Bulldogs travel to face Palisade

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Projected starters

Offense

QB Jake Bricker

RB Eli Buckner

WR Paul Nelson

WR Colton Conrad

WR Tyler Roach

WR Drew Turner

T Colton Murray

T Ethan Robinson

G Dillon Guinn

G Austin Hill

C Travis Wilson

DEFENSE

DT Ethan Robinson

DT Brian Ivy

NG Travis Wilson

LB Matt Kincheloe

LB Drew Turner

LB J.T. Haddan

LB Robert Daniels

CB Paul Nelson

CB Eli Buckner

CB Tyler Roach

S Jake Bricker

If you go

What: MCHS Football visits Palisade High School

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Palisade High School, 3679 G Road, Grand Junction

Call: 970-464-5102.

— Kip Hafey has achieved many goals since taking over as the Moffat County High School head football coach.

One goal has remained out of his reach.

Beating Palisade High School.

"Palisade is the No. 2 ranked school in the state," Hafey said. "It's definitely going to be a work-out for us."

Moffat County will travel to Grand Junction Thursday for a match up with Palisade in a battle of undefeated teams.

The Bulldogs, 2-0, 1-0 in the Western Slope League, have been working on defense this week, in preparation for what Hafey said will be an old-school, smash-mouth style game.

"They are a power run type team, just like we are," he said. "We are planning on putting more guys in the box - closer to the line of scrimmage - than we have so far this season."

Palisade, 2-1, 1-0 Western Slope League, returns running back Jesse Kirstatter.

"They have a tremendous back over there," said Hafey. "He's going to make our defense work hard."

The Bulldogs run a 33 defense - three lineman, four linebackers and four defensive backs - which Hafey said will have to be mixed up for Thursday's contest.

"We'll give them a few different looks, but our base package will be the same," he said. "Honestly the best defense for us will be to have a ball control offense. If we can chew up the clock on offense, it will give our defense a chance to rest and it will keep them fresh."

Offensively, Hafey said the Bulldogs aren't scheming anything new. Running the ball is the key.

"We are going to stick with what works," he said. "Our kids were impressive pounding the ball last week. When we run well, it opens up the passing game."

Hafey said he wants his team to focus on effort and to work on dispatching mental mistakes.

"We have got to be mentally tough this week," he said. "It's going to be about guts and effort. This game will have a lot of hard hitting. It should be a great one to watch."

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