Just past the midway point of the season, Moffat County hits the road again for its final nonconference game of the season.
The Bulldogs travel to Frisco to take on Summit High School beginning an hour earlier than usual, at 6 p.m. Friday. The 1-3 Tigers beat up on Battle Mountain in their opening game of the season but have struggled since, losing their past two games by a combined 88 points.
But in between that, Summit lost a tight game at home against Steamboat, eventually losing, 37-32.
“They lost to two top-10 teams,” head coach Kip Hafey said about Tigers opponents Lutheran and D’Evelyn. “Our common opponent is Steamboat, who they only lost to by four or five. So are we the underdog again? Absolutely. But our kids have grown each week.”
If you go
What: Moffat County (0-5, 0-4 Western Slope League) at Summit High School (1-3, 0-2 Metro-West League)
When: 6 p.m. Friday
The Tigers operate with a stable of running backs out of a shotgun Wing-T formation, similar to Eagle Valley’s running attack with the exception of it being more spread out before the snap.
“It’s a lot like Eagle Valley except it’s shotgun,” Joe Camilletti said. “We can’t let the reverses beat us. Those killed us last week.”
On the offensive side, Moffat County hopes to build on the successful passing game it produced last week, against which Summit looks susceptible.
“The cornerbacks play deep, like 7 yards off the line,” Camilletti said. “So we want to get some of those quick passes, and then catch them sneaking up and burn them deep when we get the chance.”
Weather likely will play a factor in the game, however, with a 90 percent chance of snow and projected temperatures dropping into the teens Friday night in Frisco. Camilletti admitted that messy conditions might force Moffat County to stick with the run more.
Hafey pointed out that snow, while difficult on quarterbacks, also can make life tough on defensive backs trying to stick with wide receivers when they make their cuts.
“If they don’t respect (our passing game), we’ll put the ball in the air,” Hafey said. “If that’s what we need to do to win, we’ll do it. Either way, it’s going to be Ironman football. We have to be ready to get cold and wet and be mentally tough.”
The game is Summit’s homecoming game, meaning the Bulldogs likely will be combating a big crowd on the road. But the team has gained confidence after moving the ball against Eagle Valley.
“That game gave us confidence,” Camilletti said. “There is a change in the mentality, where we think we can do something this week.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.