It didn't take long for the Moffat County Bulldogs to make a statement in their home opener Friday night. Routing the Rawlins Outlaws, 46-0.
At 6 minutes, 26 seconds of the first quarter tailback Eli Buckner took the ball in on a 2-yard run to open the scoring for MCHS.
"It was a good way to start the season," head coach Kip Hafey said.
The touchdowns would keep coming for Moffat County. With 23 seconds left on the clock in the first quarter, senior quarterback Andrew Drake kept the ball in his hands and went 1-yard into the end zone, which put the Bulldogs up, 13-0.
On the ensuing Rawlins possession, Outlaws center Clayton McSpadden fumbled, and Buckner recovered for the Bulldogs, which set them up on Rawlins' 20-yard line.
Two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter on a 5-play, 14-yard drive Drake would strike again, this time on a 3-yard completion to J.T. Haddan.
"I thought we played pretty well," Haddan said.
For Rawlins, the mental mistakes were evident. On a bad pass by Drake, the Outlaws had a chance to intercept, but waited and before they knew what hit them, junior Paul Nelson had snatched the ball and took it 67-yards for the score.
"I thought it was going to be short, so I came back to it," Nelson said.
Rawlins head coach Kevin Hanson was complementary to Hafey's Bulldogs.
"There must be something in the water down here in Craig," Hanson said. "They always have huge kids."
Hanson's lineup is full of young players and their inexperience showed tonight.
"We only have five seniors," Hanson said. "But I thought our kids played hard."
The Outlaws ran a total of 31 plays and they accumulated 66-yards of offense in the 48 minute game. Thos 68 yards resulted in no touchdowns and few first downs.
Junior quarterback Steven Jaramillo thought things went better than last season's 27-7 loss even without a TD.
"I think that we played better than last year," Jaramillo said. "I think once the younger guys get used to playing varsity we'll be better."
His coach agreed, and thinks that in their league, the Outlaws will win their share of games this year.
Before the game Hafey was all business but said that the team was excited to get the season underway.
"We're ready to roll," Hafey said. "You know it's going to be good when the kids are telling you that they've had butterflies since first hour."
The nervous excitement, worked to the Bulldogs advantage and many of the mistakes shown during last Saturday's scrimmage were nowhere to be seen.
The Bulldogs didn't come away totally unscathed however, accumulating 25-yards in penalties.
"I thought the penalties we did take kept us focused," Hafey said.
With 195-yards rushing and 117-yards passing the Bulldogs spread things out between their running and passing game, which was a little surprise considering their 'smash mouth' style of football.
But Hafey was pleased overall with his teams performance, and thinks that other teams will start to reconsider the power of the Bulldogs once league play starts.
The Bulldogs square up against league foe Battle Mountain, in Avon next Friday at 7 p.m.