Craig With Steamboat beating up on Moffat County in the rivals' varsity football game earlier this season, it was up to the C team from Moffat County to avenge their upperclassmen.
The group of mostly freshmen did just that Tuesday afternoon, beating the Sailors, 38-0. They used a combination of big plays and lengthy drives, along with an unyielding defense, to come away from the Bulldog Proving Grounds with another win.
The C team started hot and never looked back. On its first offensive play, Bulldogs quarterback Keenan Hildebrandt found Kearn Gerber on a 40-yard touchdown pass. The play came as an audible at the line, with Moffat County seeing Gerber in a favorable matchup on the outside.
After taking a 14-0 lead into the second quarter, the Bulldogs showed they could score the old-fashioned way, as well. They chewed up nearly seven minutes of clock and picked up five first downs on a drive that ended with a touchdown plunge from Hildebrandt to make it 20-0.
In the second half, it was back to the big plays. Joe Selbach intercepted an ill-advised option pitch from Steamboat and ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown, making it 32-0 in the fourth.
Running back Hugo Hernandez gave Moffat County its final score of the game when he broke outside on a fourth and four play, rumbling for another 40-yard score.
Moffat County’s defense bent, but never broke. On a couple of occasions, Steamboat’s offense moved the ball deep into Moffat County territory but never was able to finish a drive. The Bulldogs turned them away on fourth down on multiple occasions.
The win pushed the C team’s record this year to 7-1, an encouraging mark for the players who will carry the load Friday nights in the years to come.
Moffat County and Steamboat will square off one more time this football season, when they play in Steamboat on Oct. 28.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.