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What: MCHS football vs. Battle Mountain
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane
— The game is MCHS' last home contest of the season and also serves as senior night
Coming down to the wire, it’s do or die time for the Moffat County High School football team.
The Bulldogs will play Battle Mountain Friday night for a chance to improve to 5-4 and be over .500 for the first time since, Sept. 14, when a win over Steamboat Springs propelled them to 2-1. A win would also keep Moffat County in the playoff hunt.
A loss would have the opposite effect, and also stick the Bulldogs with the dubious distinction of giving Battle Mountain its first win the of the season.
It’s been a season to forget for the Huskies, who have started 0-8 with five of those losses coming by 40 points or more. Their closest losses have been by 14 to Summit County and Montezuma-Cortez, two teams Moffat County beat handily.
But the perceived mismatch does not mean anything in head coach Kip Hafey’s eyes. Hafey and the Bulldogs know they are in a must-win situation, and do not plan on taking the Huskies lightly.
“They go on a great playoff run last year, and they’ve struggled this year,” Hafey said. “But it’s like I’ve said, you can’t look past anyone in our league. Our league is too tough for us to do that.”
Hafey also knows the recent weather developments could play a role in the game.
“There’s going to be snow on the field, it’s going to be cold and wet,” he said. “That will give defenses a chance to create turnovers. Weather is the great equalizer.”
If Battle Mountain is to make things interesting, it will be on the legs of their top two running backs, Blaise Olle and Keenan Bowman. Each have rushed for two touchdowns this season and and average better than 4.5 yards per carry.
The Bulldog run defense will need to be stout, as Battle Mountain runs almost exclusively.
“They run the double wing, same as they did last year,” Hafey said. “They try to get you off balance and overload you. This week it’s going to be four yards and a pile of snow.”
Friday’s game doubles as senior night, the final time a group of 16 seniors will play at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.
Hafey knows the significance it adds to a game.
“It’s a great night to honor the seniors and their parents that have been with us the past four years, and some of them even before that in junior high,” Hafey said. “Four years of sticking through hard practices and all that. We want to go out with a bang. We want them to go out with a great game and something to be proud of. Hopefully every one of the seniors will have a big night.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press game coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.