Official games end for 'Dogs at UW football camp

The University of Wyoming football camp was all fun and games until the last day. Then teams started to keep score.

"Saturday is a big day for the teams," Moffat County coach Kip Hafey said. "That is when things become a bit more official."

The teams at the camp faced each other Wednesday through Friday, but it was on a play-by-play basis. The ball always was brought back to the same line of scrimmage after every play, and there were no official touchdowns.

Saturday, 40-yard fields were marked off, and real end zones were the destination of each offense.

The Bulldogs faced an all-star lineup in their three games. The first opponent was Elizabeth, a perennial playoff contender in Colorado's Class 3A. The next two games were against the top-two teams in Class 3A, Florence, the 2003 champion and 2004 runner-up, and Palisade, the 2003 runner-up and 2004 champion.

"You can't get any better competition than that," Hafey said. "The kids were pretty pumped."

The Bulldogs defeated Elizabet,h 21-7, in the first game.

It took overtime in the next two contests to decide a winner.

Against Florence, the Bulldogs gave up a score in overtime after going in tied, 16-16.

The blue and white had a similar fate against Palisade, losing in the extra period after being tied, 14-14.

"We were right there with the two best teams of the last two years," Hafey said. "We were one block or one step away from beating them both."

In the Palisade game, Moffat County was stopped short of the end zone by 1 foot.

"We need to keep in the weight room because that extra week of lifting could mean the difference in that one yard," the coach said.

Overall impressions for the coaching staff were that the lines on both sides of the ball are going to be a force. Hafey also was impressed with the way his running back situation seems to be turning out.

"We've got four backs who are varsity caliber," he said. "We can bang up the middle or speed to the corner, and having those options will be nice."

Saturday ended the official time that the 'Dogs will have together as a team until two-a-days in August. Hafey was hopeful that it wasn't the last time he would see his players until then.

"We'll have the weight room open," he said. "We'll also continue to get together for skill position players on Thursday nights."

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