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Moffat County football ready to battle for conference win Friday

Bulldogs look to defeat Huskies after last year's loss

The Moffat County High School varsity football team travels to Edwards Friday to play their first league game against Battle Mountain. The Bulldogs are the highest ranked Western Slope North League team and, along with Aspen, Coal Ridge and Roaring Fork, are 2-2 heading into conference play.

Like the top tier of your wedding cake, revenge is a dish best served cold one year later.

A win Friday evening in Edwards will be mighty sweet to the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity football team for a number of reasons. The grudge match against the Battle Mountain Huskies will not only allow the Bulldogs to redeem last season’s loss but also begin the 2A Western Slope North League schedule in the best possible manner. varsity football team for a number of reasons. The grudge match against the Battle Mountain Huskies will not only allow the Bulldogs to redeem last season's loss but also begin the 2A Western Slope North League schedule in the best possible manner.

Moffat County High School varsity football team for a number of reasons. The grudge match against the Battle Mountain Huskies will not only allow the Bulldogs to redeem last season's loss but also begin the 2A Western Slope North League schedule in the best possible manner.

2A Western Slope North League Friday schedule

• Moffat County (2-2, 12th place) at Battle Mountain (1-2, 25th place)

• Aspen (2-2, 26th) at Roaring Fork (2-2, 23rd)

• Basalt (1-3, 29th) at Coal Ridge (2-2, 30th)

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Moffat County is 2-2 at this point, while Battle Mountain — the largest school in the WSNL, which will go to the 3A playoffs, if at all, due to the realignment that started in 2014 — is 1-2, both teams coming off a bye week. The extra preparation has been a boon, said Bulldog offensive coordinator Jeff Wert.

"We've got a lot of good blocking schemes, new passing routes, and I think we're going to be OK as long as everybody does their job," he said.

Wert and head coach Keith Gille pointed to Battle Mountain quarterback Demetrius Parrish as a threat to contain, already accruing 185 passing yards across two games this season, though he had 146 yards alone when throwing in Craig last year, a game which the Dogs lost, 41-27a game which the Dogs lost, 41-27..

a game which the Dogs lost, 41-27.

"He's very athletic, last year had some incredible passes," Gille said, mentioning that he's shuffled around his defensive line and linebackers to best combat Parrish and his receivers.

Battle Mountain had a great opener, 50-14, against Middle Park before falling to 3A teams Eagle Valley and Steamboat Springs, the latter of which MCHS shut out, 27-0, in their first weekMCHS shut out, 27-0, in their first week..

MCHS shut out, 27-0, in their first week.

The Huskies average 62 receiving yards per game compared to Moffat County's 34, but the boys in blue have a considerable advantage on the ground, keeping their rushing at 250 yards per game, with the Huskies at 135. MCHS also leads in tackles per game, 58, as well as total interceptions, with four so far.

Working on turnovers on the other side of the ball will be a point of concentration, Gille said, especially later in the game.

"Our goal the last five weeks has is just to play solid Bulldog football, not turn it over, running the ball, picking our spots, good team defense, and I think we can do all that and get a home playoff game," he said.

Though the bye week dropped them in the 2A rankings to 12th in the state, Moffat County remains well ahead of the rest of the WSNL. The 2-2 record is shared by Roaring Fork, Aspen and Coal Ridge, but the Bulldogs have had the toughest schedule so far, according to MaxPreps calculationsMaxPreps calculations..

MaxPreps calculations.

The Battle Mountain match-up will lead into an Oct. 9 meeting with Basalt, currently 1-3, for Moffat County Homecoming week.

"If we get a win (in Edwards), we're in the driver's seat," Gille said. "We've got three out of our last four at home, and that'll be special."

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

2A Western Slope North League Friday schedule

• Moffat County (2-2, 12th place) at Battle Mountain (1-2, 25th place)

• Aspen (2-2, 26th) at Roaring Fork (2-2, 23rd)

• Basalt (1-3, 29th) at Coal Ridge (2-2, 30th)

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