Moffat County blasts Basalt, 38-7, in Homecoming hurrah | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County blasts Basalt, 38-7, in Homecoming hurrah

Moffat County High School'sMoffat County High School’s pattern of win-loss-win-loss has been broken. Shattered, more like it. pattern of win-loss-win-loss has been broken. Shattered, more like it.

Moffat County High School's pattern of win-loss-win-loss has been broken. Shattered, more like it.

The Bulldogs were at their finest Friday for the Homecoming game against Basalt, taking a 38-7 win against the Longhorns.

Though the meeting between the two Western Slope North League teams wasn't officially finished until the final whistle blew and Nate Baker and Kaden Hafey sent a cooler of wet stuff over the heads of those on the sidelines, the Dogs had no issues keeping control.

Following the presentation of the game ball via Classic Air Medical helicopter to get people excited, Moffat County Booster Club fireworks lit up the sky for the first of many Bulldog touchdowns as quarterback Keenan Hildebrandt got the first score on a rush from 40 midway through the first quarter. Following were touchdowns from Eddie Smercina and Brett Loyd — who had 21 points on his lonesome with three TDs and the team's first field goal of the year — as the offense rocked Basalt and defense disrupted opposing QB Miles Levy constantly, from interceptions by Dylan Kincade and Isaac Montoya, a fumble recovery by John T Peroulis and a crucial sack by Hugo Hernandez.

At halftime, ahead, 20-0, the team hit the locker room and the MCHS band took the field for a medley that included songs by Fall Out Boy, with Wes Atkin — who, along with Bailey Baker, received Homecoming royalty — and Bekah Bird.

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"I'm just really relieved it went so smoothly," Atkin said of the performance.

Freshmen Sadea Reidhead and Brianna Burkett enjoyed the music, the cheer routine and the additional fireworks, but the best thing was their class float winning the school's competition, with the senior class taking top spirit honors.

The imminent Bulldog win was also a plus, they added.

"Being ahead this much at halftime is a pretty big bonus," Burkett laughed.

Head coach Keith Gille sent in most of the Bulldog roster as the game grew increasingly one-sided, and Basalt got on the board late in the final quarter with a nine-yard pass from Levy to Cameron Firmin for their only TD.

Though the shutout was denied, the lack of turnovers and the move to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the WSNL was all Gille needed to see.

"This is huge for our confidence, huge for our kids, huge for our school," he said.

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