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To open its season, the Moffat County High School football team will be playing against a team with contrasting style.
The Bulldog’s switch to a spread offense this season is well known by now. Their opponents today will run an offense that looks similar to what MCHS has done in the past.
Head coach Kip Hafey said Ridge View Academy, a school from Watkins, runs a power offense which will feature a great deal of running from the I-formation.
“They run a lot of I-backfield and they run a lot of old-school, smash-mouth football so they’re gonna come at you,” Hafey said. “They’ve got some big linemen so we’re going to have to use fundamentals to establish the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively in the trenches.”
Ridge View had a difficult season last year, going 1-9. That doesn’t mean Hafey is any less concerned about the challenges the team presents.
Hafey said Ridge View will have a bigger line than Moffat County on both sides of the ball, meaning the line of scrimmage will be a key battle to the game.
“If we can (control the line) defensively we’re going to be able to slow down their offense,” Hafey said. “Vice-versa on our offense, if our guys do well with their double teams we’re going to get some push and that’s going to be key to getting yards on offense and sustaining drives.”
While Hafey said he saw an aggressive defense from Ridge View on film, the defense MCHS sees today will likely be different.
“They were not playing a spread team in the film, so we’re pretty positive they won’t be in the same defense when they play us,” he said. “We’re going to have to make adjustments based on how they line up against us and go from there.”
The Bulldogs will look to impose their will on Ridge View like they did against Coal Ridge in a scrimmage last week.
The best way to get that done, Hafey said, will be eliminatig mistakes.
“The number one thing we want is to execute,” Hafey said. “We want to limit our mistakes, especially early in the season. We want to play fundamentally sound football. Early in the season if you’re not disciplined it can really come back to bite you, and not just that, you can really take advantage of another team that’s not as disciplined.
“It can be a big advantage in week one.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Bulldogs results throughout the season on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.