The Moffat County Bulldogs have made a few changes in the last week. Stepping up their intensity and shuffling some positions has assistant coach Lance Scranton excited for game time.
"We're a lot mentally tougher this week," Scranton said. "Which is where we need to be. We've eliminated those mental errors."
Scranton thinks that the Bulldogs are in the right position to make a statement about how their season will go, by coming out tough against Rawlins, Wyo.
"We're finding the right people in the right spots this week," Scranton said.
The Bulldogs, who had a lack luster performance during scrimmage play last week, are better prepared for the real thing tonight.
"I think that we're shaping up good," Senior Dean Harvey said. "I think that we've picked up a lot this week."
Scranton said that as long as he's been here, Moffat County has never lost to Rawlins, but that doesn't mean that the game is a shoe-in.
"They like to put the ball up," said Scranton. "Every year they play the 1st quarter tough. But we never know what to expect from them, it makes it an adventure."
Rawlins head coach Kevin Hanson is in his second year has head coach for the Outlaws, but overall is in his second stint in 20 years as a head coach. Hanson knows that the Bulldogs play to win and come out tough.
"I expect that they will throw all their formations at us," Hanson said, referring to the deep playbook that the Bulldogs coaching staff has. "They are hard to read."
Hanson is prepared to give Moffat County a run for their money and expects a good game between the two teams.
"We want to go out and establish ourselves as a strong hitting football club," Hanson said.
With 15-letter winners back and seven starters, Hanson may have his work cut out for him.
The Bulldogs will most likely rely on a strong running game, which has been their bread and butter.
"Coach Hafey will do what he needs to do, to get yards," Scranton said. "We want to establish a running game early."
Scranton also believes that the Bulldogs are starting to find some quickness and good hands in some of their receivers, which could make the passing game for Moffat County more exciting.
"Andrew is starting to get more comfortable in the pocket," Scranton said.
That comfort zone could be a big key in the way Moffat County produces offense this season. But stopping other teams is still their priority.
The Bulldogs kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. tonight at the high school.