Field goal sends Bulldogs to OT victory over Rifle

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Overtime

A Bulldog victory at home.

Jonathan Pando kicks a 10-yard field goal, putting MCHS up, 21-18. Rifle is stopped on the ensuing possession, and the Bulldogs come away with a hard-earned home victory, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

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Fourth quarter

The fourth ends with the two teams tied at 18. Overtime period about to begin.

Rifle's Ryan Moeller picks up his third touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run halfway through the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs prevent the 2-point conversion. The score is now knotted up, 18-18.

Third quarter

The scoring exchange continues in the third quarter as MCHS quarterback Bubba Ivers scores on a 1-yard touchdown run. MCHS then converts a two-point conversion pass to running back Brady Conner. Bulldogs leading Rifle, 18-12, with time winding down in the quarter.

Rifle's Ryan Moeller slips into the end zone on a 5-yard run. The extra point is blocked. Rifle back ahead, 12-10 with 4:46 left in the third quarter.

Running back Hodge Raftopoulos puts the Bulldogs ahead with a 5-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point is good and MCHS leads, 10-6. 6:23 left in the third quarter.

Second quarter

There was no scoring in the second quarter from either team. The teams head into halftime locked in a 6-3 struggle. The third quarter is about to begin.

First quarter

Rifle running back Ryan Moeller puts the Bears on the scoreboard with a 60-yard touchdown run up the middle with 10:08 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion fails, and Rifle leads, 6-0.

MCHS answers with a 15-yard field goal by Jonathan Pando, cutting the Rifle lead to 6-3 with 1:08 left in the first quarter.

Pre-game

The Moffat County High School varsity football team will play the Rifle Bears at 7 p.m. tonight in a game that will continue to shape the Bulldogs’ chances of making the state playoffs.

MCHS has an overall record of 3-4 this season, and is coming off a 40-34 overtime victory over Battle Mountain.

At 2-2 in the 3A Western Slope League, the Bulldogs have their work cut out for them against Rifle, which is tied with Glenwood Springs as the top team in the division. The Bears are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the league. Last week, they beat Delta, 14-10.

With the home-field advantage for the first time in weeks, MCHS coach Kip Hafey plans to keep possession in the hands of the Bulldogs offensively and create turnovers defensively.

Hafey said he hopes any wet weather tonight will be an opportunity to capitalize on fumbles, although he doesn’t want to depend on it.

“With the elements like that, there’s no telling what could happen, so you keep your fingers crossed and hope that maybe you get a few more turnovers yourself and that you don’t give away the ball yourself,” he said.

With five injured starters sitting out, Hafey has had to alter his offense and defense. One change entailed putting senior tight end Brady Conner in as a running back.

Hafey said players in new positions are eager to prove themselves.

“They’re really excited,” he said. “They know the opportunity that’s in front of them. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of them on the field and seeing what they can do.”

For updates from tonight’s game, see this story at www.craigdailypress.com, or read the Saturday Morning Press.

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