Three Bulldogs All-State in football


The honors keep coming in for the 2004 Moffat County High School football team.

The Denver Post released its All-State football team Sunday and two Bulldogs earned first-team all-state honors, and one player was honorable mention.

Two weeks earlier, the Rocky Mountain News named two Bulldogs to the first team, one to the second team and two to honorable mention.

First-team honors for both papers were given to the top players in their positions in the state. Senior Michael Babb earned first-team honors from both papers. The 6-foot, 6-inch, 265-pound lineman was a first-team defensive lineman in both publications.

Senior Stetson Otero was named to the Rocky Mountain News first team on offense. Otero played some defense this season but was recognized mostly for his offensive line play. The O-line doesn't usually receive accolades for statistics, but the offensive numbers for the Bulldogs point to the line anchored by Otero and Babb. Behind the offensive line, the offense accrued the most yards of any team in Class 3A this season. Junior quarterback Derek Duran was sacked just five times in 182 pass plays. The running backs were tackled for a loss 37 of 521 times. Otero also was named as an honorable mention all-state player by the Post.

Senior Scott Garoutte earned first-team honors from the Post as a linebacker. The senior led the team in tackles and had three sacks during the season. The three-time all-Western Slope League linebacker came on in the middle of his sophomore year and has anchored the Bulldog linebackers since then. He also punted for the team and was the second-leading rusher as a fullback. Garoutte was given second-team honors by the Rocky Mountain News.

Garoutte and Babb will play this summer in the Colorado All-State football game, a showcase for the best senior football players in the state.

The News also named junior quarterback Derek Duran and senior running back Kellan Moore to the honorable mention team.

Other honors given to members of the 2004 football team were honorable mention all-league honors for senior Daniel Tague, senior Tyler Pike, senior Jared Lowther and junior Kevin Loughran.

The News also named senior Brandie Telfer to the honorable mention volleyball team. The girls' cross-country team had two all-state runners in seniors Amelia Parker and Emily Sperl.

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