Craig With the end of its season on the horizon, finishing strong was on the Moffat County C football team’s mind.
The Bulldogs did just that, beating Battle Mountain, 42-0, on Thursday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds and polishing off an 8-2 2013 season.
Thursday’s game, while more lopsided than many of the Bulldogs’ results this season, was won in the same way the rest have been all year: with a strong running attack and stout defense.
The game started that way, with Moffat County receiving the opening kickoff and running the ball four straight times for modest yardage. On the fifth play from scrimmage, however, Hugo Hernandez broke through the left side of the line and ran 68 yards for a touchdown to make it 6-0.
On the next possession, Battle Mountain moved backward from penalties and sacks and gave the ball back to the Bulldogs near the 20. Moffat scored on the next play, making it 14-0 with 5:47 left in the first quarter.
“The key to this team’s success is they enjoyed each other, they were an excitable bunch, they worked hard and enjoyed the game,” coach Jim Neton said.
In the second quarter, Moffat County put up 22 more puts, led off by a 5-yard pass from Keenan Hildebrandt to Conner Scranton. Hernandez also would bring a punt back 80 yards for a touchdown to put the game well out of reach.
It was the right way to end a successful season for the C team, which gets most of its contributions from freshmen in their first year of high school football.
“We worked hard all year, and the coaches put us in a position to win,” said Joe Selbach, a linebacker and tailback for the team.
While the Bulldogs had a few games like Thursday's where they easily won, there also were tight games and a couple of losses, but no matter what, they played the same way, Selbach said.
“We stuck together, and we never yelled at each other,” he said. “Even when we were down a few points, it was about playing for us.”
As mostly freshmen with some sophomores filling out the team, the C team’s success has Moffat County’s future in football looking bright.
“I’ll never forget this group, and we’ll be seeing them the next two, three years,” coach Shane Hadley said after Thursday’s game.
But being good as freshmen doesn’t always translate to the varsity level. The coaches and players understand that they will need to continue improving and keep having good numbers on the football team.
Coaches hope the completion of a fun first season will be the catalyst to keep students coming back. With Selbach, they have at least one convert.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “I’ve never had so much fun in my life. I’m going to be playing football as long as I can.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.