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Energy Blend: Hayden Station going above and beyond to control emissions

Hayden Generating Station has been a part of Northwestern Colorado since the 1960s, supplying energy to parts the northwest region of the state, particularly communities in Moffat and Routt counties. The station is located near the city of Hayden, about 22 miles east of Craig.

In addition to Xcel Energy, the station actually has two additional owners, according to Xcel’s Senior Media Representative Mark Stutz. The other owners are PacifiCorp, a Portland-based company, and Salt River Project, a Phoenix-based company.

Xcel Energy has full operational control, however, as the station was acquired by the Public Service Company of Colorado, a predecessor to Xcel Energy, in 1992. Other current owners acquired interest in Hayden Station in 1992 from Ute Electric Association.

Coal from the nearby Twentymile Coal Co. is the station’s primary fuel source for its steam turbines, which generate 441 megawatts of power from two power units, Stutz said. The station uses an estimated 5,000 tons of coal each day and keeps 60 days worth of coal in reserve.

The 3 million gallons of water required each day is provided by the Yampa River.

The station controls air emissions with various types of technologies, including a baghouse, an air pollution control device and dust collector that remove harmful particulates from emissions, and a dry scrubber, a system designed to remove harmful materials specifically from exhaust gases.

The station also uses low-NOx burners, which are designed to control the fuel/air mixture at each burner to create larger,  more branched flames, reducing peak-flame temperatures and producing lower concentrations of nitrogen oxide pollutants.

In tandem, he said, these controls work to remove large amounts of harmful substances from emissions, including flue gas, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

In 2016, the station took additional action to reduce emissions, as requested by the Colorado Clean Air Clean Jobs Act. Hayden Station also doesn’t discharge water offsite.

Living Well: Tips for a safe Halloween — Taking the real scares out of trick or treat

Letting our kids roam the streets at night is not something we generally allow, except, that is, on Halloween. It's a holiday that's made for a bit of rowdy fun. When kids are young, it's easy. You simply go with them around a block or two and call it a night.

It's during the later elementary years when things can get a little spooky — letting them go off on their own with their friends. If you are not quite comfortable with that, following are some tips to keep the night safe and focused on fun, rather than on dangers that could be lurking around the next corner.

Do a costume check

Encourage your children to choose costumes that don't set them up for trips or falls. Wearing long capes or gowns can mean tripping over a bump in the sidewalk, as can masks. Forego awkward or non-flexible props. Help make them more kids visible by putting reflective tape on the back of their costumes, or insist they carry a flashlight or glow stick to enhance visibility.

Review safety rules

It may have been a few years since you've told your older child to look twice before crossing the road, but it's OK to do it on Halloween night. According to SafeKids Worldwide, twice as many kids are killed while out and about on Halloween than any other night of the year. Remind them of the buddy system — stick together — and to stay on well-lit strees. That means no cutting through alleys and lawns. Remind them to stay on the sidewalk (no walking in the street!), to cross at the corners or at lights, and to watch for cars backing out of driveways.

Beware of strangers

Reinforce the stranger danger concept Halloween night, and request they don't visit homes without the porchlight on or step inside anyone's home. Have them wait to eat their loot until they get home, dump it out, and inspect it. Any opened candy should be thrown out immediately. When someone offers a homemade or unwrapped treat, encourage kids to politely decline. Remind them to never accept a ride, even if they recognize the driver as an acquaintance or neighbor. It's smart to role play different situations they might encounter. You might get an eye roll, but doing so gives them instant language to use in tight situations. For safety sake, send along a school ID or an ID card with your emergency number on it.

Leave dogs at home

If you are taking your kids out, resist the urge to bring Fido along, no matter how well-behaved a dog he is. Crowds, doorbells, and dark figures can surprise even the mellowest dog, and dogs have been known to get loose and lost on Halloween night.

Give young teens a break

When answering your door, try not to judge if you see a group of kids who look a tad too old to be trick or treating. It's difficult hard age —between child and adult — and there's no night quite as fun to revert to being a child as Halloween. Finally, don't assume that just because a child is tall, he or she is a teen. Some elementary-aged kids can reach 6 feet in height.

If you don't want your teens trick-or-treating, consider hosting a Halloween party. Let your kids come up with the ideas, then go all in.

It's common for parents to feel some fear on Halloween night. Lessen your worries by getting in key safety messages before they head out the door.

