The stats from Friday's football match-up between the Moffat County Bulldogs and the Cedaredge Bruins tell one story, while the final score tells a different tale.
The Bulldogs rolled over the Bruin defense for 360 totals yards in offense, they had the ball for 29 minutes compared to 18 for the home team and the boys in blue held 1,500-yard rusher Kurt Kissner and the Bruin offense to 21 points. Regularly those numbers would lead to a win, but when the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard Friday it read 28-19 in favor of Cedaredge.
"We had good numbers and played good ball but we let it slip away," said head coach Kip Hafey. "A few big plays on their part and a few penalties by us and we lose a game we were in control of for most of the time."
During the first half, the Bulldog wishbone offense was cutting through the Bruin defense like a shark through water.
"They moved the ball like we weren't even there the first couple of drives," said Cedaredge coach Carl Rice. "Our defensive coordinator was having nightmares the first half trying to figure out how to stop the wishbone option."
If the Bulldogs were like sharks through water, junior quarterback Aaron Sanchez was a great white, as he scrambled for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Senior Joe Padon carried the ball for more than 70 yards and two touchdowns and senior Eric Bastow drew much of the blocking duties from the back field.
"We drove the ball like crazy on them," said senior offensive lineman Trevor Sloan. "We just made a couple of mental errors that cost us the game."
The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 19-15 lead and some regained confidence after a lopsided loss to Green River the previous week.
In the third quarter both defenses started to figure out the opposing team's offense.
"They had an offense we weren't used to seeing," said senior defensive lineman Jerry Davis. "The line was shifting all over the place and they were throwing a lot of fakes at us. It took a while to figure out what was going on."
In the third quarter and deep into the fourth quarter, the teams were held scoreless. The Bruins took the lead with less than two minutes left in the game with a score of 22-19.
On the ensuing drive, the Bulldogs were hit with a 30-yard loss that broke their chances to score the go-ahead score.
After taking the ball over on downs, the Bruins just had to run the clock down. But on fourth and a foot, Kissner broke through the initial line and signified it was time to start the Moffat County bus because, with 30 seconds left and a 28-19 lead, the game was over.
The Bulldogs gave it one more valiant effort and drove the ball to the Cedaredge 8-yard line as time ran out.
"There was a feeling of disappointment in the locker room because we lost," Hafey said. "But we knew a lot of good things happened during the game and that we are starting to put it together."
"Hats off to Moffat County," Rice said. "They played us extremely tough and I would almost put money on it that they are going to get some big wins in their league."
The Bulldogs have one more non-league game, but that doesn't mean they won't be pumped to show off their pride and perfection for the home crowd for the first time this season. The will face off against Rawlins, Wyo. at 7 p.m. Friday.