Bulldogs give rough welcome to Huskies

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AVON -- About the only disappointment for Moffat County High School senior Scott Garoutte after his team's 53-0 blow out of Battle Mountain was that he hasn't got to punt enough.

"I worked hard on my punting this summer," he said. "I want to have the numbers because I think I can be toward the top of the state in punting. So far, though, I haven't been needed."

Things went well when the only complaint that comes from a game is that the punter didn't get out there enough.

"And we would have gone for it, but our punt team needed some work," coach Kip Hafey said. "Not a bad problem to have."

The Bulldogs created many problems for the Huskies.

On the first drive of the game the only thing that was moving faster west than the Bulldog offense was the I-70 traffic that paralleled the stadium. The running show by Kellan Moore and Garoutte opened with six straight carries for 53 yards. A fumbled pass by senior Tyler Pike on the goal line stopped the drive.

Two plays later, the Bulldog defense forced the Huskies to cough it up, and after a brief intermission, the running show was back on.

The senior backs combined for 15 yards on four carries, and Moore finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown run.

"They didn't respect us at the beginning of the game because they were talking a lot," Garoutte said. "But we came out right away and welcomed them to the Western Slope Conference."

The only welcome that the Huskies felt was as if they were a welcome mat.

After a three-and-out for the Husky offense, Moore took the ball 47 yards on a counter into the end zone. With 4 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter Moffat was up 13-0.

"I think right away our kids were a little frazzled after they saw what they were up against," Battle Mountain coach Pat Engle said. "It's a learning process for us, and we had some hard lessons tonight."

The Bulldog defense didn't let up, forcing another three-and-out. The Blue and White took over on their 48-yard line with 1:30 left. Moore carried the ball twice for 26 yards between two incomplete passes. The quarter ended with a positive play for the Huskies when the Bulldogs fumbled and lost 14 yards.

In the second quarter the Bulldogs went to work on the passing game. In the first play of the quarter Moore caught a screen pass and took it 34 yards to the house. An extra point made it 20-0 with 11:23 to go in the quarter.

With the defense continuing to stuff the Huskies, the Bulldogs took to the air on offense. Quarterback Derek Duran was 4-of-7 in the second quarter and he connected twice with Pike for touchdowns of 12 and 45 yards.

"We saw some good things from both our passing game and running game," Hafey said. "Battle Mountain was a better team than we saw last week. I think we improved this week to make it look not that way."

The Huskies crested the 50-yard line for the first time with 1:02 remaining in the half but were unable to score. Moffat County went in at halftime up 33-0. Moore had rushed for 152 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns. Duran threw for 145 yards, connecting on six of 11 pass attempts.

When things didn't seem like they could get worse for the host team, they did in the third quarter.

On two consecutive drives the Huskies turned the ball over and the Bulldogs scored on the next play. The first score was on a 46-yard run from Garoutte. The second score was a 14-yard pass to junior Kevin Loughran, who had intercepted the ball the play before.

The JV squad added one more touchdown on a pass play in the quarter, and the score stayed at 53-0 through most of the fourth.

"We showed them who the best 'Dogs were in the conference," Garoutte said. "It was a fun game."

Possibly the hardest most of the 'Dogs worked Friday night was when they returned to their locker room only to have a bear chase after them. Yes, a real bear.

"Those guys might not have run any harder all night," Hafey said. "It was funny."

When the final numbers were tallied, the Bulldogs had accumulated 439 yards of total offense, 250 on the ground, 189 in the air. The defense held the Huskies to 112 yards and forced five turnovers.

The win improved the fifth-ranked Bulldogs to 2-0. Next up is another new team to the league, Eagle Valley. The Devils will come to Craig for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday.

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