The Moffat County football team wants to swarm Eagle Valley's running attack, as they did here in practice at MCHS. The Bulldogs (0-4) host the Devils (3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Craig.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

The Moffat County football team wants to swarm Eagle Valley's running attack, as they did here in practice at MCHS. The Bulldogs (0-4) host the Devils (3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Craig.

Moffat County looking to shut down Eagle Valley running attack

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What: Eagle Valley (3-1, 1-1 Western Slope League) at Moffat County (0-4, 0-3 WSL)football game

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Bulldog Proving Grounds at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

CMS wins two more

The Craig Middle School football teams kept their win streaks going Wednesday in Meeker.

The seventh-grade team beat Meeker Middle School 20-8, and the eighth-grade team won, 42-20. The Bulldogs trailed 20-12 at halftime, but shut Meeker out in the second half.

Both teams play at Rifle Middle School on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Moffat County football will host the Eagle Valley Devils Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, looking to pick up its first win of the season.

Last year, the Bulldogs visited Eagle Valley in a key Western Slope League matchup, entering the game with a 2-2 record against the 3-1 Devils. They were trampled that night and never able to get their season record over .500 the rest of the way, while Eagle Valley made a run to the second round of the playoffs.

This year’s game is happening under different circumstances, with Moffat County winless so far and the Devils again entering at 3-1, with the postseason in their sights.

On paper, Eagle Valley looks like a heavy favorite, having beaten Steamboat 48-12 in the second week of the season. But the Bulldogs will look to shut down the Devils’ running game and pick up a home win.

“They are a run-heavy team,” said head coach Kip Hafey. “You can’t make mistakes on them, or they’ll make you pay for it.”

Eagle Valley runs the double wing formation, similar to Rifle High School, offering them a variety of running options on every play. They utilize multiple options on most plays, using fakes and play action to keep a defense off balance.

“There is lots of misdirection in their offense,” Hafey said. “You’ve got to read the linemen, because they do counter so much, and they have tremendous speed.”

The Devil offense is a very different one from the Delta offense Moffat County squared off against next week, which beat the Bulldogs with a potent passing attack. But selling out to defend the run is not an option this week, as the Devils have shown an ability to get big plays out of the play action passing game, Hafey said.

“They are sneaky about" passing, he said. “Our defensive backs have got to be on their game, because you want to help with run pursuit, but the second they see our DBs creeping up, they’ll pass on us.”

For the Moffat County offense, which has struggled to get anything going all season, the goal is to build on a lengthy drive the Bulldogs opened with against Delta last week.

“We want to get drives like that first one against Delta, and finish them,” Hafey said. “That will come from getting on our blocks and sustaining them.”

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