Craig Senior night went the way all the others have this season for the Moffat County football team at home, with the Bulldogs on the wrong side of a lopsided scoreboard.
Hosting the Western Slope League champion Palisade Bulldogs on Friday in Craig, Moffat County lost its final game of the season, 47-7. It finished the year 2-8 and 1-7 in the league.
“That’s definitely not the way I wanted to go out,” said senior Brayden Peterson, who scored Moffat County’s only touchdown of the game. “But everybody played hard for the seniors tonight.”
The scoring started quickly, as Palisade quarterback Levi Hoaglund took an option-keeper down the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown on Palisade’s first offensive play of the game.
Moffat County looked to respond through the air. The Bulldogs came out passing early and often and connected for a few first downs. But then Joe Camilletti threw just beyond Matt Hamilton’s reach and was intercepted. Dalton Hannigan would finish Palisade’s next drive with a 1-yard run.
On the next Moffat County possession, Camilletti connected with Hamilton for 30 yards but was picked off later on the drive, this time by Robert DeSantis, who brought it back 67 yards for a score.
Finally, the Bulldogs were turned away on downs inside the red zone on their next drive, getting zero points out of three productive drives and falling behind quickly.
“We passed the ball really well,” coach Kip Hafey said. “We got a lot of yards in that first quarter and had some great drives; we just couldn’t finish them. But it was nice to see our boys move the ball like that against the No. 1 team in the state.”
Hannigan scored three more times in the game, including a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. That gave Palisade a 47-0 lead, which it sat on through a running clock in the second half.
Peterson put Moffat County on the board midway through the fourth on a 1-yard run, which he followed up with a carry for the two-point conversion.
It was an unsatisfying end to an unsatisfying season for the senior, but he complimented his teammates’ work ethic.
“We weren’t the biggest and we weren’t the fastest team, but we never gave up and we’ve come so far since the start of the year,” he said. “There were a couple games where I think we could’ve had wins, and we would win if we played those teams right now because we’ve gotten so much better. If they continue to work hard, they’ll have something here in the next couple years.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.