WSC fares well in first round, Florence next foe for Bulldogs

The Moffat County High School football team's 25-0 win against Berthoud in the first round of the playoffs followed the trend of sizable wins around Class 3A.

Of the eight games played, only two had a final score within 15 points. That was Steamboat Springs' 13-10 win against Sterling and Pueblo County's 22-9 against Englewood. Moffat County and Pueblo County were the only two lower seeds to win. In other games, top seed Mountain View continued its season dominance with a 56-21 win against Mountain Vista. Palisade took revenge on Rifle, the only team to beat the Bulldogs this season with a 34-15 win. Fountain-Fort Carson earned a 27-6 win over Elizabeth and D'Evelyn took a 35-3 victory against Alamosa. Finally, Florence scored 35 points in the second quarter to open up its bid to repeat as state champions with a 63-26 win against Skyview.

In the first round, the winning conferences were the Western Slope with Palisade, Moffat County and Steamboat Springs moving on and the Southern Conference with three winners, Pueblo County, Fnt.-Ft. Carson and Florence. The Tri-Valley and Metro conferences, which started with a combined total of eight teams, now have two left. The top seeds from each league, Mountain View of the Tri Valley and D'Evelyn of the Metro, remain.

Both Steamboat Springs and Palisade won coin flips to host in the second round and the Sailors have D'Evelyn while the Bulldogs host Fnt.-Ft. Carson.

Next up for Moffat County, 8-3, is the defending state champion Florence, 9-2. Since Florence hosted in the first round and the Bulldogs didn't, the Huskies get to make the 320-mile trip to Moffat County High School stadium for the Saturday showdown.

Florence's offense has scored an average of 39.2 points in its last 10 games. Those numbers come with nine of the games against the traditionally tough Southern Conference, which has produced the last four state champions. The Huskies' ground attack has produced three 900-plus runners. Led by running back Ty Buderus' 1,179 yards, quarterback Justin Young has 930 yards and running back Matt Ortiz has gained 908 yards this season.

With its third shutout of the season, the Bulldogs' defense improved its point-per-game average to 10.6 in its last 10 games. Montezuma-Cortez and Green River, Wyo., were the only teams to score above their season averages against the Bulldogs this season.

The state-quarterfinal game will start at 1 p.m. Saturday.


David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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