Craig What started out looking much better for the Moffat County football team ended up with a similar result Friday.
For the third time in as many weeks, the Bulldogs gave up more than 50 points and could get nothing going on offense. They lost, 53-7, at Delta on Friday and fell to 0-4 this season.
Moffat County started the game much stronger than its contests against Rifle and Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and put together a strong opening drive, getting four first downs and pushing the ball into Delta territory.
But the drive stalled, and Moffat County turned the ball over on downs. Delta then took just a couple of plays to score on a 43-yard play.
“We had a great drive going, and then, man, it just stalled out on us,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “We weren’t able to come up with the first down, but I was really pleased with our first drive. Then after that, some turnovers got the best of us.”
From there on, it was more of the same issues that have plagued Moffat County this season. The Bulldogs turned the ball over in both the passing and running game and could not contain Delta’s high-powered offense.
Panthers quarterback Cade Gafford picked apart Moffat County’s defense. The 6-6 junior was nearly perfect on the night, combining with wideout Ryan Whiteside on multiple scores in the game.
“I’m not sure exactly what he was, but he was a pretty high percentage,” Hafey said about Gafford. “We had some pretty good coverage on some of those throws, but he put the ball right on the money. He was throwing a good ball.”
The passing game kept Moffat County off balance, and turnovers or quick possessions ending in punts kept giving the ball back to the Panthers.
Joe Camilletti would get Moffat County on the board when he broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, but the game was far beyond reach at that point.
“I thought our offense did a much better job moving the ball” Friday night, Hafey said. “Our kids fought hard. That’s just a really good Delta team we played.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.