Are you ready for some football?

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From the lyrics of Hank Williams Jr.: "Are you ready for some football?"

It's time for the 'Dogs to play some football.

The way the schedule worked out, the first five games were no more than a preseason warm-up.

The undefeated and either third-or fourth-ranked -- depending on which poll you check -- football team in Class 3A has no more games that will be finished by halftime.

All five of the final regular season opponents for the blue and white have been ranked in 3A's top 10 at one point this season. Their combined records are 19-6.

In comparison, Moffat County's first five opponents -- whom the Bulldogs outscored 254 to 47 -- have struggled to a cumulative 5-22 record.

The Bulldogs are talking about how this is the year. It's a year that they hope will conclude with them lifting a state trophy above their heads. In the next month, we will have a better idea of how realistic it might be.

On Friday, the Bulldogs will face Glenwood, a team that stopped offensive giants Rifle and Palisade in its previous two games. Palisade averaged 41 points per game this season in the four games that weren't against Glenwood.

Without all-state tailback Kyle Britton, Palisade was able only to score 14 against the Demons.

Rifle averaged 36 points a game before scoring two touchdowns in a loss to Glenwood.

The Demons moved into the polls this week after beating Rifle for the first time in 14 years. The team has the community excited and the ranking was important enough for the Glenwood Post Independent to write a story about it.

Glenwood isn't the only team to receive local attention for its good start. The Cortez Journal raved about the 5-0 start of the Montezuma Cortez Panthers. The team's record is the best since a 6-0 start in 1985.

In Tuesday's Journal, Jim Thomas wrote that a win against Delta on Friday "should be enough to secure a post-season playoff spot." That might be a little presumptuous, considering that the Panthers have benefited from an easy early Western Slope Conference schedule. They have played Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Steamboat Springs, teams that are 1-10 in the Western Slope League.

Four playoff spots are reserved for the WSC this year, and halfway through the season it appears as if five teams are capable of post-season play. That will be the case if Palisade is cleared today in a hearing before the Colorado State High School Activities Association. Palisade still is on probation from using an ineligible player last year. The initial ruling was that the defending state champs would not be playoff eligible this year. The hearing today will decide whether the probation remains. If CSHAA sticks to its ruling, Palisade no longer will be a factor in the playoff picture.

With or without Palisade in the playoffs, the next five games for Moffat County should be thrillers.

Moffat County's offense is in the top 10 in passing and rushing in the state. The 'Dogs have averaged 50 points per game. The Glenwood matchup should test those numbers.

Palisade (Oct.15 at Craig) is ranked first and always finds a way to win -- remember last year's game in Craig?

Rifle (Oct. 22 at Rifle) is supposed to match Moffat County's size. The loss to Glenwood might be deceiving.

Pueblo West (Oct. 29 at Pueblo) is a long road trip against an unknown team.

The final regular-season game (Nov. 5 at Craig) against the other MCHS on the Western Slope should be a good one because of how improved the Panthers appear to be.

If ever there were a time to jump on the bandwagon, it would be now.

If the MoCo Bulldogs are as good as people think, there is a lot of exciting football ahead that Hank Williams Jr. would be proud to sing about.

I also would assume the Bulldogs wouldn't mind having all of their rowdy friends over on Friday nights.

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