I don't have any plans for football in college," said Hume. "I am hopefully going to a college in Alpine, Texas, on a rodeo scholarship."
Hume also competed in the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Year End Finals and finished in fifth place in steer wrestling.
He earned "Rookie of the Year" for his efforts.