Bulldog Beat

The week in review for Moffat County sports

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— The season is over for the soccer team, but every other squad had a successful week in the Moffat County High School sports world.

Let's take a look.

Volleyball

The Bulldogs clinched the No. 2 spot in the Western Slope League with back-to-back victories against Delta and Palisade this past weekend. The girls have now won 13 straight matches heading into the postseason.

Moffat County is the 3rd seed in the district tournament this weekend. This is the team that has all the other coaches in the Slope worried. Come one, come all, the Bulldogs have been knocking them down.

During the infantile stages of the winning streak, claiming victories throughout the rest of the regular season appeared to be a lofty goal. Goal achieved.

I can only guess the next goal for this streaking squad is to bring home the state championship. If the previous accomplishments of this team are any indication of what the future will hold, clear out some room in the trophy case in the second floor common area of the high school.

Finally a state ranking.

Sure, Moffat squeaked in at No.10, but it's just the beginning. Coach Brianna Montgomery should have this team in the top 10 in the state for years to come. She should be a lock for the Western Slope League coach of the year.

Amy Dilldine and Kari Griffin are looking to garner some attention from college scouts throughout the postseason. They both are looking to take their careers to the next level. A strong showing from the team deep into the state playoffs should help them immensely.

Football

Well, well, well, look who showed up.

The football team ended its five-game losing streak Friday. The Bulldogs edged Cortez, 33-29, in a tightly contested seesaw battle.

I must admit, coach Kip Hafey continues to scare me with his fourth-down decision-making, but this week he looks like a genius. The fourth and nine-play action pass to Colton Conrad in the end zone made my heart stop. It started beating again when the Bulldogs scored the touchdown.

Hafey pulled out the three-back formula Saturday, and it truly was effective. Cortez players didn't know whom to tackle and by the time they figured it out, the Bulldogs already had more than 5 yards. The offense clicked, but the defense needs work.

The Panther's quarterback had two touchdown scrambles of more than 50 yards each. Take away those - and the two penalties surrendered by the Bulldogs on fourth down, each resulting in a Cortez touchdown - and this game would have, should have, been a blowout.

The test is yet to come.

State-ranked and Western Slope League-leading Glenwood Springs visits Friday.

This is Hafey's chance to shock the league.

An upset would salvage the season for the Bulldogs even though they are going to miss the playoffs. What better way to go out than to ruin it for someone else?

I can see the Bulldogs fitting nicely into the spoiler role, winning out the season and knocking off Glenwood and Rifle.

Soccer

A valiant effort the past two weeks by this squad, but the postseason will have to wait until next year. The Bulldogs went 2-1-1 against playoff-bound teams, proving they will be a force to be reckon with come next year.

Defending league champion Battle Mountain needed extra time and a goal by Moffat, to squeak out a 2-1 home victory.

Coach Seth Young turned this team around, doubling the Bulldogs' win total of a year ago in his first season at the helm.

This team was the most exciting of the bunch down the stretch. When they pulled it together, they were fluid and very crisp in their play. I can't wait for next year.

Cross country

Coach Todd Trapp has given Moffat County High School sports fans their first taste of the state championships of this school year.

I give much praise to this soft-spoken leader.

The boys and girls teams both qualified for the championships with season best performances by all runners.

Trapp worked this bunch harder than any team he's had here during his tenure.

Boy did it payoff.

Alicia Nelson continues her domination, capturing her fourth individual title of the season in Saturday's districts in Delta. Nelson is going to have to watch out though.

Freshman Mady Jourgensen is nipping at her heels. Jourgensen captured fourth in regionals, running with Nelson the entire meet. The spunky super frosh has improved more than anyone on this team.

Mike McNicol, Josh Classen, Colt Criswell and Corey Wojtkiewicz were separated by a mere minute Saturday. Having these boys so closely together only enhances the team's chances in the championships.

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