Craig After a miserable start to the season, the Moffat County football team built off its minor success last week, and it paid off as the team kicked off the second half of the season with a win.
The Bulldogs (1-5) went down to Frisco and beat the Summit High School Tigers (1-4), 28-21, in a tight game played through a blowing snowstorm. The Bulldogs scored 28 straight points after falling behind in the first half and closed the game out in the fourth quarter on both sides of the ball.
“The kids played hard, and we had a good night,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “It didn’t stop snowing the entire night, the wind was howling the entire night. They went out and played their guts out. Our defense had three turnovers and one touchdown — incredible effort from them.”
After a scoreless first quarter, things took a turn the way they have in most of Moffat County’s games this season. Summit was able to move the ball and score to go ahead 7-0 on a touchdown run from Luke Egging. Phillip Chadwick returned it into Summit territory but fumbled the ball at the end of the return.
A few plays later, Egging found a receiver for a score, and the Bulldogs had surrendered 14 points in just more than 60 seconds.
Where in past weeks the situation has just gotten worse, Moffat County responded Friday. It recovered an onside kick attempt from Summit, and a few plays later, Joe Camilletti found Matt Hamilton in a one-on-one situation along the sideline, and the rangy wide receiver hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-8 on a two-point conversion by Chadwick.
Hamilton intercepted an Egging pass that was tipped by Brett Loyd on the next possession, and Moffat County pushed the ball into the Tigers’ red zone. They were turned away, however, on fourth and goal.
But with less than a minute left deep in its own territory, Summit chose to run a play instead of taking a knee and paid the price. Senior end Jesse Demoor stripped Egging of the ball and scored, making it 15-14 at the intermission.
After a defensive stop, Brayden Peterson broke free of a scrum near the line of scrimmage and outran everyone for a 75-yard touchdown to make it 21-14. The senior ran for more than 100 yards for the second straight week. Camilletti would find Hamilton again later in the third to make it 28-14.
“Our offense was ground and pound,” Hafey said. “They pounded the ball and set up the pass. We got two great passes through our running game and scored on them.”
Moffat County’s one major miscue in the second half was an errant snap on a punt, giving Summit good field position. They would score on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it a 28-21 game but never threatened after that.
That was because Moffat County closed the game out. In two offensive possessions, the Bulldogs worked more than seven minutes off the clock, and they kept the Tigers from moving the ball as the clock ticked down.
“The kids stepped up and executed well,” Hafey said. “They responded well to adversity. When there were momentum shifts, they didn’t let it affect them.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.