Travis Noland is greeted by his teammates during the Moffat County High School varsity football game Oct. 30 against Glenwood Springs High School. On Friday, the Bulldogs beat Montezuma-Cortez High School to finish the regular season with a 6-4 record.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Travis Noland is greeted by his teammates during the Moffat County High School varsity football game Oct. 30 against Glenwood Springs High School. On Friday, the Bulldogs beat Montezuma-Cortez High School to finish the regular season with a 6-4 record.

Bulldogs football take out Panthers

MCHS wins, 57-20, against Montezuma-Cortez

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Matt Linsacum makes a pass during last week’s Glenwood Springs High School football game. On Friday, the Moffat County High School team traveled to Montezuma-Cortez High School, where the Bulldogs won, 57-20.

If it was the last game for Moffat County High School varsity football, the Bulldogs made the most of it.

Playing against Montezuma-Cortez High School, the Bulldogs won, 57-20, to finish the regular season with a 6-4 mark.

While the team will not know if it made the playoffs until Sunday, head coach Kip Hafey said if the team doesn’t make it, it was a good way to end the season.

“Our seniors lead us into the night and did a heck of a job,” he said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed, and if we don’t, the seniors went out on a high note, and we’re proud of them.”

The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-9.

Seemingly, everything the Bulldogs threw at the Panthers worked, as the offense was able to rack up more than 500 yards.

“We were able to have some huge plays, we passed the ball well, had great special teams — we had a fake punt for 60 yards,” Hafey said. “The kids were great all-around — everything was clicking, and they played a heck of a ball game.”

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was senior running back Jasen Kettle, who carried the ball 10 times for more than 220 yards.

On the first two Bulldog possessions, Kettle ran it into the end-zone for touchdowns, and with five minutes left in the first quarter, Moffat County lead 15-0.

With more than a minute remaining in the first quarter, Moffat County had built a 22-0 lead, thanks to a 67-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Maury Mirante.

But Montezuma-Cortez answ­ered back, as Keenan Garcia was able to punch the ball in to cut the lead to 22-7 in favor of the Bulldogs.

Moffat County started the second quarter with a 27-yard bomb from quarterback Matt Linsacum to Nathan Tomlin.

A two-point conversion gave the Bulldogs a 30-7 advantage.

Mirante, a sophomore, showed what might be a glimpse of what next year’s Bulldogs will look like.

“Maury had over 100 all purpose yards tonight,” Hafey said. “He had a fake punt for 60 yards, he caught a screen-pass for a 60-yard touchdown and he had some big runs for us.”

The Bulldogs’ defense harassed Panthers quarterback Breen McCombe all game, with seniors Jeremiah Gordon, Brian Ivy, Todd Stewart and Jordan Wilson able to penetrate the line of scrimmage.

Fellow senior Scott Mann again delivered the big hits for the Bulldogs in what Hafey called one of the Bulldogs best defensive efforts of the year.

“The defense was able to get some turnovers,” he said. “They gave up 20 points, but a lot of that was fourth-quarter late points. They had a big night.”

The second half featured more Bulldog fireworks, as Braeden Sullivan and Brady Conner caught touchdown passes and Pablo Salcido pummeled the Panthers up the middle.

“If you were a back and you got to touch the ball, you made big things happen tonight,” Hafey said. “Same with the receivers — everyone had a huge night.”

Now, the Bulldogs will wait to see what happens Sunday, and whether or not the seniors will have another chance of playing, Hafey said.

“We did what we can do to get ourselves in there,” he said. “If we don’t get in, they finished on a high note.”

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