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MCHS Football delivers against Coal Ridge in tuneup game

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“We looked really good in my opinion. Obviously there’s going to be mistakes. Overall I think it looked really good. We connected on passes and were getting long runs. That’s what we want overall.”

—Jarret Walt, Moffat County High School senior, about the MCHS football team’s offensive performance in its scrimmage against Coal Ridge.

There was some concern about the new offensive and defensive scheme from Moffat County High School football players at the beginning of the summer.

After Friday night's scrimmage with Coal Ridge High School, all those negative thoughts were gone.

MCHS controlled the scrimmage in every aspect of the game at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, scoring on its first three possessions and confusing Coal Ridge throughout.

Additionally, the varsity defense did not surrender a point to the Titans.

Head coach Kip Hafey saw a lot of positive things from his team.

"Things were clicking and the kids looked pretty sharp," Hafey said. "We had receivers running hard, running good routes. We connected on some passes and I was pleased with that. That's something we've got to continue to do because it's going to be a big part of our offense."

The new spread offense will have the Bulldogs throwing more than last year, but still centers around a read-option style of running out of the shotgun. It relies on the quarterback to read what is in front of him and either hand off or keep the ball and run himself.

On Friday night, senior quarterback Bubba Ivers was reading Coal Ridge with ease. Several read-options resulted in carries of over 10 yards.

"They were sending their outside guys pretty hard," Ivers said of the Coal Ridge defense. "It all depends on what the lineman are going to do and all I can do is read. The line did a pretty good job today with blocking so that makes it easier."

Senior wide receiver Jarret Walt was encouraged by the team's performance as well.

"We looked really good in my opinion," Walt said. "Obviously there's going to be mistakes. Overall I think it looked really good. We connected on passes and were getting long runs. That's what we want overall."

With a new defensive scheme in the works for this season as well, a shutout by the Bulldogs was the type of performance Hafey was looking for.

"I was pleased with the defense," Hafey said. "Anytime you get a shutout you've got to be pleased. They did fantastic. They were flying to the ball and had great pursuit. A few times we were out of position and against a good team that's going to catch us. I liked the aggressiveness though, that's what this defense is about."

With the offense running on all cylinders and the defense standing tall, the Bulldogs looked prepared a week before their regular season begins. But Hafey said there are still aspects that need work.

"There's some things we definitely need to work on," he said. "There were some miscues and some missed blocks. We probably could have done a little better with our tackling. We're going to watch film with the kids in the morning and get to work filling in those gaps."

Walt believes despite the mistakes, this was a good way to get the season kicked off.

"That's what the scrimmage is for, so that we can improve on (mistakes)," he said. "Everyone was really fired up for the first game. We took this as the first game of the year because we really wanted to win it. It was a good start."

The Bulldogs kick off their regular season Sept. 1 against Ridgeview Academy at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

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