Bulldog Sports — Week of Oct. 24, 2018


7 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult volleyball league at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.


6 p.m. American Legion Post 62 Haunted House at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

7 p.m. Moffat County Elite Cheer Haunted House at Bulldog Storage, 40 E. Fourth St.


6 p.m. American Legion Post 62 Haunted House at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

7 p.m. Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Rifle at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

7 p.m. Moffat County Elite Cheer Haunted House at Bulldog Storage, 40 E. Fourth St.


9 a.m. Moffat County High School cross country at 3A CHSAA State Championships in Colorado Springs

11 a.m. Moffat County High School C-Team volleyball at Aspen

Noon Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball at Aspen

1 p.m. Trunk or Treat at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.

1 p.m. Moffat County High School varsity volleyball at Aspen

1 p.m. Hike or Treat at Yampa River State Park, 6185 US Highway 40

6 p.m. American Legion Post 62 Haunted House at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

7 p.m. Moffat County Elite Cheer Haunted House at Bulldog Storage, 40 E. Fourth St.

8 p.m. Rock N Bowl Halloween Party at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.


3:30 p.m. Youth Bowling League at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.


4 p.m. Moffat County High School junior varsity football vs. Fruita Monument at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

7 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult volleyball league at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.


4 p.m. Craig Middle School boys basketball vs. Steamboat Springs at CMS, 915 Yampa Ave., and Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Fright night: Scares reign supreme at American Legion, Moffat County Elite haunted houses

Knife-wielding maniacs, unblinking children chanting nursery rhymes, bloody victims — whatever terrifies you most, you’re bound to find it at one of Craig’s annual haunted houses.

And yes, creepy clowns play into both of them.

Residents got into the Halloween spirit early as Friday and Saturday was all about scares at haunted houses hosted by American Legion Post 62 and Moffat County Cheer Elite, both of which will be back in action Oct. 26 and 27 as well as Halloween night.

Danger around every corner

The Legion’s house of horrors returned to Centennial Mall, utilizing the space — where it’s been for five years after moving from the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse — for a maze full of dark decorations and sudden shocks from actors determined to bring out some screams.

Organizer Bill Guess said the preparation began in early October to craft the chilling corridors and rooms of classic horror locales, such as a mad scientist’s laboratory, a graveyard and more.

As for volunteers, it didn’t take much to get the cast of creatures in gear and ready to horrify.

“All we had to do was get them in costume,” Guess said.

Fellow organizer Bill White said he loves seeing repeat customers supporting the fundraiser for the group.

“We like scaring the same kids every year,” he said, adding that the group offers a no-scare option for younger children.

For several years, Ben Rinker has had the honor of revving a chainsaw motor to petrify patrons, this year in a clown mask.

“It’s for a good cause, and I get to scare people, so it’s a win-win for me,” he laughed.

Terror in store

On the other end of town at Fourth Street’s Bulldog Storage, the Moffat County Elite Cheer program offers their own eerie exhibit with a variety of shocking scenes.

Unused storage units have been transformed into one spooky spectacle after another, some paying tribute to beloved horror and suspense films and others an amalgam of anything and everything that could make your skin crawl.

And, leave it to cheerleaders to be able to shriek again and again to unnerve those who pass through their displays of doom.

Coaches Curtis Lorio and Amber Snow said owner Lora Stockman donated the space to the cheer team, and the effort has also helped the group make improvements in some elements of their routines.

One of those is athletes increasing their flexibility in imitating the crab walk from “The Exorcist.”

“They also get to do some good team bonding and work with different people in different units,” Snow said. “The kids love it, and they really get into character.”

Moffat County soccer holds nothing back in final game with Delta

Many members of the Moffat County High School boys soccer team found themselves in different positions Friday for their final game of the fall than where they had started back in August.

And, while a season of constant shifts hasn’t helped the record much, it’s prepared players to cope with change, watch each other’s backs and get ready for next year.

Bulldogs ended the season 2-13 Friday complete with a 5-2 loss to Delta, Moffat County’s third game in four days and their fourth in a week.

If fatigue was settling in, it didn’t show, at least not right away, keeping pace with the Panthers in a 2-1 opening half with Vlajko Pavlovic getting the Dogs a goal off a penalty kick.

And, when Guillermo Estecha knocked one into the Delta box five minutes into the second half, it looked like MoCo might finish their season with another W.

