Moffat County football players work on plays during practice this week at the high school. They scrimmage with Coal Ridge in New Castle on Saturday, a week before opening the 2013 season at Ridgeview Academy.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County football players work on plays during practice this week at the high school. They scrimmage with Coal Ridge in New Castle on Saturday, a week before opening the 2013 season at Ridgeview Academy.

Moffat County football prepping for scrimmage at Coal Ridge

— The Colorado high school football season is just more than a week away from beginning, which means final tuneups are underway across the state.

That will be the case for Moffat County’s team Saturday, as it heads to New Castle to take on Coal Ridge High School in a full-team scrimmage, its first time going full contact against another team since the beginning of the summer.

The scrimmage will occur one week before the team’s 2013 season opener Aug. 31 at Ridgeview Academy. So the Bulldogs will be looking for sharpness on offense and defense with just one more week of work before the games start counting.

“We’ll want to execute on offense, and we can’t make mental mistakes,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “Things like being where you’re supposed to be, receivers watching the ball all the way in and everybody doing their jobs.”

Senior Brayden Peterson, a wide receiver on the offense, echoed his coach’s sentiments, saying the intricacies of the Bulldogs’ offense are going to be an important aspect to get right for the team to feel good going forward.

“We need to get our timing down,” Peterson said. “The motion, the snap, the handoffs. Sometimes we’ve looked good and sometimes it’s just a little bit off, but that’s all it takes with our offense. So if we can get the timing down, I think it will give us so much more confidence for the season.”

The Bulldogs scrimmaged with Coal Ridge in Craig before last season’s opener, using a format that allowed each team 10 to 15 consecutive offensive plays regardless of the result of each play. This year’s scrimmage will take on a similar format, allowing teams to get snaps in and proper practice against an opponent, Hafey said.

This will be the second time Moffat County has seen Coal Ridge this summer, giving some players confidence heading into the scrimmage.

“We saw Coal Ridge at camp earlier this summer, so I think we’re going to have a good idea of what they want to do,” Sheldon Greenwood said. “I think we need to run the ball effectively because that’s our base. If we run well, we can do our other stuff.”

Hafey also is excited about the matchup.

“This is a good team to test us,” he said. “Last year (in track), they were the 4x100-meter champs, and three of those four boys are on the football team. So they’re really going to be fast, but it will be fun.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com

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