Moffat County High School quarterback Matt Hamilton tries to escape a defensive pash rush during an offense/defense drill Thursday at MCHS football camp. The Bulldogs will head to Colorado State University-Pueblo Sunday for their final summer camp.

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Moffat County High School quarterback Matt Hamilton tries to escape a defensive pash rush during an offense/defense drill Thursday at MCHS football camp. The Bulldogs will head to Colorado State University-Pueblo Sunday for their final summer camp.

Football coach pleased with team’s progress

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Moffat County High School football camp

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Moffat County High School football upcoming schedule

Sunday-Wednesday — summer camp at Colorado State University-Pueblo

July: Lifting weights, working out individually

August 13: First day of practice

August 23: Scrimmages start

August 30: Regular season begins

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“We’re going to get to work with alignment and positiong and those are the things you don’t get to see as much scouting on opponent or in the initial camp working on our own offense. So now we’ll have to be able to adjust.”

—Kip Hafey, Moffat County High School football coach, about the advantages of heading to summer football camp at Colorad State University-Pueblo

The Moffat County High School football team has come a long way learning its offensive and defensive sets in a week.

Now the Bulldogs will get to test those sets against some real opponents.

The team’s summer camp held at the MCHS practice fields came to a close Friday and head coach Kip Hafey was happy with what he had seen in the team’s first week together.

“I like the positive attitude, the aggressiveness of the kids, the excitement,” Hafey said. “It’s great seeing these young men out here giving all they’ve got with big smiles on their faces and that sweat on their brow. You’ve got to love it.”

MCHS is switching its offense from power to spread formations, and looking to increase its offensive output in the process. Hafey said he has been surprised with how quickly players are picking up the offense.

“The kids are a lot further than we thought they would be,” he said. “They’re picking it up quick. That’s exciting because that’s our goal, we want to light up that scoreboard this year.”

Incoming senior Michael Samuelson said the new offense has been fun to learn and use during camp. He is looking forward to seeing how it works at CSU-Pueblo.

“Our offenses and defenses are really complicated this year, but our coaches have told us that we’re doing well,” Samuelson said. “Everybody is looking in the signs well, and we’re excited to see the offense in action.”

Thursday and Friday were the first days of camp in which full-contact was permitted, and Hafey said he and the coaches had to keep players in check.

“They were excited about contact,” he said. “We had a really quick whistle, we were stopping them quick and they were begging for more. But we knew we had to stop them because we have a big week coming up.”

Samuelson admitted the players are ready to do some serious hitting.

“We’re all definitely pumped up,” he said. “There’s just a different feeling in the air. Everybody is pumped up to get some hitting in.”

With the camp at MCHS concluded, the Bulldogs will head to Colorado State University-Pueblo from Sunday through Wednesday, where they will get to test their work from this week against other high schools.

“We’re going to see a lot of quality schools there,” Hafey said. We’re going to see a lot of different offenses, lot of different defenses.

“We’re going to get to work with alignment and positioning and those are the things you don’t get to see as much scouting one opponent or in the initial camp working on our own offense. So now we’ll have to be able to adjust. That’s going to be the big difference at (Pueblo).”

Samuelson thinks the extra week of practice is going to be huge for the team at camp and during the fall.

“Camp has gone great,” he said. “We had high expectations and we’re meeting those so far. Words can’t describe how great an opportunity this has been for us and I think it’s going to help us have a great year.”

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