Eli Buckner of Moffat County runs the ball in the third quarter against Berthoud. Buckner scored the lone Bulldog touchdown.

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Eli Buckner of Moffat County runs the ball in the third quarter against Berthoud. Buckner scored the lone Bulldog touchdown.

Moffat County starts strong, but can't sustain pressure

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Eli Buckner of Moffat County runs the ball in the third quarter against Berthoud. Buckner scored the lone Bulldog touchdown.

— In search of momentum heading back into league play next week, the Moffat County football team was looking for an edge.

The plan worked to perfection early in the contest, but a stronger Berthoud team had different ideas.

They worked the outside edge against the Moffat County defense all night.

The Bulldogs fell to the No. 5 ranked Spartans, 38-7, on Friday.

"The kids showed a lot of heart out there tonight," coach Kip Hafey said. "We had to play a bunch of young kids out there."

The Bulldogs charged down the field in the first quarter behind the bruising running of senior Eli Buckner to take a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"I took the hand-off, and got a great push from my line," Buckner said. "Their defense hit me, but my second effort was the key."

Moffat County had the momentum they had been searching for - the problem is that Berthoud stole it right back.

The Spartans out-scored the Bulldogs 38-0 the rest of the way accounting for the final margin of victory.

'The outside hurt us," defensive coordinator Lance Scranton said. "We had young kids with tough assignments. They adjusted and we couldn't"

Starting quarterback Jake Bricker missed the contest with the stomach flu. Junior Matt Linsacum filled in admirably in his absence, throwing the ball 32 times for 92 yards. If not for the eight passes dropped by Moffat's receivers, the outcome may have been different.

"Matt played really well," Hafey said. "He threw a really nice ball. We have to cut out the drops."

Buckner led the Bulldogs in rushing, pounding out 64 yards on 15 carries.

"We played with a lot of heart tonight," Buckner said. "We are going to execute better and get ready for next week."

The Bulldogs host Delta High School at 7 p.m. Friday.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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