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Moffat County (1-7, 0-6 Western Slope League) at Battle Mountain (0-8, 0-6 WSL)
7 p.m. Friday
In its second-to-last game this season, Moffat County hits the road one last time with a chance to pick up its second win of the season.
The Bulldogs will travel to Edwards on Friday — the home of the Battle Mountain Huskies, looking to pick up their first win of the season.
It is a matchup of the two bottom teams in the 3A Western Slope League this season, and a shot for Moffat County (1-7, 0-6 Western Slope League) to pick up a league win. The Huskies (0-8, 0-6) have struggled all season, losing every game but one by 40 points or more.
In that one game, however, the Huskies led Steamboat Springs in Steamboat through three quarters, before the Sailors scored a couple of touchdowns to take a 26-17 win.
“They were beating Steamboat into the fourth quarter,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “They made some good plays, had some long screens for touchdowns in that game.”
The screen pass and misdirection in the running game is how Battle Mountain looks to move the ball, and the Bulldogs have fallen victim to misdirection this season.
“They throw a screen pass to my side a lot,” senior Jesse Demoor said. “I saw that on film. So I’ve got to settle at the heels and sit until I see the ball.”
The screen seeks to trick the defensive front into getting up the field quickly, then putting the ball behind them with space to run. Out of the double wing and wishbone formations, the Huskies like to run reverses and try to trick the defense, Hafey said, so Moffat County will have to be disciplined.
“We’ve got to play our game and stay on our keys,” he said. “We have to keep track of the ball.”
On offense, Moffat County hopes to exploit a Battle Mountain defense that has been porous all season. That means using the run to set up the pass, Hafey said.
“We’ve got to play our game, hold onto the ball and run our option,” he said. “Then we’ll spread them out and put it in the air. It all starts with our O-line, giving us time to make plays.”
Demoor, an offensive lineman, felt the same way, wanting the team to just do what it does best with the ball.
“We need to do what we know for offense,” he said. “We’ve got to stay on our blocks the whole time and we’ll move the ball.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.