Bulldogs have no need for costumes

Bulldogs football players just that for Halloween

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Ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards and superheroes galore.

Halloween is a time for kids, teenagers and parents to dress up in costumes and, even if just for a few hours, take the opportunity to become someone or something else.

But tonight, the members of the Moffat County High School football team won't be donning any masks, capes or costumes.

They are throwing on the pads and taking on Cortez.

"It adds some excitement to the game that we wouldn't normally have," Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey said. "It's one of those things that you can feel in the air. I know the kids get excited - everybody loves Halloween - I just have to tell them not to eat a bunch of candy before the game."

MCHS' schedule was announced in August, and by the luck of the draw, the Bulldogs are being visited by a team that wears orange and black.

So, will the Bulldogs look at the Panthers like football players, or giant pumpkins?

"I think a little bit of both," Jordan Wilson said.

Pablo Salcido said he's kicking around the idea of getting the team to paint their faces like skulls - an image that surely would be intimidating to the Panthers.

"We're thinking about it," Salcido said. "We're thinking of going all out, like the movie 'Dead Presidents.'

"It's the seniors' last game, so we just want to go out there pumped up and send them out in style."

Scott Mann laughed when asked if he was dressing up for the event.

"Yeah, I'm dressing up as a football player," he said. "But I don't think it will be any different. I don't believe in superstitions. I believe that whoever wants to come out and win is going to win.

"We are all going to pumped and ready to go. It's going to be high intensity."

As for wearing face paint?

"I think it would be cool," Mann said. "I'd do it."

Halen Raymond isn't anti-Halloween, but to him, the game on the field dwarfs anything else.

"Every Friday, we wear a costume," he said. "I guess it will be a little bit different this week, though, with the distraction and all. But we are still going out there to win."

As for eating candy before the game, Raymond quickly responded.

"No way," he said. "If I eat all that sugar, I'll die out there on the field."

The teams will kick off at 7 p.m. - a time they would be collecting candy if not for the game - but some of the players couldn't care less about the still-in-school holiday.

"We are just going to beat them harder" because they wear orange and black, junior Jeremiah Gordon said. "If I could be anything for Halloween, I'd be a football player.

"Wait, I am."

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