First all-conference, now all state awards have been given to the Moffat County High School football team.
The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post have each released their All-State football lists and the Bulldogs had four players honored.
"As our program continues to improve, we expect the higher levels of success will lead to awards," coach Kip Hafey said. "Four is the most I think we've had in a while."
The Rocky Mountain News awarded gridiron greats with first-team, second-team and honorable mention honors. Senior defensive lineman Nick Goodenow was on the second team for his efforts this season. Even after missing two games with a leg injury toward the end of the season, Goodenow led the teams in sacks and finished in the top five in the state.
Honorable mention honors were given to senior linebacker Shea Carr and senior running back/quarterback Aaron Sanchez. Carr was the captain of the defense and played through the playoffs with a shoulder injury. He led the team in tackles and was looked to as a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. Sanchez had more than 1,800 all-purpose yards this year and carried the Bulldog offense in several games.
"Each of these guys should be proud of their accomplishments," Hafey said. "They can all play at the next level if they want to pursue it."
The Denver Post named a first team and honorable mention team. Goodenow and junior Scott Garoutte were named to the honorable mention team. Garoutte will be one of the top returning defensive players in the Western Slope Conference next year if not the state. He was second on the team in tackles and his 102-yard interception return for a touchdown against Rifle was one of the longest in Colorado State High School history.
"For Scott to be honored as a junior it gives him a lot to shoot for next year," Hafey said.
The second-year coach said that he hoped the honors would continue the increase along with expectations for Moffat County football.
"Each year we want to raise the bar," he said. "It used to be that it was an honor to be an all-conference player now the all-state level is attainable for our team.
"It's all part of expecting a bit more from our team each year."
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