Not even a successful Hail Mary could save the Bulldogs Thursday night.
After a poor first half that saw Moffat County miss connections on several pass long pass plays, Bubba Ivers hit Jarret Walt from 55 yards out. Ivers’ throw came as time expired in the half, and gave Moffat County momentum going into the break.
It was a play Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth had not seen successful in years.
“I’ve watched enough football before that I’ve seen it happen, it just hadn’t happened to me in a lot of years,” Whitworth said. “It was just one of those things where the defensive back let him get behind and the quarterback made a great play.”
But it was not enough to recover from an early deficit to Glenwood Springs, as Moffat County fell, 35-18.
"We came out rolling in the second half, but got bogged down on a couple drives," head coach Kip Hafey said. "We couldn't finish off a couple drives, and we just couldn't make it happen in the end."
The Demons (3-4, 3-3 Western Slope League) built a 14-0 first quarter lead on the strength of junior Henry Hill’s running. Hill first broke out untouched up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown. He would then follow up a 32-yard run with a one yard score, giving the Demons their lead with 5:44 left in the first.
Michael Samuelson would get the Bulldogs on the board almost on his own. The senior carried the ball all six plays on a Moffat County drive, including a 31-yard run to score in the second quarter.
Moffat County ran its offense from under center about half its plays in this game, a departure from the spread-exclusive offense the Bulldogs have run this season. For much of the game, it produced results.
But the Glenwood offense was producing as well. In the second quarter, the Demons did damage through the air, with Travis Lundin finding Caiden Sorensen for a 34-yard touchdown and a 22-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left in the half. That set the stage for the Moffat County Hail Mary.
In the second half, Moffat County struck first after recovering fumbled Glenwood snap. Samuelson would finish the drive off with a one yard run after Ivers converted on third and 20.
A scary moment came midway through the third quarter, when Glenwood defender Collin Schriber went down after making a stop and held his head. After about 15 minutes, he was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Whitworth said from what he knew, the injury was not severe.
“I think he’s fine,” he said. “All indications are that he’s fine at this point, but I’m not sure. He was showing all good signs and (the trainers) just wanted to make sure.”
After play resumed, both teams were sloppy, committing several penalties. Eventually, Glenwood broke through with a lengthy drive in the fourth quarter to take a 17 point lead with 5:12 remaining.
The score would come on a one-yard run by Hill, but it came after a fourth down and nine scramble for a first from Lundin.
Hafey said Moffat County missed on too many opportunities to win in the game.
“When opportunities arise you’ve got to seize them,” he said. “We had a couple times with guys open. One time our receiver was uncovered, wide open. We’ve got to execute when we’ve got those. In the second half we had good drives that fizzled and couldn’t finish.”
Moffat County travels to Cortez next week, while Glenwood will play at Evergreen.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.