Arguably, some of the hardest workers in Moffat County's 42-0 win over Rawlins, Wyo. were the Bulldog cheerleaders.
After each Bulldog score, the cheer squad did push-ups to represent the number of points its team had on the board. At the end of the night members of the squad had pumped their way through 147 push-ups.
"It's great that they did so well," said senior cheerleader Amy Dorsett. "But we're gonna have to figure out a push up relay team or something if they keep scoring that many points."
The Bulldog football players started the need for post-touchdown push- ups on their first drive. After a 20-yard punt by the Outlaws, senior Eric Bastow had a 23-yard run on the outside, moving the ball inside the 10-yard line. Junior quarterback Aaron Sanchez finished the drive off with a QB keeper into the end zone with 8:30 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldog defense held the Outlaws after the opening touchdown and after a Moffat County sack and an Outlaw penalty, the visitor's punter was in the back of his end zone for a punt. The kick was partially blocked into the arms of junior Scott Garoutte, who ran the kick through six would-be tacklers and dove into the end zone for his first varsity touchdown. After the extra point was blocked, the score stood at 13-0 with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
The first quarter ended with a
13-0 score and without the
Outlaws gaining a first down on offense.
"We weren't going to lose our home opener," said senior defensive back Danny Torgerson, who had two interceptions on the night. "The 9-5-9 attack was in full affect tonight and we gained some confidence for our league play."
Penalties kept the Bulldogs from breaking open the game even more in the first half. A half-back pass from senior Joe Padon to senior wide receiver Skowronski that went for 50-yards as well as a punt return for a TD by Padon were both called back by penalties.
"The penalties did cost us some big plays," head coach Kip Hafey said. "But even with the flags, we were able to comeback from the penalties and score."
The Bulldog's third touchdown came two plays after Padon's negated punt return. Padon started the drive with a 45-yard gain, which made up for the called-back punt return. His backfield partner, Bastow, finished off the drive with an 18-yard run and then a 2-yard lunge into the end zone.
With 9:22 left in the first half, the scoreboard read 21-0, Bulldogs.
A minute after Bastow's score, the Bulldogs made the Outlaws' night more frustrating with an interception by junior Kelvin Grinolds. Padon broke three tackles on his way to a 22-yard touchdown run and gave Moffat County a 28-0 lead with 8:31 left in the first half.
"Our offensive line was driving off the line like a train tonight," Sanchez said. "If you couldn't see the holes, you were blind."
After another three-and-out for the Outlaws, the o-line broke open another big hole for Bastow on the first play from scrimmage. The running back ran for a 55-yard touchdown to run the score up to 35-0, making the home cheerleaders as well as the Outlaws wish they were at a different game.
"We just didn't have the power, strength or speed of this team," said Rawlins head coach Ted Schulz. "This is a much-improved Moffat County team from the Green River tape."
With a 35-0 lead at half time, Hafey said he asked one thing of his offense.
"We told the first team offense we needed to go for the jugular and score one more," he said. "We knew that's what it would take to put the game out of reach."
Despite four penalties on the first drive, the Bulldog offense completed the mission given by its coach.
Sanchez capped off the five-minute, 75-yard, drive with a pitch to Padon, who ran it into the end zone for the 41-0 lead. The extra point made it 42-0 and with 8:52 left in the third quarter, the second team offense was sent in for the remainder of the game.
"We were able to get everyone in on offense, including some freshmen," Hafey said. "It was good to see that the second team drove the ball several times and held their own."
The Bulldog defense forced four turnovers in the second half and kept the Outlaws out of the end zone, an area the Rawlins team hasn't seen this year, having been shut out in all three games 67-0, 68-0 and 42-0 it has played this season.
"We held them under 100 yards both in passing and running," Hafey said. "The defense was ready to play tonight."
The game concluded the Bulldogs "pre-season" and league play
begins next week with the homecoming game against Glenwood
"We can enjoy this win over the weekend," Hafey said.
"But come Monday we'll be back on the field getting ready for a big match against Glenwood."