June and football don't usually mix.
But don't tell that to the Moffat County High School football team.
More that 34 players returned from a camp in Wyoming this weekend at which they outshone many of the schools around the state, including going 9-0 in a pass/rush competition.
"The kids did really well," football head coach Kip Hafey said. "The kids took a big step this weekend toward going to the next level."
Moffat County's linemen competed in live pass/rushing drills in which different positions faced off in different scenarios. For example, the center and two offensive guards would go up against two defensive tackles for four seconds. If the defense reached a bag that represented the quarterback, the defense would get a point. If the offense held the defense off for four seconds, the offense would take the point.
A variety of match-ups of different positions made up the pass/rushing drills.
"We went 9-0 out of 16 teams," Hafey said.
Some of those teams included Grand Valley, Berthoud, Rock Springs, Columbine JV (5A), Pomona JV (5A), Grand View, Loveland JV (5A), Silver Creek, and Wheatland, Wyo.
"They were excited," Hafey said of his players. "They were pumped up."
Those who play in specialty positions, such as the linebackers, quarterbacks, corners, safeties and defensive ends, played in 7-on-7 competitions and they picked up four wins.
Those teams were Grand Valley, West Valley, Ala. (Fairbanks), Pomona (varsity, 5A), and Rocky Mountain (varsity, 5A).
"They finished in the top 10 out of 26 schools," the coach said.
Hafey pointed out that Moffat County was the fifth-smallest school at the camp, which was the first team camp Moffat County
"When I talked about this camp, they were excited," Hafey said. "Every senior went. That shows their commitment to take it to the next level."
Last year, the Moffat County football team made it to the state playoffs but was eliminated in the final 16.
Hafey introduced the platooning system to the team for the first time last year and said he will continue to use that system this year.
"Platooning gives the kids a chance to get on the varsity squad and that's encouraging them to go out and play for the team,"
Hafey said. "It makes it better for
the team and gives the kids