To the wire

It's go-time for Bulldog football team


Coach Kip Hafey knows that it's do or die time for the Moffat County football team.

"We have to win the league games," Hafey said. "It's definitely one game at a time right now."

The Bulldogs played for three quarters with the Berthoud Spartans last Friday, but are looking to put together a complete game.

"We just have to hang on for four quarters," Hafey said.

The Bulldogs have had a tumultuous season of ups and downs, getting so close, but not being able to overcome the little things that trip them up.

Senior Tyler George said that his team can do it, if they pull together and find their chemistry.

"It's there," George said.

With an offense that has totaled 1,542 yards, many would see the Bulldogs as being a successful offensive team, but a dismal 38 percent completion average and 271 yards passing has hindered the success of Moffat County. Nine lost fumbles and six interceptions is also part of the problem.

The Panthers are facing a similar situation as the Bulldogs and coach Bruce Keith is looking for a big win against a strong team.

"Our goal was to have a winning year," Keith said.

It has been a few seasons since Delta has seen that .500 mark in the win/loss column, but this year, Keith was hoping things would turn out different. With four games left, the Panthers have a shot at making that happen.

"The kids are ready to go," Keith said.

The job won't be easy though.

"They're big and physical," Keith said of the Bulldogs. "You better bring your 'A' game when you play any team in our league. on any given day anyone can beat anyone."

Hafey said the Bulldogs are ready, that they have had an intense week of practice and he thinks that this game may be the pinnacle of the season, where they make or break the playoffs.

"The team that shows up and doesn't make mistakes will win," Hafey said of Friday's game.

With the regular season winding down and playoff contention heating up Hafey is hoping for a little luck on the Bulldog end of the field.

"You have to have a little bit of luck on your side," Hafey said. "Hopefully it's our time."

The Bulldogs have not been graced with luck's presence this season -- they have been forcing turnovers that never seem to end up in their hands.

It has been more than frustrating for a team that has such huge potential, he said.

"Little things like that make a huge difference," Hafey said. "If we play like we have been in practice it should be a huge win for the Bulldogs."

Moffat County and Delta kick off at 7 p.m. today in Delta.

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