The Bulldogs would not be denied a good time on senior night.
Neither the chilly weather nor the Battle Mountain Huskies could slow down a potent Bulldogs attack Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, as the Moffat County football team cruised to a 48-14 win.
The Bulldogs went three and out on their first drive of the game, but were not stopped much after that. In a 90-second span, Moffat County broke the game open, scoring three touchdowns with big play after big play to create a 23-0 lead.
The first break came when Moffat County blocked a Battle Mountain punt. Two plays later, Bubba Ivers connected with Jacob Teeter for a five yard touchdown pass.
On Battle Mountain’s next offensive play, Josh Pritchard recovered a Huskies fumble. Again, two plays later the Bulldogs found the end zone, this time on a 15-yard touchdown run from Michael Samuelson.
The Bulldogs recovered the ensuing onside kick, which bounced perfectly over the front line of Battle Mountain’s kickoff return team. Ivers did the damage himself on the next play, breaking a tackle and running for 43 yards and a touchdown on an option keeper.
The first score came with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter. The third was with 5:43 left, making it a devastating stretch for the Huskies.
“It was like a tidal wave,” head coach Kip Hafey said of the run. “They kept the pressure on (Battle Mountain) and put them down early. You could see it take the wind out of them.”
Ivers knew getting on the board early would be a key for the team.
“We always have a good game when we jump out quick,” he said. “When we get the ball, we drive down the field and score a touchdown. Then we’re just in tune for the rest of the game.”
Battle Mountain struck back with a 45-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, catching Moffat County off guard by going to the air. But the Bulldogs would respond with a lengthy, methodical drive and another Samuelson TD.
The second half produced more memorable moments for the Moffat County seniors, including a 65-yard Ivers scamper on the second play of the half. Many underclassmen got playing time in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs coasted to the 48-14 final.
It was a fun way for 16 seniors to spend their final game at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.
“It kind of sucks that it’s over, but it was a really good way to go out for us,” Ivers said. “The ride’s still not over. If we win we could go the playoffs. That’s what we’re planning on.”
Hafey echoed his quarterback.
“Super proud of this senior class,” Hafey said. “They’re fighting hard and they never give up. I’ll tell you what, it’s not over yet. We’re going to prepare hard for Palisade next week.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.