The next 20 minutes was a furious fight for possession, one which the Panthers slowly but surely won as a corner kick set up Martin Corral to put them ahead in one of the three goals he had for a hat trick. Moments later, the Bulldog defense had its depth perception tested when a floating Delta shot that looked nowhere the goal unexpectedly went into the net.

A free kick by the Panthers in the final minutes led to their last goal, with Matt Kasper knocking the shot in on the rebound after a deflection by Canyon Chambers.

The game was the first time as keeper for Chambers, who replaced Sabastian Hershiser midway through the second half.

Though the pressure in a new spot was on his mind, Chambers said the greatest challenge was the near flawless weather during the afternoon with the setting sun in a cloud-free sky right in his face.

“The sun really messed me up, I couldn’t even tell where the ball was most of the time,” Chambers said.

MCHS finishes seventh in the 3A Western Slope League, with 11-3-1 Delta securing runner-up status to conference champion Roaring Fork as well as good playoff position.

“They played really hard against a good team, I mean, Delta’s ranked in the state,” Nathalie Boelen said.

Boelen said her first year as coach for the program has come with a great deal of adjustments, which will ultimately pay off down the road.

Bulldogs will be losing seniors Axeel Mendoza, Josh Pando and Pedro Romero, as well as three exchange students who played for them this fall — Pavlovic, from Germany, Estecha, from Spain and Slovakia’s Alex Sabol.

With a lot of freshmen hopefully returning, Boelen said the amount of playing time they received can only benefit them considering many would have played strictly JV had the numbers allowed for it.

“If you look at our first game and you look at now, it’s been an amazing job the boys did,” she said.

Moffat County volleyball hits hard to the end in Roaring Fork rematch

The last time they met the Roaring Fork Rams, Moffat County High School varsity volleyball was on the Craig court and back off rather swiftly in a 3-0 loss. The rematch on the road may not have been a win, but Bulldog fans got their money’s worth.

Lady Bulldogs went to five sets Saturday in Carbondale, ultimately falling 3-2 in the 15-11 final round.

MoCo girls opened the afternoon with a 25-21 win, which the Rams flipped in their favor in the next round. Bulldogs won the third set as well, a little closer at 25-23, while Roaring Fork roared back in the fourth at 25-18.

Combined with victories for junior varsity and C-Team, the penultimate entry on the schedule was a positive one all around, said coach Jessica Profumo.

Lady Dogs were on fire at the net as Tiffany Hildebrandt earned a dozen kills, Hailee Herndon seven, Jenna Timmer six and Jaidyn Steele five. A big day for blocks included seven for Timmer, six for Steele and four each for Herndon and Hildy.

Solid service featured five aces for Timmer, while setter Ebawnee Smercina finished with 31 assists and libero Terry Gillett took 29 digs.

At 5-14, MCHS volleyball plays its 20th and final game of the fall Oct. 27 in Aspen.

Profumo said the performance in Carbondale is an indicator athletes aren’t slowing down even in the last week of the schedule.

“These girls can be proud of themselves for playing five sets of intense volleyball together as a team, fighting for every point,” Profumo said. “That’s what it’s all about, and I know they enjoyed every minute.”

Panthers pounce on late opportunities as Moffat County football falls to Delta

A night that couldn’t have started any better for Moffat County High School football turned into a fourth-quarter fallout when the Bulldogs hosted Delta Friday night.

MCHS fell 34-20 to the Panthers in a home game the Dogs led most of the evening until Delta strung together play after play in the final 12 minutes to devastate the MoCo defense while giving almost nothing up to the Bulldog offense.

Pink power

Pink socks, gloves, headbands and other gear could be glimpsed all over the field as part of MCHS’s Pink Game, as well as in the sky. A balloon release leading up to kickoff as part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month honored survivors and brought in more than $200 for Moffat County Cancer Society.

At the 50-yard line, Craig Middle School’s JP Price performed the coin toss for the evening, with Delta taking the opening kick.

The first Bulldog drive didn’t move too far along, but after the MoCo punt, Panthers swiftly pushed along to the end zone only to be upended by an interception from Connor Etzler that almost turned into a full 100-yard pick-six as he sprinted back in the opposite direction.

The turnover amounted to 95 yards, and Josh Teeter gained the first touchdown of the night on a five-yard rush on the shovel pass from Colby Beaver, though Beaver’s pass for the two-point conversion hit the sod to make it 6-0.

