MCHS football schedule lays out non-conference, rival games



The tentative 2011 Moffat County High School varsity football schedule:

(Date — opponent/2010 record — 2010 result)

• Aug. 26 — @ Evergreen (8-3) — 26-22L

• Sept. 2 — Aspen (9-3) — 46-13L

• Sept. 17 — @ John F. Kennedy (6-4) — 27-20W

• Sept. 23 — *Delta (5-5, 3-4) — 26-7W

• Oct. 1 — *@ Palisade (9-2, 6-1) — 36-6L

• Oct. 7 — *Glenwood Springs (10-1, 7-0) — 35-7L

• Oct. 14 — *Battle Mountain (3-7, 2-5) — 40-34W

• Oct. 21 — *@ Rifle (6-4, 4-3) — 21-18W

• Oct. 28 — *Eagle Valley (2-7, 1-6) — 34-14W

• Nov. 4 — *@ Steamboat Springs (0-10, 0-7) — 42-8W

  • Western Slope League game

The Moffat County High School varsity football team didn’t let a 2-2 start derail the 2010 season, with the Bulldogs rallying off four consecutive wins to finish the campaign.

MCHS ended 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the Western Slope League.

However, the Bulldogs narrowly missed the 3A state playoffs for the second year in a row.

With the release of the 2011 schedule, Lance Scranton, the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator, said more emphasis would be put on the three non-conference games.

“The staff talked and the first three preseason games are very important,” he said. “To make the top 18 and make the playoffs, we think we need to win at least two out of the three.”

Athletic director Jeff Simon said the schedule would not be official until Aug. 1, but he doesn’t foresee any changes being made.

The Bulldogs will open Aug. 26 at Evergreen High School, a game the team lost 26-22 at home last season.

Aspen High School will come Sept. 2 to MCHS before the Bulldogs travel Sept. 17 to John F. Kennedy.

The team couldn’t overcome Aspen’s running game last year, falling 46-13, but got the first win of the season against John F. Kennedy, 27-20.

While all three games remain the same, the venue has changed this year. Scranton said the staff hopes home-field advantage can help against Aspen.

“When we play home, we have more time for preparation as a team because we don’t have to leave and deal with unknown things that arise when we travel,” he said. “I don’t think playing-wise it matters to the kids, but they do enjoy the bigger home crowds we have.”

The Bulldogs will open league play Sept. 23 at home against Delta High School, travel Oct. 1 to face Palisade High School and come back home Oct. 7 to play Glenwood Springs High School.

Glenwood went undefeated in the league last season, forcing four turnovers against the Bulldogs while Palisade’s quarterback racked up 237 total yards on MCHS.

“The Western Slope is a tough league and you have to be ready for anything,” Scranton said. “We know who the top teams will be, but we have to be on our toes every game in our league.”

MCHS will close out the season with the same four opponents as last year — Oct. 14 at home against Battle Mountain High School; Oct. 21 at Rifle High School; Oct. 28 at home against Eagle Valley High School; and Nov. 4 at Steamboat Springs High School.

The Bulldogs won back-to-back overtime games last year against Battle Mountain and Rifle.

Scranton said a combination of offense and defense led to those victories.

“Coach (Kip) Hafey puts confidence in our offense and then I have the guys go out and play good defense,” he said. “They feed off each other and they both played well against Battle Mountain and Rifle.”

While the Palisade and Steamboat games stick out immediately, Scranton said, the team is excited to bring a different component to the table every week this year — experience.

“I think the biggest determining factor is the fact that we have a whole bunch more experience,” he said. “We may still look young on paper, but as far as playing time is concerned, we have a lot of returning sophomores who are now juniors.

“It is going to be a lot of fun this year.”

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Cole White 5 years, 9 months ago

To me it really doesn't matter how strong or weak their schedule is because if you want to be the best you have to play the best. I think the biggest determinant to having a successful high school program is going to be for the high school coaching staff to get the junior high and peewee programs under control. I know they think they are providing some level of oversight but if they were to look at other towns with really successful high school programs and what they are doing I think they would be surprised. Its like a college team recruiting from poorly taught high school kids or the pros recruiting from a bad college program. It just doesn't work well.

Our junior high program plays the same few kids running the same plays against very poor competitors and while it has allowed the junior high program to rack up some great winning seasons, none of that means anything if you can't put together a consistent high school program (if 6 and 3 is considered a success then we should all just quite now). I would rather see a jr. high program lose every game they play if along the way they are building players and fundamentals that will result in a winning high school program. In the peewee leagues we have everything from accountants, new paper publishers, and contractors who have never played a single game of organized football in their life trying to teach fundamentals to our youth and doing more harm than good.

The high school program needs to take ownership of all of these programs and demand that all coaches go through clinics and run high school drills and plays (and be held accountable and in the case of the jr. high coaches.....they should be on the sidelines of every home game with Hafey) so the youth will be taught correct principals and be ready for when they get into high school.


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