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Moffat County (1-5, 0-4 Western Slope League) at Glenwood Springs (3-3, 3-2 WSL)
7 p.m. Friday
Glenwood Springs High School
After picking up its first win of the season, getting a streak going will be a tall task for the Moffat County football team.
The Bulldogs travel to Glenwood Springs Friday to take on a Demons team in the middle of its mid-season resurgence. Glenwood started the season 0-3 against some of the top teams in the state, but has feasted on its competition since and enters the game with a 3-3 record.
The Demons lost to Conifer (4-2), Palisade (6-0) and Rifle (5-1) in their first three games this season, but were close in each. Since then, they have shut opponents down and righted their season.
Despite the recent results for Glenwood, Moffat County’s Phillip Chadwick believes there could be some favorable matchups in this game for the Bulldogs.
“They don’t have a lot of size, they’re mostly a really quick team,” Chadwick said. “They like to get off the ball and use their speed to beat you.”
Head coach Kip Hafey said the Demons still have plenty of size, but whether they are big or small, it hasn’t affected the team much. On defense, they have given up more than 14 points just once this season, to state No. 1 Palisade in a 34-18 loss.
Last week, they shut out Eagle Valley’s potent running attack in a 19-0 win.
“They’re big and fast, and they know how to get to teams,” Hafey said. “Teams like Rifle, with all their speed, couldn’t get to the edge on (Glenwood). That’s one of the highest scoring offenses in the state and they only got two touchdowns.”
On offense, Glenwood is another team that mostly runs the ball, and gets yardage from a few different sources. Last season, running back Henry Hill demonized Moffat County for 158 yards and three touchdowns in Craig — and he is back as a senior this year.
“He’s really fast and strong,” Hafey said. “But he’s just one of their weapons we have to contain. They’re QB is one of those all-around kids who can throw, and he can run really well.”
Moffat County’s offense has much more success moving the ball in the last two weeks, especially in the power running game and the deep passing game. Chadwick said he thinks that success can continue, but the line of scrimmage will be key.
“They’re not very tall, so I think we can make some big plays in the passing game with me and Matt Hamilton,” he said. “If they get a good push off the ball, Joe (Camilletti) will be scrambling a lot and it will be a rough day. But if we can buy Joe time, we shouldn’t have any problems making some plays.”
With cool, rainy temperatures predicted in Glenwood Friday, another messy game could be in the works for the Bulldogs. Either way, Hafey wants to do the same things Moffat County did well against Summit.
“Turnovers helped us in that game, so it would be nice to get a couple more of those,” he said. “And we had some good drives. We ate up the clock and finished them with points. That’s what we’ve got to do again.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or email@example.com.