“With all the injuries and adversity the guys have had to overcome, they have done a nice job and I couldn’t be more proud. I want them to have fun and have the game of their lives. They have to go out there and play for one another.”
— Kip Hafey, the Moffat County High School varsity football head coach, on his players overcoming adversity this season
If you go …
What: Moffat County High School varsity football game vs. Steamboat Springs High School
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.
— Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens
Nothing fixes a broken season like a victory over a rival.
While the Moffat County High School varsity football team hasn’t had the year the players had hoped for — sitting at 2-7 overall and 2-4 in Western Slope League play — a win Friday at Steamboat Springs High School would be huge, head coach Kip Hafey said.
The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m. in Steamboat, 45 Maple St.
“Every year with rivalry games, we tell our guys the same thing,” Hafey said Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter if one team comes in 9-0 and the other 0-9, it’s going to be a good game. Every player is going to go out and give everything they have.”
The Bulldogs can close their season on a two-game winning streak if they can beat the winless Sailors (0-9 overall, 0-6 WSL).
MCHS routed Eagle Valley last week in their home finale, 52-28.
Like last week, the Bulldogs will have to contend with injuries.
Senior center and nose guard Garrett Spears will sit out due to injury and junior running back Garrett Stewart, who left the Eagle Valley game via ambulance and was diagnosed with a concussion, will also sit out.
The Bulldogs will see the return of senior Mason Updike, but Hafey said he would probably stay out of the backfield and just play defense.
“With all the injuries and adversity the guys have had to overcome, they have done a nice job and I couldn’t be more proud,” Hafey said. “I want them to have fun and have the game of their lives. They have to go out there and play for one another.”
After an 88-yard offensive performance Oct. 21 in Rifle, the Bulldogs rebounded last week putting up almost 400 yards of total offense.
Playing with a new center and missing two running backs, Hafey said the offense would need to continue to execute.
“We have tried three different guys at center and we haven’t made a decision who will play there,” he said. “Whoever we put in needs to step up and have a big game for our offense to be successful. They have to avoid bad snaps so we can have long drives and score points.”
In the backfield, the Bulldogs will still have a four-man rotation — senior Wes Chapman and juniors Michael Samuelson, Ryder Seely and Jacob Teeter.
The Sailors highest point total this season came last week against Battle Mountain in a 61-22 loss.
Steamboat has put up 14 or less points in the other eight games, including two shutouts.
Hafey said the Sailors like to air the ball out on the arm of quarterback Christian Ramirez.
“(Steamboat) spreads you out,” he said. “Our pass coverage has improved throughout the season and we have to be able to get pressure on the quarterback to stop them.”
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