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Moffat County football hopes to heat up with Homecoming game

Moffat County High School running back Shandon Hadley braces himself for a hit by plenty of Huskies during the Bulldogs game against Battle Mountain in Edwards. The team plays Basalt this Friday for Moffat County Homecoming, with a considerable schedule of activities.

When they last headed onto the gridiron, the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity football team endured a lot of moisture, but the forecast is clear for later this week, which hopefully means smooth sailing as the Bulldogs look to take another conference victory. varsity football team endured a lot of moisture, but the forecast is clear for later this week, which hopefully means smooth sailing as the Bulldogs look to take another conference victory.

Moffat County High School varsity football team endured a lot of moisture, but the forecast is clear for later this week, which hopefully means smooth sailing as the Bulldogs look to take another conference victory.

The Moffat County Homecoming football game with Basalt takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, and it looks to be quite a show.

2015 Moffat County High School Homecoming schedule

Wednesday

• 8 a.m. Boys soccer team reads at Sunset Elementary School

• 6 p.m. Powder Puff Football Tournament at MCHS

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Thursday

• 8 a.m. Volleyball team reads at Sandrock Elementary School

• 3 p.m. Pep assembly, student/teacher dance-off

• 4 p.m. Boys soccer vs. Basalt at MCHS

• 4:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. Grand Valley at MCHS

• 8 p.m. Bonfire at MCHS north parking lot

Friday

• 8 a.m. Football team reads at East Elementary School

• 8:15 a.m. Float building at MCHS

• Noon Parade assembly on Washington Street

• 1 p.m. Homecoming parade along Victory Way

• 2 p.m. Community pep rally at Safeway parking lot

• 6:15 p.m. Homecoming pre-game coronation festivities, golf ball drop and delivery of game ball by Classic Air Medical helicopter

• 7 p.m. Football vs. Basalt at Bulldog Proving Grounds, halftime show with MCHS band, cheer teams and Moffat County Booster Club fireworks

• 9:30 p.m. Bear River Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Fifth Quarter bowling party at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center

Saturday

• TBD Cross country time trials at Loudy-Simpson Park

• 8 p.m. Homecoming dance at MCHS

The Dogs feeling confident after their first 2A Western Slope North League2A Western Slope North League game last week, which saw them game last week, which saw them shut down the Battle Mountain Huskies, 24-7shut down the Battle Mountain Huskies, 24-7, to jump out as the team to beat., to jump out as the team to beat.

2A Western Slope North League game last week, which saw them shut down the Battle Mountain Huskies, 24-7, to jump out as the team to beat.

Their latest opponent is also coming off a league win, Basalt holding tight against Coal Ridge Friday night to come out ahead, 7-3. At 2-3 overall, the Longhorns got their first win of the year against a 2A squad — their first win a 28-7 clobbering of 1A Grand Valley Sept. 25 — and hope to repeat in Craig.

Basalt quarterback Miles Levy is a league leader in passing yards, partly thanks to the 218 he accumulated playing the Cardinals. Cameron Firmin likewise tops the numbers in receiving with 277 yards to date.

Though they have the advantage in the air, the Longhorns' rushing average is 126 yards per game, about half of Moffat County's, still the top ranked team in the conference, 15th in the 2A division by MaxPreps approximations, with Eddie Smercina's 158 yards of turf earned in Edwards putting him in the running for the best back in the WSNL, with teammates Brett Loyd and Shandon Hadley nipping at his heels.

The two teams have both already been able to grab five interceptions across five games, and Bulldog Kearn Gerber and Basalt's Trevor Reuss are the only players in the WSNL to have more than one pick this season.

History, albeit a brief one, favors Moffat County — a road game in Basalt last year was the first time in recent years the two schools had met, and the resultant 49-6 blowout was the turning point for the Dogs after only having one other win at that juncture.

If the 3-2 team keeps up their level of play, it will be easy for them to chart their own course for the remainder of the season, said coach Keith Gille. The Homecoming hubbub will be the biggest challenge.

"It's a very unfocused week, there's a lot going on, but our seniors showed great leadership on the road, and I love the way we've cleaned up a lot of our mistakes the last few weeks," he said.

Beyond the war between blue and purple on the field — including pink socks as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month — the game will be a thrilling one thanks to the variety of activities leading up to, during and after it.

The Homecoming royalty will receive their official coronation during a pre-game ceremony, spectators will have the chance to win big with a fundraiser golf ball drop to support the MCHS girls basketball team and the prized pigskin will be delivered from above by the staff of Classic Air Medical.

A halftime show will include the MCHS band program, as well as the school cheer team assisted by many younger pom-pom users before the Moffat County Booster Club provides a fireworks spectacular.

Finally, the Fifth Quarter series by Bear River Young Life will provide a late get-together following the game, with Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition teaming for a bowling party at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center with $5 admission.

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2A Western Slope North League Friday schedule

Basalt (2-3 overall, 1-0 WSNL; 26th place) at Moffat County (3-2, 1-0; 15th place)

Battle Mountain (1-3, 0-1; 25th place) at Roaring Fork (3-2, 1-0; 18th)

Coal Ridge (2-3, 0-1; 30th) at Aspen (2-3, 0-1; 28th)

2015 Moffat County High School Homecoming schedule

Wednesday

• 8 a.m. Boys soccer team reads at Sunset Elementary School

• 6 p.m. Powder Puff Football Tournament at MCHS

Thursday

• 8 a.m. Volleyball team reads at Sandrock Elementary School

• 3 p.m. Pep assembly, student/teacher dance-off

• 4 p.m. Boys soccer vs. Basalt at MCHS

• 4:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. Grand Valley at MCHS

• 8 p.m. Bonfire at MCHS north parking lot

Friday

• 8 a.m. Football team reads at East Elementary School

• 8:15 a.m. Float building at MCHS

• Noon Parade assembly on Washington Street

• 1 p.m. Homecoming parade along Victory Way

• 2 p.m. Community pep rally at Safeway parking lot

• 6:15 p.m. Homecoming pre-game coronation festivities, golf ball drop and delivery of game ball by Classic Air Medical helicopter

• 7 p.m. Football vs. Basalt at Bulldog Proving Grounds, halftime show with MCHS band, cheer teams and Moffat County Booster Club fireworks

• 9:30 p.m. Bear River Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Fifth Quarter bowling party at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center

Saturday

• TBD Cross country time trials at Loudy-Simpson Park

• 8 p.m. Homecoming dance at MCHS

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