Bulldogs offense shut out in 48-6 loss in Rifle
Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity football team’s game Friday at Rifle High School:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
Moffat County — 0 — 6 — 0 — 0 — 6
Rifle — 19 — 14 — 12 — 3 — 48
Rifle — Ryan Moeller 14-yard run (kick failed) —11:20
Rifle — Moeller 40-yard run (kick failed; bad snap) — 7:12
Rifle — Moeller 61-yard run (Marco Gutierrez kick) — 2:04
Rifle — Moeller 9-yard run (Gutierrez kick) — 11:40
Moffat County — Jacob Teeter 96-yard kickoff return (kick failed) — 11:22
Rifle — Taylor Webb fumble recovery in end zone (Gutierrez kick) — 2:50
Rifle — Adam Rice 1-yard run (kick blocked) — 9:00
Rifle — Moeller 49-yard interception return (kick failed) — 7:30
Rifle — Javier Peralta 20-yard FG — 8:32
Rifle Moffat County head football coach Kip Hafey and his Bulldogs didn’t have an answer for Ryan Moeller and the Rifle Bears.
With Moeller rushing for 324 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries behind an offensive line that pried open gaping holes all night long, Rifle cruised to a 48-6 win over Hafey’s squad on Friday.
“They really did well up front,” Moffat County’s coach said. “They kept trapping us up the middle. They just did a really good job with it. We tried to mix it up and do some different things, do some different line stunts.”
All told, the Bears racked up 451 yards on the ground.
Moeller, a junior, had rushing TDs spanning 14, 40, 61 and 9 yards as he topped the 300-yard plateau for a second straight week. He ran for 321 yards against Delta last week.
The bruising back, who has more than 1,800 yards already this season, said stats aren’t his primary concern.
“I worry about the team,” said Moeller, who also had a 49-yard interception return for a score. “My stats come with the team. Everyone else’s stats come with the team.”
And that team is a very good one.
Friday’s win pushed Rifle’s record to 8-0 overall, 5-0 in the 3A Western Slope League. The Bears are ranked fifth in 3A according to the latest Denver Post media poll.
Rifle’s offensive front is a big reason the team is one of the best in its classification, and Moeller wasn’t the only one to benefit on Friday.
Backup backup Kamal John-
son finished with 88 yards on 17 carries. Brandon Kittle had 27 yards on six totes.
“Coach just tells us to punch ‘em in the face,” Bears left guard Alex Copeland said. “Whoever quits first, loses.”
Taylor Webb and Adam Rice also scored TDs for Rifle, which opened up a 33-6 lead at halftime. Webb pounced on a Moeller fumble in the end zone for a second-quarter score and Rice scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper in the third.
Javier Peralta drilled a 20-yard field goal late to round out the scoring for the Bears.
Jacob Teeter returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score in the second quarter to account for Moffat County’s points.
With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 1-7 overall, 1-4 in the 3A WSL.
“It was just a tough night for us,” Hafey said. “They owned the line of scrimmage and got it done in the trenches.”
Next up for Moffat County is a home date with Eagle Valley next week. Rifle hits the road to face Palisade in a matchup that could very well decide who wins the league title.