Truckin' along

'Diesel' Haddan has big game for Moffat County

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Junior, J.T. Haddan didn't get the nickname 'The Diesel' for nothing -- on Friday night against the Glenwood Springs Demons, 'The Diesel' kept trucking.

Haddan, carried the ball 17 times for 109 yards and was on the receiving end of an Andrew Drake pass for 12 yards.

"J.T. Haddan had a huge game for us," coach Kip Hafey said.

But it wasn't only Haddan who helped Moffat County to its 35-14 victory.

Seniors Brice Boling, Sam Wheeldreyer and Nick Navratil lended a hand -- along with the offensive and defensive lines.

"Our defensive backs stepped it up tonight," Hafey said. "We had such good coverage at times it forced him (Dakota Stonehouse) to scramble, which he's not used to. It was a great defensive effort all around on this type of offense."

Senior Blake Kawcak credits the win to the intensity and togetherness of his team.

"We just stepped it up," Kawcak said. "Defensively, we came out and came out ready."

First Quarter

The Bulldogs started the first quarter off with a solid drive, getting just past the midfield mark, but on third and eight, Drake threw an incomplete pass, which forced Moffat County to punt away.

Glenwood came back and had an impressive drive of its own, the drive was cut short on an intercepted pass by Moffat County's Sam Wheeldreyer.

Wheeldreyer took the ball 21 yards back to the 23-yard line, and gave the Bulldogs another go round on the offensive end.

As time ticked away, the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on drives during the quarter, and the Demons faced the same problem.

"At times we weren't able to execute," said Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth.

Second Quarter

As the Bulldogs continued their drive from the first quarter, 47 seconds into the second quarter they struck gold, with Haddan powering his way over the goal line, and giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.

It was only five plays deep for Glenwood Springs as it punted away on the ensuing possession.

"We turned the ball over at inopportune times," Whitworth said.

A lucky call for the Bulldogs punt return specialist Brice Boling, put Moffat County at its 43-yard line, but the drive fizzled out and Moffat County in turn, was forced to kick away.

At 7:53, the Demons would begin a drive that ate up three plus minutes of clock time.

Capping it off was a 4-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Dakota Stonehouse. The score would have been 7-7, but kicker Taylor Parsons shanked the ball off the left post and it left Glenwood with a 7-6 deficit.

Moffat County answered on the ensuing possession, this time a 5-yard run by Navratil with 13 seconds left in the half.

"They were just very very physical on offense and just kind of took it to us," Whitworth said.

Third Quarter

There was electricity in the air as Moffat County took the field for the second half. Kicking off to the Demons, the Bulldogs knew they had to put the pressure on Stone-house.

The first play of Glenwood's drive set the tone, with Stonehouse tossing an interception to Moffat County's Andrew Drake.

Using the unlikely possession in their favor the Bulldogs took the ball down field for the 21-6 lead.

"We came out fired up and played like a real team today," Boling said. "All of us covered well, all of us did our jobs."

Down but not out, the Demons fought back and used a quick 30-yard strike to stay in the game. The completed pass to Connor Riley gave the Demons a spark of hope that was extinguished three plays later by Moffat County.

Giving the ball to Haddan on the two opening plays, Hafey dipped into his bag and pulled out a pitch to Navratil on the right side that turned into a 67-yard touchdown for the Bulldogs.

Fourth Quarter

Up 27-14, the Bulldogs just needed to find a way to hang on and keep the Demons from scoring on a quick strike play. They did it with tough defense, forcing Glenwood to punt on the opening drive and then scoring a security blanket on a 34-yard play by Haddan and a 2-point conversion. The 35-14 lead would be enough to capsize the Demons spirits.

"We took away the clock and won that time of possession," Hafey said.

With the win, the Bulldogs pushed their streak to three games, and a shake down of big losses in the Western Slope League have left a big hole for the Bulldogs to get in the playoffs.

Up next

With Steamboat beating Rifle 19-8 and Eagle Valley beating Battle Mountain 33-16, the Bulldogs have moved into sole possession of third place in league standings.

Rifle is the next opponent on the list and Kawcak said the Bulldogs need to go out and play physical against them, just like they did Friday against Glenwood.

Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or mmcdaniels@craigdailypress.com.

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