Pride time for Craig football team
October 25, 2005
Moffat County football coach Kip Hafey Tuesday made some adjustments to the goal board in the weight room. He erased the goals involving the post season and replaced them with, “win 2 non-league games,” and “win last regular season game.”
“Just because some goals become unattainable, doesn’t mean you can’t reset them,” he said.
Although the Bulldogs aren’t 100 percent out of the playoffs, the scenario that would get them in is more complex than a story problem involving two trains leaving Chicago and Dallas.
The 12-7 loss to Rifle knocked Moffat County out of the Western Slope League playoff picture. That means the Bulldogs are playing their last two games for pride.
“We want to end by winning out,” senior Caleb Owens said. “I would say it’s about pride more or less.”
Hafey wanted to remain optimistic.
“Only one team in the playoffs gets to end the season with a win,” he said. “We could send our seniors out with two wins.”
He is confident his athletes want to obtain the same goal.
“Just because we might be out of the playoffs doesn’t mean we’re going to give up,” he said. “We’re a part of a tough league and I still believe we’re a top-10 team and one of the top programs in the state.”
The football team will finish off the season at home against Pueblo West Friday and then take the long bus trip to Cortez for the season finale.
The only slight chance for Moffat County to make the playoffs would involve Rifle, (4-2) losing to both Cortez (2-4) and Battle Mountain (1-5). Then the Bulldogs would have to beat Cortez. That would force a three-way tie for fourth between the three teams.
Most of that scenario doesn’t involve the Bulldogs directly.
“We will keep our heads up and play tough,” Hafey said. “They’ll go after it the last two games.”