Moffat County and Steamboat Springs football games usually don't need any extra motivation.
But after Steamboat Springs varsity football team beat Moffat County High School, 42-14, on Friday, the rivalry was fresh in the minds of both teams.
Winning, 20-6, on Monday at home was a bit of revenge for the Bulldogs junior varsity team.
Sophomore Maury Mirante, who plays on the junior varsity and varsity teams for the Bulldogs, said the tough loss Friday might have given him some extra fuel.
"After last week, I wanted this game bad," he said. "I'm pretty happy we won today."
Mirante certainly did his part for the win on both sides of the ball - collecting several tackles and an interception while giving the Bulldogs another option in the backfield.
The junior varsity team had not won a game heading into Monday's action, but anytime the Sailors are on the opposite sideline, expect a battle, Mirante said.
"It doesn't matter what the record is, this is the biggest game of the year," Mirante said. "Our main priority was to go out and beat them."
Coach Ken Olinger, who called the defensive plays for the Bulldogs, agreed with Mirante.
"I think the kids were definitely motivated," he said. "Last game of the year, at home against Steamboat - I know they were excited for this one."
Olinger said the win was a complete Bulldog effort.
"They worked together today," he said. "This is our team's future, so we got as many kids as many reps as possible. It was a lot of fun to prepare for it."
The first half was a defensive battle between two tightly matched teams.
Steamboat was able to move the ball through the air, while Moffat County ran right at the Sailors defenders.
The Bulldogs were able to wear down the Sailors defense in the second half, and yards began piling up.
Steamboat Springs struck first with a 13-yard pass with 2:53 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs answered quickly.
Bubba Ivers got Moffat County on the board with a 20-yard run in the second quarter, and the game quickly became a defensive standoff.
Zach Booco gave the defense a boost with an interception, while Moffat County's front eight were able to rush the passer.
Neither team scored in the third quarter until the last minute, when Moffat County's Wesley Chapman ran in from 10 yards out to give Moffat County a 12-6 lead.
The Bulldogs continued to run the ball well in the fourth quarter, with Mirante, Ivers, Mike Samuelson, Mason Updike and Ryder Seely all getting touches.
Seely fought through several Steamboat defenders to get to the end zone, giving Moffat County a 20-6 lead.
Steamboat's offense was unable to get any momentum in the second half, as the Bulldogs were adept at taking away the ball.
"I know they were fired up," Olinger said. "They came out ready to play. Our defensive players made the key reads and made the stops when we needed them."