Quarterback Matt Hamilton tries to avoid the defensive rush at Moffat County High School during the football team’s camp in June. The Bulldogs' schedule for this season has been released. The first game is Saturday, Sept. 1 against Ridgeview Academy at home.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Quarterback Matt Hamilton tries to avoid the defensive rush at Moffat County High School during the football team’s camp in June. The Bulldogs' schedule for this season has been released. The first game is Saturday, Sept. 1 against Ridgeview Academy at home.

Bulldogs' 2012 football slate set

Ten-game schedule includes six home games for MCHS

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Moffat County High School linemen square off during a team drill at the football team’s summer camp in late June. The team is less than a month away from its first game Sept. 1.

Moffat Count High School varsity football schedule for 2012:

(Date — opponent — time/location)

• Sept. 1 — Ridgeview Academy — noon/MCHS

• Sept. 7 — Rifle High School — 7 p.m./MCHS

• Sept. 14 — Steamboat Springs High School — 7 p.m./Steamboat Springs

• Sept. 21 — Delta High School — 7 p.m./MCHS

• Sept. 28 — Eagle Valley High School — 7 p.m./Gypsum

• Oct. 5 — Summit High School — 7 p.m./MCHS

• Oct. 11 — Glenwood Springs High School — 7 p.m./MCHS

• Oct. 19 — Montezuma-Cortez High School — 7 p.m./Cortez

• Oct. 26 — Battle Mountain High School — 7 p.m./MCHS

• Nov. 2 — Palisade High School — 7 p.m./Palisade


Quotable

“I think we got some good teams and some fun games in (the football schedule).”

—Jeff Simon, Moffat County School District athletic director, abut the Moffat County High School football team’s schedule this season

Staying in the 3A classification this year means the Moffat County High School football team will play mostly familiar teams.

But, three new opponents also appear on the Bulldogs’ schedule for 2012.

After a 3-7 season in 2011, MCHS will look to get off to a hot start, playing games against all the teams it beat last year over the first half of the 2012 season.

MCHS foes in 2012 amassed a 48-54 regular season record last year, highlighted by the team from Rifle High School going undefeated and making the final eight in the Class 3A state championships. Including Rifle, three teams on this year’s schedule made the state playoffs.

Battle Mountain High School was knocked out in the first round after a 9-1 regular season and Palisade High School made the state semifinals, finishing 10-3 on the season.

Schedules work on two-year cycles in which teams alternate home and away games.

Having to set up a new set of non-conference opponents, Moffat County School District Athletic Director Jeff Simon was pleased with how the schedule worked out.

“I think we got some good teams and some fun games in there,” Simon said. “We’ve got Ridgeview (Academy) as a new non-league game, and we’ll be going to Cortez (to play Montezuma-Cortez High School). The schedule is great.”

Cortez once played in the Western Slope League, and is returning to the league this season.

In addition to new teams Ridgeview and Cortez, the Bulldogs will play Summit High School in the sixth game Oct. 5.

Summit went 6-4 last season, including 2-1 against teams MCHS will play this year.

“Summit’s tough every year,” MCHS head football coach Kip Hafey said. “We don’t know as much about them, but that’s going to be the homecoming game. That could be kind of fun playing a new team for homecoming. It’s usually against a conference team.”

By remaining in Class 3A this year, MCHS will play in one of the state’s top conferences, Hafey said.

“Our league, year in and year out for the past decade, it seems like has had somebody playing for the championship or winning it,” Hafey said.

“I believe it’s the toughest 3A league in the state.

“The great thing about it is, you know in our league if you get yourself into the state tournament, you’re going to have a shot at the title.”

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