Bulldogs looking for upset in home finale

If you go

What: MCHS football vs. Glenwood Springs High School

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley lane

• For more information call 970-824-7036

— Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey draws on small pieces of cardboard paper.

His marker scribbles wavy lines, solid lines and dashed lines.

It's time for the old football coach to draw up something new.

No. 1 ranked and undefeated Glenwood Springs High School brings its high-powered offense to the Bulldog proving grounds Friday.

Hafey has a premonition as to what could be in store for his team.

Glenwood is "a very prolific passing team," he said. "Their quarterback and receivers are very much on the same page. They are tricky to cover."

Hafey has been working on deception, rather than trickery.

"We are going to work on disguising some things on both sides of the ball," he said. "Hopefully it will make them guess a bit."

With the playoffs out of reach for the Bulldogs, Hafey is looking forward to the opportunity to finish the schedule out strong.

"This is our playoffs, right now," he said. "We could have given up on the season long ago. We are going to compete week in and week out."

For those who envision this teams' 3-5 overall record as an indicator to the Bulldogs being in the middle of a rebuilding year, Hafey had this to say:

"I don't believe in that stuff," he said. "I will never have a rebuilding year during my time as coach. We are trying to win every game."

On the offensive side of the ball:

In last week's victory against host Cortez, Hafey found an offensive strategy that was effective. The coach will fine-tune it for the match up with the Demons.

"We are going to continue to work on the three-back set." Hafey said. "It provides a lot of deception. It enables us to have great fakes off of counter runs."

Eli Buckner continues to be a force for Moffat County, picking up three more touchdowns last week.

"Eli is a workhorse," Hafey said. "Anytime you have a guy like that it makes everyone else's job that much easier."

Buckner will line up with Matt Kincheloe, and Hafey said Halen Raymond would most likely be the third back.

Quarterback Matt Linsacum, starting his fourth consecutive game at the varsity level, should have some pressure removed from him. With five offensive lineman and three running backs, Linsacum has eight potential blockers guarding him. Hafey said to look for big play-action passes Friday. The strategy worked well against Cortez and constant running - the Bulldogs strength - enables the play-action's deception to work effectively

On the defensive side of the ball:

Defensive coordinator Lance Scranton said aggressiveness is the key to this week's contest.

"We are going to have to get pressure on their quarterback by our defensive line," he said. "We need to throw off their quarterback's timing. If that kid has time, he will chew anybody up."

Scranton said that linebacker Robert Daniels and defensive tackle Travis Wilson will need to have big games this week.

"If Wilson can cause some double- or triple-teams in the middle, that will free up Daniels to make some plays."

Daniels has led the defense the past two weeks, recording 23 tackles and two sacks since returning from injury.

Friday marks the last home game for the Bulldogs seniors.

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