Box score from the Moffat County High School varsity football team’s game Saturday against John F. Kennedy High School at Denver All-City Stadium:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 7 — 7 — 0 — 8 — 22
• Kennedy — 20 — 18 —13 — 0
(Name — stats)
• Bubba Ivers — 79 passing yards, 118 rushing yards
• Michael Samuelson — 167 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
• Miguel Molina — 61 receiving yards
The Moffat County High School varsity football team learned Saturday that size and speed can change the dynamics of any game, head coach Kip Hafey said.
The Bulldogs took on John F. Kennedy High School at Denver All-City Stadium, where the Commanders’ bigger and faster players overwhelmed the MCHS defense in a 51-22 defeat for Moffat County.
MCHS will head into Western Slope League play Friday with a 0-3 record.
“(Kennedy) has extremely fast kids and it hurt us on both sides of the ball,” Hafey said. “Despite the loss, our players played well, but their team speed was definitely a determining factor.”
Kennedy (3-0) outscored the Bulldogs 38-14 in the first half, in large part due to senior quarter, Braden Miltenberger.
Miltenberger threw for four touchdowns and 184 yards in the first half.
“It was difficult for our defense because we mixed up our coverage and it wasn’t that we played bad coverage, but (Kennedy’s) receivers just outran us,” Hafey said. “We put some pressure on the quarterback with some rushes, but they are a good team.”
Miltenberger finished the game with five touchdowns and 305 yards passing.
Kennedy’s running back, Kyle Trinidad, rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns and added one receiving touchdown.
MCHS junior Michael Samuelson scored all three touchdowns for the Bulldogs on the ground, putting up 167 rushing yards.
Samuelson scored on a two-yard run in the first quarter and again on a three-yard run in the second.
Down 51-14 in the fourth quarter, Samuelson scored the only touchdown for either team in the final quarter.
“Our line opened good holes for (Samuelson) and he did really well,” Hafey said. “When he found the hole, he would bust through and break tackles and picked up more yards. He worked really hard all night.”
MCHS junior Bubba Ivers passed for 79 yards and rushed for 118 yards in the game.
Ivers had fewer than 30 passing yards combined in the first two games of the season.
“(Kennedy) really contained our run to the outside, so we did pretty well up the middle, but passing was always in our game plan,” Hafey said. “We knew coming in with the speed they had we would have to pass, and I was pleased with what our guys were able to do.”
Saturday’s contest was the second straight game the Bulldogs have allowed a quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards.
Aspen High School’s Tucker Beirne threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns Sept. 2 at MCHS.
Hafey said pass protection is something that will come in time.
“We are going to have to keep working hard against the pass in practice,” he said. “It is just one of those things we need to get better at executing and it will take practice to get there.”
The Bulldogs will host Delta High School at 7 p.m. Friday.
MCHS has finished with a 6-4 record the past two seasons and narrowly missed the playoffs both years.
Heading into WSL play with a 0-3 record, Hafey said his players know how important it is to get the team’s first win.
“We looked at our three non-conference games as preseason, and now that is over and the real season starts,” he said. “If we can compete in our league and get to the playoffs, we know we will have a shot to do big things.”
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