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Moffat County football hit hard by 41-0 loss to Rifle

Moffat County High School quarterback Keenan Hildebrandt jukes out of a Rifle tackle late in the game Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. MCHS was beaten, 41-0, by the Bears.

The Bulldogs knew they were in for one of the tougher matches of the season Friday night, but that didn't make the eventual defeat any easier to take.

Moffat County High School moved to 1-1 after a 41-0 loss to Rifle at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

The Bears' rush game proved too much for Moffat County, as Rifle's running backs found the end zone repeatedly, most notably Tyler Bosshardt who crossed the goal line three times in the first half, the longest of which was an 89-yard jaunt not long after a loss of the ball for Moffat County that was ruled a fumble recovery for the boys in blue and gold.

Bosshardt was also responsible for an end zone interception in the third quarter that robbed the Craig kids of what looked like a certain score.

Misfortune struck MCHS repeatedly despite many starts at a rally, particularly in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Keenan Hildebrandt and company started at the 1-yard line and began picking up momentum starting with a 16-yard catch by Shandon Hadley that got them some breathing room.

Hadley was bound for the end zone minutes later with a 35-yard rush that put the Bulldogs in scoring position, but the combination of Rifle D and a running clock stamped out the chance of avoiding the shutout.

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Hadley finished with 43 rushing yards and 33 receiving, while Brett Loyd ran for 73 and caught for five. Eddie Smercina rushed for 57 yards, and Connor Scranton received 12.

Between Moffat County quarterbacks, Hildy had the better passing game, throwing for 44 yards to Isaac Montoya's five, whereas Montoya ran for 15 compared to Hildebrandt's six.

On defense, Bryce Tuttle recovered a crucial fumble, while Kearn Gerber led tackles with four solo and 10 total.

Citing a bad week of practice, head coach Keith Gille said he blamed one person for the loss: himself.

"I didn't have my boys where they needed to be on defense, it's all on me," he said. "For whatever reason, I thought we could slug away with them, but we didn't adjust, we didn't shift, I did a lousy job, and I apologize to everyone."

MCHS plays its first road game and only Saturday game Sept. 12 in Watkins at Ridge View Academy.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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