It took most of the season, but the Bulldogs football C team finally broke through.
Bolstered by the help of a couple sophomores, Moffat County’s team of underclassmen picked up its first win of the season Tuesday when it beat Steamboat Springs 35-0 at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.
The team, which is composed of mostly freshman, got a boost from sophomores Matt Hamilton and Phillip Chadwick, who have played a very limited amount for the varsity team this season.
“His time on varsity, (Hamilton) had just run a few plays,” coach Shane Hadley said. “He’s likely our guy next year so we talked about it and at some point it’s good to get those guys playing time.”
With Hamilton playing quarterback, the Moffat County offense drove down the field methodically to open the game. When the drive appeared to have stalled in the red zone, the Bulldogs called a running play on fourth down and seven. It caught the Steamboat defense off guard, resulting in a 14-yard touchdown run by Shandon Hadley.
The score would remain the same until several Bulldogs got into the backfield on defense and forced a fumble before a pass could be thrown. It was scooped up by Dwayne Wiseman and returned 45 yards for a score.
Pressure on the quarterback would be a theme for the Bulldogs throughout the game, as they constantly hurried throws or got sacks, including five from freshman Kody Fief.
Moffat County would hold off a Steamboat push late in the half, forcing a turnover on downs in the red zone to go into the break with a 14-0 lead.
In the third quarter, another long, methodical drive from the Bulldogs, in which they picked up several first downs and ate up lots of clock, resulted in a one yard TD run by Hadley.
Late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs would be set up with excellent field position after an interception return to the 20-yard line. Chadwick would be the benefactor, with a bruising 10-yard run off tackle into the end zone.
“I told him if he blocked well, he could get a carry,” Hadley said. “So that was his reward.”
Shandon Hadley would tack on the final score of the game as the Bulldogs ran clock down in the fourth quarter, his third of the game. It was the first win of the season for the team, and unsurprisingly their best performance of the season
“All of our young kids that we’ve expected to step up did step up,” coach Hadley said. “They finished too, and that was the most important thing.”
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