Coaches Kip Hafey, left, and Lance Scranton, right, talk about Moffat County High School’s season on the football field Monday night during the team’s annual awards dinner. MCHS finished 6-4 overall and narrowly missed qualifying for the state playoffs. For the full story, see page 11.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Coaches Kip Hafey, left, and Lance Scranton, right, talk about Moffat County High School’s season on the football field Monday night during the team’s annual awards dinner. MCHS finished 6-4 overall and narrowly missed qualifying for the state playoffs. For the full story, see page 11.

MCHS football awards dinner recognizes past, present athletes

Honorees

Below are the winners from Monday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity football awards dinner.

Academic all-state honors (3.6 grade-point average or higher)

Casey Martin

Angelo Raftopoulos

CJ Walt

Academic all-state honorable mention (3.3 GPA or higher)

Cody Adams

Brian Ivy

Jasen Kettle

Matt Linsacum

Jordan Wilson

Scott Mann

Travis Noland

Gage Spears

Western Slope League All-Conference team

Matt Linsacum (first team)

Brady Conner (honorable mention)

Nathan Tomlin (honorable mention)

Jordan Wilson (honorable mention)

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Moffat County High School boys varsity football had 13 seniors on the team this season. The seniors were honored during the annual awards banquet Monday night. The seniors are, from left, Scott Mann, Jeremiah Gordon, Aaron Nielson, Brian Ivy, Halen Raymond, Jordan Wilson, Pablo Salcido, Travis Noland, Todd Stewart, Jasen Kettle and Matt Linsacum. Not pictured: Nathan Tomlin and Justin Zufelt.

Quarterback Matt Linsacum knew if he worked hard enough, it would pay off.

On Monday, Linsacum was told his work had been rewarded with an all-conference first team selection during the Moffat County High School varsity football team awards dinner.

Linsacum, a senior, was selected by other coaches in the Western Slope League as one of the league’s top players.

“I made it so it would end like this,” Linsacum said. “I worked hard — I knew four years would go by fast because I always heard from the upperclassmen, so I did what I could to get where I am.”

On a night that was dedicated to former Bulldog and 2007 Moffat County High School graduate Cory Pike, who died Nov. 16, coaches, parents and players bid farewell to a former teammate.

The team also said goodbye to 13 seniors and introduced this year’s freshmen class.

As one of those 13 seniors, Linsacum said he was surprised when he heard his name called for all-conference honors. But he said he had mixed feelings about ending his high school career.

“All the above — depressing, sad, but we had a good year, a fun year,” he said. “I’ve played with these kids forever.”

Linsacum finished the year completing 44 passes in 86 attempts for 679 yards and 12 touchdowns as the Bulldogs went 6-4 and narrowly missed the playoffs.

Linsacum was joined by all-conference honorable mentions Nathan Tomlin, Brady Conner and Jordan Wilson.

The Bulldogs had three academic all-state athletes as Casey Martin, CJ Walt and Angelo Raftopoulos all were honored.

Moffat County also had eight academic all-state honorable mentions including Linsacum, Wilson, Cody Adams, Brian Ivy, Jasen Kettle, Scott Mann, Travis Noland and Gage Spears.

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