Scoring by quarters
MC — 10:05, Bubba Ivers 12 run. (Miguel Molina kick).
SS — 9:00, Ben Custer 2 run. (Run fail).
MC — 1:28, Ivers 86 run. (Molina kick).
MC — Molina 74 pass from Ivers. (Molina kick).
MC — Jarret Walt 6 pass from Ivers. (Run fail).
Neither coach will tell you it was a success.
They’d be crazy to think the seasons endured by the Moffat County and Steamboat football teams were remotely successful.
But in what could be the last time the two teams meet in the Western Slope League — Moffat’s enrollment might push it down to Class 2A next year — the Bulldogs were able to win the battle of pride Friday night, downing the Sailors 27-6.
The game ends the season for both teams. Moffat went 3-7 and Steamboat had its second consecutive 0-10 campaign.
The Sailors have now lost 21 straight games.
“It’s always fun to win a rivalry game,” said Moffat coach Kip Hafey, whose team outgained Steamboat 408 to 129. “Steamboat did a heck of a job. You always want to come out on top. Pleased with the way we prepared. When the momentum did switch, our defense got us a turnover.”
That was it.
In a microcosm of two years of play, whenever Steamboat did have some momentum, the team could do nothing with it.
It started on the opening kickoff when Evan Hornstein returned the ball to Moffat 34-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Steamboat fumbled.
Moffat County used just eight plays from there to take a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown run by Bubba Ivers.
“We’ve tried to understand how important momentum is and how to keep it,” Steamboat coach Lonn Clementson said.
Steamboat again had a big return, this time to the Moffat 24 and scored on a 2-yard run by Ben Custer to cut it to 7-6.
After the teams traded possessions, Ivers did it again, this time weaving his way 86-yards for a touchdown and a 14-6 lead. After Steamboat punted on its next possession, Ivers found Miguel Molina for a 74-yard touchdown pass and a 21-6 lead. On the next Bulldogs possession, they went 15 plays and 91 yards, capped by a 6 yard pass from Ivers to Jarret Walt for a 27-6 lead at half.
Moffat, after Steamboat’s touchdown, completely dominated the game. In the first half the Bulldogs gained 317 yards to the Sailors’ 47. Moffat had that 15 play touchdown drive, while Steamboat ran 19 total offensive plays.
“That was our focus. Get it to the edge,” Hafey said of the teams running game. “That’s what we worked on all week and it went really well in the first half. We were able to put up four scored on the board.”
Clementson, despite two straight winless seasons, said he remains upbeat. He cited the lack of seniors, Steamboat had just three, and lack of depth as key cogs in the disappointing season.
“But we’re glass half full. Period,” he said. “There is no feeling sorry for ourselves. There is no would of, could of, should ofs. We gave up way too many big plays. There are three huge plays tonight. Take those away, and we’re in the game.”
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