Moffat County football ready to take on Delta

Bulldogs looking to get back to winning ways against Panthers tonight at home

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DHS at a glance

Coach: Ben Johnson, first year

2009 record: 2-2 (1-2 in Western Slope League)

MCHS at a glance

Coach: Kip Hafey, eighth year

2009 record: 3-1 (2-1 in Western Slope League)

Offensive starters

QB Matt Linsacum

WB Braeden Sullivan

HB Jasen Kettle

TB Nathan Tomlin

WR Scott Mann

TE Brady Conner

LT Halen Raymond

LG Angelo Raftopoulis

C Garrett Spears

RG Jeremiah Gordon

RT Cody Adams

Defensive starters

NG Nick Bulla

LT Casey martin

RT Garrett Spears

ROLB Jordan Wilson

LOLB Brian Ivy

MLB Todd Stewart

ILB Nathan Tomlin

ILB CJ Walt

CB Scott Mann

CB Miguel Molina

S Matt Linsacum

Keys to victory

• Ball control. If Moffat County is going to be successful, it needs to hang on to the ball.

• Eliminate the big plays. Palisade was able to break several big plays against the Bulldogs. Moffat County needs to limit the long drives.

If you go

What: Delta High School varsity football vs. Moffat County High School

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

Cost: $5

With Delta High School set to take on the Moffat County High School boys varsity football team at 7 p.m. today at the Moffat County High School, expect to see the same old Bulldogs.

Kip Hafey, MCHS football head coach, said despite the Sept. 25 34-6 loss to Palisade High School in Grand Junction, the Bulldogs will keep doing what they do best.

"Our motto is 'One great fake is as good as two good blocks,'" he said. "We're not going to change anything."

Prior to the Palisade game, which was Moffat County's lone loss of the season, the Bulldogs' offense had been on a roll.

Even against Palisade, the offense was able to move the ball, but was stifled by fumbles.

If Moffat County (3-1, 2-1 in the Western Slope League) wants to get back on a winning streak against Delta (2-2, 1-2 in the Western Slope League), it will have to hang on to the ball, Hafey said.

Delta, which went 5-5 last year, has Ben Johnson as the new head coach.

When Moffat County High School has the ball

Hafey said the Bulldogs simply can't repeat their performance against Palisade if they want to topple Delta.

"We need to hang on to the ball," he said. "It wasn't just turning over the ball, we can't drop it and lose a down."

The offense will remain largely unchanged, with Jasen Kettle returning to replace the injured Pablo Salcido (ankle).

Kettle, a senior, had a career night Sept. 19 against Battle Mountain High School, when he rushed for 207 first-half yards, before leaving because of injury.

Delta, which is coming off a 19-3 win against Rifle High School, is tough on defense, Hafey said.

"This year, they are running a 35, like us," he said. "They're tough. We need to be focused, and ready to go."

Delta's defense is anchored by linebacker Gene White and defensive lineman Ethan Kraai.

When Delta High School has the ball

Delta runs two offenses - one out of the I-formation and a spread offense.

Moffat County will see a lot of Delta's offense run through the spread formation.

To combat the potent Panther attack, Moffat County needs to play its positions, coach Lance Scranton said.

"We have to be where we need to be," he said. "And we have to put as much pressure on the quarterback as possible."

Like Berthoud High School's offense, Delta is not afraid to gain its yards through the air, Scranton said.

And like Battle Mountain's Parke Robbins, Delta's Austin Watson is a quarterback who can scramble.

"Their quarterback is by far their best athlete," Scranton said. "We need to put pressure on him when he drops back to throw the ball."

As the Bulldog offense needs to hang on to the ball, Moffat County's defense needs to pry it loose.

"Delta is good," Scranton said. "They have good athletes, and they are going to run the ball at us, and give us different looks."

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