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Moffat County football seeks 5-0 league record with Roaring Fork game

Bulldogs bound for playoffs as conference champs

The Moffat County High School varsity football team takes the field during their Oct. 23 game with Aspen. The Bulldogs will complete their regular season Friday against Roaring Fork. MCHS is already the top squad of the Western Slope North League and will progress to the 2A state playoffs next week.

The outcome has already been determined at this point, but Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity football won’t be letting one distinction take their eyes off a bigger prize. varsity football won't be letting one distinction take their eyes off a bigger prize.

Moffat County High School varsity football won't be letting one distinction take their eyes off a bigger prize.

If you go

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Roaring Fork

7 p.m. Friday

Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane

— This is the final regular season game for the team before they move on to the 2A state playoffs. This will be a pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Bulldogs will also pay tribute to upperclassmen in a pre-game ceremony as part of Senior Night. Bear River Young Life's Fifth Quarter series includes a “Thriller”-themed Halloween dance at MCHS and dodgeball at Craig Middle School, both $1 for admission following the game.

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The Bulldogs finish their regular season Friday night with a game against Roaring Fork on home turf with kickoff at 7 p.m., though the team has clinched the Western Slope North LeagueWestern Slope North League title with a 6-2 overall record, so far 4-0 in the conference, an honor which gives them an automatic berth in the 2A state playoffs as well as rights to host a game in the first round. title with a 6-2 overall record, so far 4-0 in the conference, an honor which gives them an automatic berth in the 2A state playoffs as well as rights to host a game in the first round.

Western Slope North League title with a 6-2 overall record, so far 4-0 in the conference, an honor which gives them an automatic berth in the 2A state playoffs as well as rights to host a game in the first round.

Conference champions have already been declared in four of the six 2A leagues: Western Slope North, Western Slope SouthWestern Slope South (Bayfield), (Bayfield), Tri-PeaksTri-Peaks (La Junta) and (La Junta) and FrontierFrontier (Bennett). (Bennett).

Western Slope South (Bayfield), Tri-Peaks (La Junta) and Frontier (Bennett).

Platte Valley and Sterling, both 7-1 overall and 4-0 in conference, battle it out Friday for the top honors of the Patriot LeaguePatriot League, while Kent Denver and Alameda — each 8-0, 6-0 — prepare for the toughest game of their schedules at the end of play in the , while Kent Denver and Alameda — each 8-0, 6-0 — prepare for the toughest game of their schedules at the end of play in the Colorado LeagueColorado League, all four of these schools squared away somewhere in the playoff brackets, whether as the champ or runner-up., all four of these schools squared away somewhere in the playoff brackets, whether as the champ or runner-up.

Patriot League, while Kent Denver and Alameda — each 8-0, 6-0 — prepare for the toughest game of their schedules at the end of play in the Colorado League, all four of these schools squared away somewhere in the playoff brackets, whether as the champ or runner-up.

WSNL is the only league that does not get a guaranteed spot for its top two, and the school likely to take second place is Basalt, following a 20-10 upset of Battle Mountain last Friday. At 4-4 and 3-1, the Longhorns found themselves amid the CHSAA Wild Card Points' top 16CHSAA Wild Card Points’ top 16 — the system that will determine placement for the postseason — earlier this week, though a win against Aspen in their final week may not be enough to get them to the next level, currently on the bubble in 16th. — the system that will determine placement for the postseason — earlier this week, though a win against Aspen in their final week may not be enough to get them to the next level, currently on the bubble in 16th.

CHSAA Wild Card Points' top 16 — the system that will determine placement for the postseason — earlier this week, though a win against Aspen in their final week may not be enough to get them to the next level, currently on the bubble in 16th.

MCHS, seventh in Wild Card, scored the most points of any of its games this season last week against the Skiers, 46-11against the Skiers, 46-11, as well as the greatest point difference this year. The shaky first half is something the Dogs intend to clean up and sweep the league entirely as they prepare for Roaring Fork, 4-4, 2-2. , as well as the greatest point difference this year. The shaky first half is something the Dogs intend to clean up and sweep the league entirely as they prepare for Roaring Fork, 4-4, 2-2.

against the Skiers, 46-11, as well as the greatest point difference this year. The shaky first half is something the Dogs intend to clean up and sweep the league entirely as they prepare for Roaring Fork, 4-4, 2-2.

"I think we're itching to play a complete game," said assistant coach Jeff Sullivan. "Roaring Fork looks good, so it's a great challenge to have before the playoffs."

Last season, Moffat County players, uncertain if they would be suiting up again, held nothing back against the Rams in a 58-30 fracasheld nothing back against the Rams in a 58-30 fracas, learning that thanks to other losses within the league, they would indeed advance to the postseason., learning that thanks to other losses within the league, they would indeed advance to the postseason.

held nothing back against the Rams in a 58-30 fracas, learning that thanks to other losses within the league, they would indeed advance to the postseason.

2014 was the first time since 2006 the football team had gone past regular games, gaining the spoils that would otherwise go to the technical league champs Battle Mountain. This will be the first time since 1993 that the Bulldogs have won the conference title outright.

"Our kids have had a good week of preparation, staying healthy, and I'm just proud of how hard they've worked this week," head coach Keith Gille said.

Quarterback Hayden Bernot, running backs Max Slack and Finn Featherstone and linebacker Conrado Dolores are Roaring Fork players to watch.

"They're a team you don't want them to jump up on you," Gille said, the Rams coming off a 27-0 win against Coal Ridge.

The top team of Western Slope North whether they win or lose Friday, the Dogs have no intention of playing anything other than their best, with a Senior Night pre-game ceremony adding to the special nature of the night.

"I've got some mixed emotions about it," admitted Stelios Peroulis, senior and one of the season's team captains, about the last few weeks of Bulldog football.

Co-captain Trevor Kuhn said he likes their chances against Roaring Fork.

"As long as our defense can stop the run, they won't be anything to worry about," he said. "We have a good team, and I think we'll go far."

Sophomores Chace Marshall and Kaden Hafey said the unofficial credo "Stop the run" has been consistent throughout the year.

"Our defense has really stepped up," Marshall said.

The effort on both sides of the ball has been in good shape as offense has continued to grow stronger, Hafey added.

"Our team chemistry is great, and I think we'll go deep in the playoffs," he said.

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If you go

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Roaring Fork

7 p.m. Friday

Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane

— This is the final regular season game for the team before they move on to the 2A state playoffs. This will be a pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Bulldogs will also pay tribute to upperclassmen in a pre-game ceremony as part of Senior Night. Bear River Young Life’s Fifth Quarter series includes a “Thriller”-themed Halloween dance at MCHS and dodgeball at Craig Middle School, both $1 for admission following the game.

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