Bubba Ivers, a Moffat County High School junior, breaks a tackle in the second quarter Friday against Eagle Valley High School at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. Ivers had four touchdowns Friday — three on the ground and one through the air — to help lead the Bulldogs to a 52-28 victory in their home finale.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Bubba Ivers, a Moffat County High School junior, breaks a tackle in the second quarter Friday against Eagle Valley High School at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. Ivers had four touchdowns Friday — three on the ground and one through the air — to help lead the Bulldogs to a 52-28 victory in their home finale.

Bulldogs offense, defense have strong night in 52-28 victory

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Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity football game Friday against Eagle Valley High School at MCHS:

(Team: 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

MCHS: 10 — 29 — 7 — 6 — 52

• Eagle Valley: 0 — 7 — 14 — 7 — 28

Scoring summary:

First quarter

• Moffat County — Bubba Ivers 20-yard touchdown run — 7-0

• Moffat County — Jonathan Pando 37-yard field goal — 10-0

Second quarter

• Moffat County — Bubba Ivers 22-yard touchdown pass to Miguel Molina/2-point conversion good — 18-0

• Moffat County — Jacob Teeter 16-yard touchdown run — 25-0

• Moffat County — Michael Samuelson 1-yard touchdown run — 32-0

• Eagle Valley — Ayren Hart 45-yard touchdown run — 32-7

• Moffat County — Ryder Seely 3-yard touchdown run — 39-7

Third quarter

• Moffat County — Bubba Ivers 32-yard touchdown run — 46-7

• Eagle Valley — Victor Avila 1-yard touchdown run — 46-14

• Eagle Valley — Jordan Hudspeth 54-yard touchdown pass to Ayren Hart — 46-21

Fourth quarter

• Moffat County — Bubba Ivers 10-yard touchdown run — 52-21

• Eagle Valley — Victor Avila 5-yard touchdown run — 52-28

On the first drive of the night Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, quarterback Bubba Ivers took the snap, ran to the left side and cut up field for a 20-yard touchdown run.

Execution, Ivers said, helped the Moffat County High School varsity football team get back on track and win their home finale over Eagle Valley High School, 52-28.

“Our linemen stayed on blocks, our running backs ran through holes and we were able to break some tackles,” Ivers, a MCHS junior, said. “We executed well all night long and were able to move the ball most of the night.”

After a 37-yard field goal from senior Jonathan Pando gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead after the first quarter, MCHS really got going with a 29-point second quarter outpouring.

On the first play of the second period, Ivers connected with senior Miguel Molina on a 22-yard pass.

After a successful 2-point conversion, the Bulldogs led 18-0.

A three and out and botched punt later, junior Jacob Teeter added to the Bulldogs’ lead with a 16-yard touchdown run.

Juniors Michael Samuelson and Ryder Seely also added touchdown runs in the second quarter, as MCHS led 39-7 at the half.

“We had a lot of speed and had really good lead blocking,” Ivers said of the Bulldogs’ offensive performance in the first half. “We did a lot of good things with our fakes that helped us have pretty good holes to get through.”

The Bulldogs (2-7 overall, 2-4 Western Slope League) were without senior running back Mason Updike, who was injured last week against Rifle.

Ivers said Updike brought a power running attack to the backfield, so his absence had MCHS spreading the ball out to utilize their speed.

It didn’t seem to be a problem, as Ivers ran for two more touchdowns in the second half — one from 32 yards out and the other from 10 yards away.

Ivers’ four-touchdown performance came after he had to sit out the Rifle game because of a separated shoulder.

“My shoulder is shaky and it will definitely be tender in the morning,” he said. “My collarbone came down, so it relieved a lot of the pain. It made the throwing motion the worst feeling, but it got better.”

While the Bulldogs’ offense put on a show, the MCHS defense did its job Friday as well.

The Bulldogs didn’t allow an Eagle Valley first down in the first half.

The Devils (1-7 overall, 1-5 WSL) only big play in the first half was a 45-yard touchdown run from junior Ayren Hart.

“We came out focused on defense,” Ivers said. “We knew they would be running the ball up the middle and to the outside, and we knew what we had to do to stop it.”

Eagle Valley added three more touchdowns in the second half, but Ivers chalked it up to the defense feeling complacent.

The game was halted with about 3 minutes remaining in the fourth when junior Garrett Stewart was tackled out of bounds and landed on his head.

Stewart was taken away in an ambulance, but was released from The Memorial Hospital later with a concussion.

The Bulldogs will wrap up their season next week at rival Steamboat Springs.

Ivers said winning the home finale was sweet, but beating the Sailors would be sweeter.

“It feels good to win (Friday) and it released some anger of not winning this season,” he said. “We have Steamboat and we are just going to play smash mouth football and hit them in the mouth.”

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