The Commanders were simply too much for the MCHS varsity football team today.
MCHS scored a late touchdown, but it mattered little to the game's final outcome. MCHS falls to 0-3 this season after today's 51-22 loss.
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The Bulldogs are struggling with pass coverage and tackling today. A JFK receiver takes a short pass and turns it into a 72-yard touchdown. MCHS trailing, 51-14.
JFK took the second-half kickoff down the field. The Commanders then punched the ball up the middle to increase their lead to 45-14 over MCHS.
The second-half was postponed about 30 minutes due to lightning.
The Commanders score again, this time off a short run with a minute to go before halftime, pushing MCHS' deficit to 38-14. The Commanders missed their third straight 2-point conversion.
JFK used a balance offensive approach on the Commanders' longest drive of the game to push further ahead of the Bulldogs, 32-14.
JFK quarterback Miltenberger threw for his second touchdown of the second quarter, but his team failed to convert the 2-point conversion.
Miltenberger continues to take advantage of the Bulldogs' secondary, using two big passing plays to put the Commanders up, 26-14. The Kennedy quarterback stayed down after taking a big hit, but he walked off the field on his own.
JFK's 2-point conversion failed.
MCHS back Samuelson scores his second touchdown of the game with a 3-yard run, pulling the Bulldogs within six, 20-14.
Junior Bubba Ivers faked a punt on fourth down and rushed the ball to the Kennedy 15-yard line to eventually set up Samuelson's touchdown.
End of first quarter:
MCHS is trailing, 20-7, at the end of the first quarter against JFK in Denver. The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Samuelson. Second quarter play getting ready to begin.
The Commanders wasted no time scoring their second touchdown of the game.
Kennedy forced MCHS into a second three and out and scored on their first place of the drive on a touchdown pass from quarterback Braden Miltenberger to push the score to 14-0.
The Moffat County High School varsity football team is seeking its first win of the season today as the Bulldogs play John F. Kennedy High School at Denver All-City Stadium.
The game kicked off at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs struggled with mistakes in a season-opening 17-7 loss Aug. 26 at Evergreen High School before falling 18-yards short in a 32-28 defeat Sept. 2 at home against Aspen High School.
MCHS is without defensive coordinator Lance Scranton today.
Scranton is serving a one-game suspension mandated by the Colorado High School Activities Association after being ejected from the Aspen game.
The Commanders, 2-0 and currently ranked 10th in The Denver Post’s 3A prep rankings, scored 119 combined points in their first two games.
The Bulldogs have to contain Kennedy quarterback Braden Miltenberger, who has six touchdowns on the season, and running back Kyle Trinidad, who has rushed for 400 yards and seven touchdowns.
MCHS head coach Kip Hafey said Kennedy may have the advantage in speed and size, but he believes his players are tougher.
“This game is going to come down to toughness, and I think we win there,” he said Thursday. “Our kids are tough and are not going to give up. They are all confident in what we are going to do and they want to perform well.”