Bulldogs looking to pass by Eagle Valley

MCHS football hosts Devils for homecoming weekend

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— The Moffat County High School football team will be looking to do something this week that it hasn't done all season.

Rebound after a loss, which it suffered for the first time last week.

The Bulldogs (2-1 overall, 1-1 in the Western Slope) have that opportunity when they host Eagle Valley (2-1, 0-1 WSL) at 7 p.m. today.

Head coach Kip Hafey said his team is prepared for a tough match-up, considering both teams are coming off a loss.

"We can't dwell on the past," he said. "Last week was last week. But we need to win now to keep our playoff hopes alive."

The Bulldogs will be without starting running back/middle linebacker J.T. Haddan, who was lost for the season with an injury in last week's loss at Palisade High School.

"We had a long practice on Monday because Haddan is out," Hafey said. "We have to move some kids around now, and they needed to work some things out."

Defensively, Lyle Schaffner moves to the middle linebacker position, and on offense, Eli Buckner replaces Haddan at the running back position.

Although the Bulldogs are down a starter, Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno isn't preparing any differently.

"It's a tough loss for them," he said, "but Moffat is a big and strong run team. They have that Buckner kid who we have to worry about just as much."

Hafey has been preparing his team this week for the power running game of the Devils.

"They run the ball very well," he said. "Nick Whitehead is a stud. We have to be able to contain him."

Hafey has been working on gap control with his defensive unit, concentrating on the fast flow lanes.

"Our lineman should be able to feel what gaps they are trying to open up offensively," he said. "The fast flow lanes are the lanes that our linebackers will have to shoot through to stop their running backs behind the line of scrimmage. If that works for us, we should be fine."

The Bulldogs defeated the Devils last year.

Ramunno still remembers.

"They pounded us last year," he said. "We are going to have to step it up this time."

Game notes:

Hafey said that J.T. Haddan would serve as honorary captain for this week's homecoming match-up.

Hafey is targeting 21 points as his team's goal - offensively and defensively. "If we can hold them to 21 points," he said. "I'm confident that we can put up just as many on offense, maybe more, and we should win."

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

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