For three-and-a-half quarters, Glenwood Springs and Moffat County were both down two touchdowns in their games against Palisade.
What happened in the final six minutes of the respective games is what sets the two teams apart.
Glenwood rallied for two touchdowns and a win, Moffat County gave up two touchdowns for a lopsided loss (at least on the scoreboard).
“If you add in the failed onsides kick, we had three turnovers at the end of that game,” Moffat County coach Kip Hafey said. “We cut out the mistakes, and who knows.”
Mistakes are part of the game, and because they stayed away from them late against Palisade, the Demons sit atop the Western Slope League, 2-0, going into tonight’s game against the Bulldogs.
According to Hafey, the Demons, 4-1 overall, rely on the arm and legs of senior quarterback Luke Jacob, and a lot of team speed.
With those two factors as well as senior running back, Drew Halsch, the Demons will provide a formidable opponent for the Bulldogs, 2-3 overall, 1-1 WSL.
“They can score quickly,” Hafey said. “We have worked on a game plan to have ball control on offense because we want to keep our defense fresh.”
Hafey’s crew is a bit banged up this week, missing three starters on offense and two on defense going into tonight.
“We have moved some people around this week,” he said. “So, we have some kids that will get a chance to step up. Our kids are aware of the opportunity they have in front of them. If we win, we will be in a three-way tie for first in the league.”
Penalties, particularly holding penalties, kept the Bulldogs from finding momentum in their 36-6 loss to Palisade on Oct. 1. Hafey said that they’ve talked about proper execution on offense, but they’ve also worked on overcoming long-yardage situations this week in practice.
“There’s going to be some holding,” Hafey said. “But, the linemen need to execute better this week.”
The Bulldogs kick off at 7 p.m. today at Glenwood Springs High School.