Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity football team’s game Friday at Evergreen High School:
(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• MCHS: 7 — 0 — 0 — 0 — 7
• Evergreen: 0 — 7 — 7 — 3 — 17
As Bubba Ivers broke away from the pack and into the end zone Friday in Evergreen, the Moffat County High School varsity football team looked to be on its way to a season-opening victory.
However, the team’s mistakes added up and Evergreen High School kept the Bulldogs off the board the rest of the night, sending MCHS packing with a 17-7 loss.
“I thought we played well, we just had mistakes that cost us,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “There were a couple of interceptions we should have had and we dropped that would have been momentum changers that can shift a game.
“We have to take advantage of those kind of opportunities and we can’t make mistakes against a good team.”
After the Cougars (1-0) went three and out in the opening drive of the game, Ivers took the snap for the Bulldogs (0-1) and ran 59 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
Evergreen scored in the second quarter to send the game to halftime tied, 7-7.
The little mistakes weren’t just on defense, however.
Hafey said multiple times in the second half the Bulldogs dropped snaps or muffed handoffs.
“We would get a good drive going with a four- or five-yard gain on first down, but mess up a handoff on second down,” he said. “Instead of third-and-2, we would be facing a third-and-7, making it a whole different ball game.”
The Bulldogs started the third quarter driving the ball, but a holding penalty put MCHS at second-and-18 and the team had to punt on fourth down.
Evergreen returned the ball to the Bulldogs’ 15-yard line for a 30-yard gain, setting the team up for its second touchdown.
The Cougars added a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Hafey said field position was definitely a key to the game on both sides.
“Evergreen had a few good punt returns and their kicker would put it in our end zone, so we had to start at the 20-yard line,” he said. “Field position is big and can change a game.”
Heading into the contest, Hafey said his team wanted to contain Cougars’ quarterback Noah Ansley.
Besides two big passes, Hafey said he was happy with the way his team handled Ansley.
“We handed (Ansley) well, but sometimes things just don’t go your way,” he said. “On one of their big passes, the ball was tipped, but their receiver was right there. It is just the way things fell (Friday).”
The Bulldogs had over 200 yards rushing and didn’t turn the ball over the entire game.
Despite the loss, Hafey said every player gave everything they had and played a solid ball game.
“We need to have solid execution,” he said. “We need to improve on what we are doing right, and fix what went wrong and limit our mental errors.”
MCHS will host Aspen High School on Sept. 2 in the team’s home opener.
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