Stunned silent

Bulldogs lose to Battle Mountain after tough night on the field


The first play of the game didn't go well for Moffat County, and the rest of the night didn't either.

The No. 7 Bulldogs faced the unranked Huskies in Avon and were stunned silent as Battle Mountain took the lead and held on for the 14-6 win.

During the opening play for Moffat County, senior tailback Nick Navratil dropped the ball and the Huskies Travis Roach recovered to give Battle Mountain possession on their own 30-yard line.

"We just couldn't put it in the end zone," said Kip Hafey, coach for the Bulldogs.

As the rain came down on Phelan Field, the Bulldogs managed to drive deep into Huskies territory, but were stalled when an unassuming Battle Mountain defense swallowed up any gaps for the running backs to get through.

The total time of possession for Moffat County in the first half was 9 minutes 50 seconds.

Going into the locker room during half time with their heads held high the Bulldogs were determined to come out during the second half playing better.

After the game, quarterback Andrew Drake said Battle Mountain was tougher than they expected.

The third quarter opened up with a 26-yard run by Huskies running back Matt Hedrick. The drive would stall at fourth down and 11 when Moffat County blocked the punt by Derek Byron. But the ball ended up back in Byron's hands and he returned it 15 yards for the first down, and Battle Mountain retained possession.

The Huskies set themselves up for a touch down during the ensuing series on six plays, totaling 40 yards. Ryan Hedrick threw a 16-yard pass to Travis Roach that he carried into the end zone.

It was the first time Moffat County trailed this season.

They struck back quick, however, on a 27-yard-run by Navratil at 4:20. Drake was the big reason for the set up, charging forward 31 yards to set the Bulldogs up on the Battle Mountain 44-yard line. It was the only time a Bulldog would see the end zone.

"Battle Mountain has a good senior led team," Hafey said.

Huskies head coach Pat Engle was more than excited after the win, saying it was the biggest win of his career at Battle Mountain.

Hedrick who racked up 243 yards in the season opener against Aspen, tallied another 196 yards rushing against the Bulldogs and had one touchdown.

"There was some great blocking on the offensive line," Hedrick said. "I've never seen that before. I just broke a few tackles and I was gone."

Hafey was noticeably concerned with his team's effort.

"We just came out a little flat," Hafey said. "We've got to finish drives. We didn't do what we needed to to win."

The Bulldogs dropped to 1-1 and Battle Mountain is 2-0. Huskies head coach Pat Engle was ready for his team to win a game like this.

"I knew we were going to win," Engle said. "Our kids were ready, and they are ready to take the next step."

The Bulldogs return home and prepare to take on powerhouse Palisade, who lost to Steamboat Springs on Thursday night.

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