Bulldogs exorcise Demons
ong for the Bulldogs to reveal their intentions to the Demons. Kevin Voorhees returned the opening kick for a touchdown, but the score was negated by a clipping call. The Bulldogs came out throwing on the opening drive, but a Mike Charchalis pass was picked off and returned to the Moffat County 17-yard line. Though the Bulldogs stumbled a little in the early offense, it was clear they wanted to open things up against the Glenwood backfield.
"We knew that Glenwood's strength was in their defensive line, and our strength is in our skill players," said Bulldogs' head coach John Haddan. "So we thought we'd spread them out and attack their weakness in the backfield with our speed."
After the interception, the Moffat County defense stiffened and stuffed the Demons on a fourth-and-two attempt. From their the speed began to pay off.
Kevin Voorhees broke a 47-yard touchdown run on Moffat County's second possession, and there was no looking back. Two big runs right up the gut by Charchalis kept the drive going, and Voorhees just ran away from the defense.
Early in the game, the Bulldogs were explosive between the twenties, but had some trouble finding pay dirt. Chris Bergman caught a 65-yard pass that put the Bulldogs deep in Demon territory, but the Bulldogs failed to capitalize when a fourth-down pass sailed just the Voorhees' fingertips, and Glenwood took over on their own 11 yard line.
Later in the quarter, Bergman caught another 45-yarder to put the Bulldogs in business at the Demon five yard line. Again, the Bulldogs went for it on fourth down, and again the Demons shut them down. The score remained 6-0 at 11:03 in the first half.
The Bulldogs decided to skip the red-zone drama after that, and Nathan Browning hauled in a 31-yard scoring pass from Charchalis as time began winding down in the half. Charchalis hit Jeff Gaylord for the two-point conversion, and the Bulldogs were up 14-0 with 3:22 to go in the half.
The second half was all Bulldogs. Glenwood failed to move the ball on the opening possession of the half, and Voorhees took their punt back 55 yards for a score. Eric Bastow took the ball around the right end for the two-point conversion, and Moffat County was up 22-0 early in the second half.
The Demons managed one big play when Rob Cable turned a little swing pass into a 60-yard jaunt at 7:52 in the third quarter.
The Demons couldn't take the ball the rest of the way, though, and the Bulldogs took over on their own two yard line.
The Bulldogs combined solid defense and some more explosive offense to bury the Demons the rest of the way. Haddan began using a lot of his younger players in the fourth quarter, and they responded with some big plays of their own.
Haddan's plan to expose a weak secondary paid off as the Bulldogs rang up a 40-0 win over a reeling Demons' team.
"The kids just played hard the whole game," Haddan said. "Offense, defense and special teams all three parts of our game just came together for us."
Delta and Montezuma-Cortez are all that remains on the Bulldogs' schedule this season, and Haddan would like his team to finish strong.
"We just want the kids to keep playing with intensity," the coach said. "The seniors only have a couple of games left here, and I want them to stay focused and play hard the rest of the way."