Moffat County High School freshmen vs. Palisade High School
Score by quarter
Moffat County 6-16-0-22-44
Craig Moffat County High School's Keenan Bradshaw might have exemplified his team's success.
On Monday, against Palisade High School's freshman football team, the 14-year-old wide receiver and safety was dominant on both sides of the ball.
Bradshaw grabbed two touchdown passes from quarterback Bubba Ivers and snared an interception in the freshman team's 44-22 victory at the Bulldog Proving Grounds at Moffat County High School.
But his biggest play didn't end in a touchdown - it lead to one.
With Moffat County near Palisade's 40-yard line, Ivers lobbed a pass down the sideline where only the speedy Bradshaw could grab it.
The pass was a little long and Bradshaw had to stretch out and reel it in with his fingertips before sliding up to the goal line.
"I saw that the ball was up, and I was just focused on trying to catch it," he said. "I was nervous; I was just hoping I could catch it. I didn't care if it was a touchdown, I just wanted to get to it."
His first touchdown was anticlimactic compared to his sideline catch.
"It stayed up," he said, "and I was able to get it."
It was Bradshaw's second two-touchdown game this season.
"I caught one, and I ran an interception back earlier this year," he said.
Bradshaw's interception against Palisade didn't end in a touchdown, but it may have prevented one.
With Palisade storming down the field, he slipped in and grabbed an errant pass in Moffat County's red zone.
"My coaches told me to watch the tight end," he said. "I stuck with them, and when they threw the pass, I intercepted it."
Bradshaw said his secret for success in Monday's game wasn't a secret.
"I just kept my head in the game and didn't lose focus," he said. "I stuck with what my coaches told me to do."
Moffat County opened the scoring with an Ivers-to-Bradshaw connection pass with one minute and 55 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Bulldogs in blue up, 6-0.
Palisade drove back down the field and claimed the lead, 8-6, as the first quarter came to a close.
The freshman team found itself in an unlikely position heading into the second quarter - trailing.
The team is 5-0 on the season and has won its games by large margins.
The second quarter was more along the lines of a typical MCHS freshman game, as Ryder Seely's touchdown run following Bradshaw's catch put MCHS up 14-8.
Another Bradshaw touchdown put the home team up, 22-8.
Palisade was able to cut Moffat County's lead to 22-14 following halftime.
But, with 22 points in the fourth quarter, Moffat County was able to put the game away.
Matt Ray, one of the freshman coaches alongside Ken Olinger, said all facets of the team's game impressed him.
"I thought they did really well today," he said. "Palisade is tough. They came out and hit us hard. They didn't let up."
The game turned into a battle of who could stop whom first, Ray said.
"I don't know if they stopped us on offense," Ray said. "We were able to drive the ball down the field."
For the fifth time this season, every player on both sides of the ball impressed the coach.
"The whole team did everything they needed to do to win the game," Ray said. "This is a team that works hard, and will do whatever it takes to win games."