Disciplined Devils next for football

Disciplined is not a word Moffat County coach Kip Hafey would use quite yet for his slightly inexperienced varsity football team. But it is a word he uses when describing tonight's opponent, Eagle Valley.

"(The Devils) don't make mental mistakes," he said. "They are easily the most disciplined team we've played."

If mental mistakes equates to a lack of discipline, then the Bulldogs have some work to do. Despite their 2-0 record, the Bulldogs have been their own enemy with six turnovers and nearly 200 yards in penalties the first two weeks.

"Week by week, we get a little tighter," Hafey said about his No. 4 ranked in Class 3A Bulldogs. "We hope we take another step in the right direction this week."

The Devils are 1-1 after suffering a tough 7-6 loss to defending state champions Rifle last week.

Moffat County had a chance to watch the tape of the Devils' opener against Bayfield, a 41-22 win.

"They really swarmed the ball and shut down Bayfield's passing game," Hafey said. "They have some good athletes, and their defensive backs and safeties are quick."

The Devils play a 5-2 on defense, which leads Hafey to believe they'll be trying to get at senior quarterback Derek Duran often.

"We'll need to establish our passing game like we have in the other two games," he said. "For that to happen, our lineman need to pick up their assignment quickly."

Moffat County is second in Class 3A in passing with 437 yards. Duran's 391 yards is second among the Class's quarterbacks. His six throwing touchdowns lead the state.

"We saw them play a lot of man against Bayfield," Hafey said. "But I would imagine them playing some zone since we have so many guys who can catch the ball."

The Bulldogs handed the Devils their worst loss of the season last year, 60-6. It was Eagle Valley's first year in Class 3A.

"They've made the adjustments and will be better," Hafey said. "Size-wise, I would say we're pretty comparable teams."

On offense, the Devils run multiple sets that attempt to confuse the opposing team's defense. They use several players in the backfield as options.

"Our guys on the line need to make sure their lineman don't get to our linebackers," Hardy said. "Allowing our linebackers to be around the ball is key."

The Bulldogs have none on the injured reserved for the game, and Hafey was happy with his team's preparation for the game.

"We had some good practices," he said. "I think we're very well-prepared for Eagle Valley."

The kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Gypsum. The game can be heard on KRAI 93.7.

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