When Moffat County traveled to Rifle on Friday night to take on the high-powered Bears, the team knew it would be going up against one of its toughest opponents this season.
There was no upset in the cards at Bears Stadium, as Rifle set the tone for the game early and quickly separated from Moffat County for a 62-0 win. Rifle improved to 2-0, while the Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 this season.
The game began in the worst way possible for the Bulldogs. After receiving the opening kickoff, Moffat County punted after three plays into a stiff wind. On its first play from scrimmage, Rifle ran 46 yards for a touchdown with running back Javier Nunez.
Three Moffat County plays later, there was another punt, followed by 41-yard touchdown run by Nunez, making it 13-0 less than three minutes into the game.
“They are explosive,” said coach Kip Hafey. “They have so many fast guys, and they’re big. It was nothing fancy (on those plays), you just saw their speed and size on display.”
Rifle added two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter, putting the game out of reach early.
In the second quarter, Moffat County was able to drive against the Bears but never was able to turn it into points. On one drive, the Bulldogs pushed it into the red zone and Phillip Chadwick caught a pass in the back of the end zone on the drive but was ruled out of bounds.
Coming away with zero points was a tough pill to swallow for Moffat County, which either had every promising drive stall or come undone because of a turnover.
“I know we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we can pull it off,” said Cory Summers about the attitude he has about the team going forward. “It’s just got to be us pulling it all together.”
Rifle continued to score on big plays the rest of the way, including a 90-yard touchdown run from senior Kellin Leigh, his second score of the game. Rifle took a 43-0 lead into halftime and didn’t look back in the second, even once the second team went into the game.
“I’m proud of our boys. Our kids played hard all the way,” Hafey said. “They laid some hits and played physical. That’s just a great team we played.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org