Matt Linsacum, left, secures the tackle while Jordan Wilson strips the ball during Friday night's varsity football Homecoming game. Moffat County won, 42-0.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Matt Linsacum, left, secures the tackle while Jordan Wilson strips the ball during Friday night's varsity football Homecoming game. Moffat County won, 42-0.

MCHS football victorious in homecoming vs. Eagle Valley

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Pablo Salcido, right, stiff arms an Eagle Valley High School Devil defensive back during the Homecoming football game Friday night. Salcido made a return from an earlier ankle injury and racked up 72 rushing yards.

Game statistics

MCHS varsity football vs. Eagle Valley

• Rushing

Name yards TD

Pablo Salcido 72 1

Nathan Tomlin 39 1

Matt Linsacum 31 1

Braeden Sullivan 51 0

Maury Mirante 27 0

Halen Raymond 41 0

Mason Updike 14 0

• Passing

Name yards TD

Matt Linsacum 121 3

Although it wasn't his final home game, senior linebacker Jordan Wilson couldn't have picked a better time to score his first offensive touchdown.

In Friday night's varsity football homecoming game against Eagle Valley High School, Wilson scored the third touchdown in Moffat County High School's 42-0 romp.

Wilson said playing in front of a loud home crowd made a difference.

"The crowd got us so pumped," he said. "I just wanted to go out with a big bang."

It wasn't just the fireworks lighting up the sky at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, as quarterback Matt Linsacum threw for a season-high 121 yards and three touchdowns.

His second, the 43-yard pass to Wilson, put Moffat County ahead, 21-0, in the second quarter.

Head coach Kip Hafey said the play was drawn up for Wilson.

"The play was drawn up for Jordan because he had been bugging us forever," he said. "He lined up as a tackle, and they drew in the linebackers, and he was gone."

The name of the play reflects its impact on the field.

"We call it 'Mo' money' because it's money every time," Hafey said. "Jordan caught it and took it to the house."

Prior to kickoff, Wilson was worried his number might get called.

"I was nervous, and I kind of hoped we didn't call it," he said. "I was afraid I was going to mess up. But Matt (Linsacum) threw the perfect ball."

When he wasn't catching touchdown passes, Wilson was busy tormenting the Devils on defense, snagging an interception and recovering a fumble.

Moffat County jumped to an early 6-0 lead after running back Pablo Salcido rumbled five yards for a touchdown.

On their next possession, the Bulldogs were able to score again as Linsacum connected with Nathan Tomlin on a 14-yard touchdown reception.

A two-point conversion gave Moffat County a 14-0 advantage.

Wilson's catch put the Bulldogs up, 21-0, and Tomlin scored his second touchdown of the night by rushing five yards to push the lead to 28-0.

Linsacum connected with wide receiver Miguel Molina on a 40-yard pass, then the quarterback rushed 11 yards to pick up a score.

The defense again was solid, with Todd Stewart collecting 7 1/2 tackles, Linsacum had seven tackles and CJ Walt had six.

Brian Ivy, Casey Martin, Jeremiah Gordon and Stewart added sacks, Wilson and Martin recovered fumbles and Scott Mann and Wilson picked off passes.

Hafey said the homecoming crowd might have affected his team for a little while before the Bulldogs began to dominate.

"I think they might have started off a little nervous because of the crowd, and it was windy and cold," he said. "But they recovered and played flawless. Playing in front of such a great crowd could intimidate anyone."

Hafey said between the football game, fireworks display, school band and the ear-shattering crowd, there isn't a better place to be on a Friday night.

"I've always thought this was the best show in the Western Slope," he said.

With his last homecoming on the books, Wilson said he couldn't imagine a finer ending.

"It's a feeling I wouldn't trade for the world," he said. "I couldn't ask for a better way to go out."

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