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Moffat County football to face familiar foe in playoffs

Coaches: Time to beat the Beetdiggers

Moffat County High School's Kearn Gerber (3) assists teammates Stelios Peroulis and Ryan Zimmerman in a tackle of Roaring Fork's Hector Flores during the Bulldogs' final regular season game Oct. 30. MCHS won the Western Slope North League title and will host Brush Saturday in the opening round of the 2A State Playoffs.

In a season that has been centered on taking the successes of the previous year and enhancing them further, the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity football team has a unique opportunity. varsity football team has a unique opportunity.

Moffat County High School varsity football team has a unique opportunity.

Sunday saw the official playoff brackets released by Colorado High School Activities AssociationColorado High School Activities Association, and within the 2A division, MCHS was seeded eighth, directly in the middle of the action., and within the 2A division, MCHS was seeded eighth, directly in the middle of the action.

Colorado High School Activities Association, and within the 2A division, MCHS was seeded eighth, directly in the middle of the action.

If you go

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Brush

1 p.m. Saturday

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MCHS Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane

— The No. 8 Bulldogs will play the No. 9 Beetdiggers for the first round of the 2A State Playoffs. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free to children under 7. Those with verified CHSAA and CHSCA identification will also be admitted free of charge.

The Western Slope North League titleholdersWestern Slope North League titleholders have been eagerly awaiting the details of who they might face in the postseason, and their anticipation paid off with a pleasant surprise, as the Bulldogs learned they will take on the Brush Beetdiggers for a first-round face-off for the second consecutive year. have been eagerly awaiting the details of who they might face in the postseason, and their anticipation paid off with a pleasant surprise, as the Bulldogs learned they will take on the Brush Beetdiggers for a first-round face-off for the second consecutive year.

Western Slope North League titleholders have been eagerly awaiting the details of who they might face in the postseason, and their anticipation paid off with a pleasant surprise, as the Bulldogs learned they will take on the Brush Beetdiggers for a first-round face-off for the second consecutive year.

Brush is 6-3 overall and took third place in the Patriot League with a 3-2 conference record, finishing the season by edging out Eaton for the No. 9 seed with an 18-13 win Friday, the Reds taking 10th thanks to a stockpile of wild card points.

The Beetdiggers won the 2A state championship last fall, the Dogs part of the series of schools to fall prey to their 13-0 run, losing 49-7 in the opening portion of the 2014 playoffslosing 49-7 in the opening portion of the 2014 playoffs..

losing 49-7 in the opening portion of the 2014 playoffs.

Things are a little different this year, Moffat County boasting a 7-2 total tally, as well as an undefeated streak in the WSNL, the feat that gave them the guarantee of a home game.

As excited as he is to have Brush on the road this time, head coach Keith Gille expects them to be no less of a threat upon entering the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

"To be the best, you gotta beat the best," he said of the defending state champs.

The test to be the best will continue throughout the second season. Should the Bulldogs down the Beetdiggers, the quarterfinals will be another challenge as the brackets pits the winner of seed 8 vs. 9 against the victor of 1 vs. 16, meaning Moffat County or Brush could see either the top-ranked team in 2A — Bayfield — or a scrappy squad that barely made it into postseason as runner-up of the Tri-Peaks League — Manitou Springs — after pulling off a hypothetical upset.

For the time being, MCHS coaches have their mind on Brush, watching film and getting in the right mindset.

"Last year, we were ranked 16 and they were No. 1, so now it's gonna be more of a game," said Bulldog offensive coordinator Jeff Wert. "It's gonna be really big for this community, a lot of fun figuring out the game plan."

Shortly after the announcement of their opponent was made, the MOCO Football Facebook page was filled with comments of coaches, parents and players ready for the gridiron grudge match that takes place this Saturday.

Isaac Montoya provided a digital pep talk for his teammates, calling on them to keep last year's loss fresh in their minds and remember they'll be playing in front of their own fans this time.

"Now they’re coming to our house, our city," Montoya wrote. "It’s time to dig down boys, let's show these Beetdiggers what Moffat County football is really like!"

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.

If you go

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Brush

1 p.m. Saturday

MCHS Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane

— The No. 8 Bulldogs will play the No. 9 Beetdiggers for the first round of the 2A State Playoffs. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and free to children under 7. Those with verified CHSAA and CHSCA identification will also be admitted free of charge.

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