A 27-point halftime lead might sound like a football coach's dream, but it wasn't quite perfect for Moffat County's Kip Hafey.
After railroading their first two opponents and holding two teams scoreless, the Bulldogs gave up their first touchdown and sank below their potential for a few minutes in the first half of Friday night's game.
"If you look at the second quarter, we're seven, they're six," Hafey said. "We were really flat."
Hafey said the Bulldogs redeemed themselves in the second half and played like they know how to play. They sent the Eagle Valley Devils home nursing a 60-6 defeat.
Moffat County has scored 168 points in three games this season, holding their opponents to just one touchdown.
The Bulldogs racked up 509 yards of total offense, compared to Eagle Valley's 118.
Junior quarterback Derek Duran threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns. In the first quarter, Duran threw a 27-yard pass to senior Tyler Pike. Minutes later, Duran passed to senior Jared Lowther for a 25-yard touchdown.
"The line is giving me a ton of time. I'm not getting rushed at all," Duran said. "The receivers on both sides of the field are running great routes. They're making it easy for me."
Senior running back Kellan Moore ran the ball 19 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard sprint down the sideline in the fourth quarter.
Hafey called his team's effort a balanced attack.
"We had a great goal-line stand in the third quarter," Hafey said.
The Bulldogs stuffed the Devils offense twice only feet from the goal line. On third down and goal, the Bulldog defense pushed Eagle Valley back three yards and then finished the series by sacking the quarterback for a 10-yard loss on fourth down.
Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said the attack could land the Bulldogs a league championship.
Ramunno said he was impressed by Moffat County's passing game and its long completions down both sidelines.
"I didn't think they'd throw as deep and as successfully as they did," Ramunno said. "We have two defensive backs who are state champions in track, and they both got burned."
But Ramunno pointed to fundamental lapses that left the Devils no chance to compete. Eagle Valley turned the ball over seven times.
The Devils fumbled the opening kickoff, which set up Senior Scott Garoutte for the game's first score. Again in the first half, Garoutte ran the ball in after a Devils fumble.
"If you make those kinds of mistakes, there's no way you have a chance to be competitive against a team like Moffat County."