Cale Scranton kicked off to follow, a high arc looking foreboding for the Bulldogs — until Delta bobbled the catch to make it a fair ball, which Moffat immediately recovered.

The Bulldogs capitalized from there as Etzler went into triple digits on his total yards for the night with an 11-yard TD catch, but the extra point was no good to make it 12-0 late in the first quarter.

A fumble by Delta to start their drive again gave it to the Dogs seconds later, and MoCo found themselves in the Panther red zone to start the second period.

Beaver whipped a quick six-yard pass to Scranton, which the Panthers popped up only for Kameron Baker to grab the rebound for the score. Beaver connected with Scranton for two points to follow to lead 20-0.

With next to no luck in the air early in the game apart from a pass interference call against MoCo’s Victor Silva, Delta stuck to the ground as Cody Sauve’s end run around the MoCo defensive line nearly got the Panthers their first touchdown, out of bounds two yards from the goal line. Hunter Hughes dove in from there to switch the goose egg to a 6, which became a 7 with a good PAT.

Delta threatened to get on the move again late in the half with an interception of their own, but with an interference call that placed them at their own 6-yard line, the Panthers let the clock run out to head back to the locker room as the MCHS and CMS cheerleaders took over the field with the kids of the Junior Bulldog Fall Cheer Clinic for a loud and proud halftime routine.

Energy shift

While the Bulldog coverage was working overtime in the first half, the Panthers’ passing game started clicking promptly in the third quarter as Skyler Kraai grabbed throws from Nolan Bynum repeatedly to get Delta in scoring position. Hughes again completed the drive from a nine-yard catch.

With their lead cut in half, Bulldogs were on alert as the Panthers started controlling the pace, getting a sack of Beaver deep in MoCo territory that forced the Moffat punt, after which the Delta drive came to a halt when Etzler gained a second pick for the night.

The two opponents traded punts from there, with Delta earning an unsportsmanlike conduct call from the sidelines and later giving the Dogs’ a freebie first down when Silva was hit late while punting.

While MoCo still held the 20-14 advantage heading into the final period, Panthers took the lead for the first time when another interference call moved them into the red zone, with Sauve scoring on an eight-yard rush. Delta split the uprights to move to 21-20.

A crucial catch by Dario Alexander made it 3rd and 1, with Beaver going for the quarterback sneak on 4th and inches only to be denied as the Panthers took over possession despite furious protests by the MCHS coaches.

Even with calls not going their way, coach Jamie Nelson said it wasn’t an excuse for players not to keep on top of the action.

“We can’t rely on officials to win games for us,” he said.

Hughes reeled in an eight-yard catch to put Delta ahead at 27-20 as an aggravated Bulldog D blocked the extra point.

The MoCo offense got no farther than the 30, and a 10-yard punt by Silva didn’t help. But, the 40-yard counter by Sauve on the next play to score was the final straw as Panthers had all but guaranteed a victory.

“It’s such a momentum thing,” Nelson said. “In the first half, everything’s clicking and flowing right, and you could tell their quarterback was second-guessing himself. Then all of a sudden, he starts making a couple key passes. They came out, started creating their own momentum, and we couldn’t break it.”

Nelson added that players who were in the game responded well to the pressure of myriad position changes, most notably on special teams, as several Bulldogs were benched due to discipline issues.

“Some team rules were broken, and life’s about choices. You’ve gotta make the right ones all the time. It’s not a sometime deal,” he said.

Beaver was 14 for 30 in passing with 101 total yards, as well as running for 30 yards. Teeter led in rushing numbers with 48.

Kameron Baker was Beaver’s top target with 29 yards on three catches. Scranton caught for 22 yards, as well as throwing one for three with 12 passing yards and one interception.

In total yardage, Etzler’s TD catch and two picks amounted to 114 for the night.

On the other side of the ball, Silva led with eight tackles, all solo, while Joe Campagna had seven while Teeter and Jared Baker each had six.

Jared Baker also notched his seventh sack of the season with a monster hit of Bynum that lost the Panthers 12 yards.

As the group gathered for the post-game discussion, the Bulldog team captain didn’t spare any feelings in telling teammates that the loss came from a collective inability to respond when the odds were stacked against them.

“You have to make an imprint on these guys,” Jared said. “You have to ask them if they’re going to make the most of it. I know I’m going to. That’s what football is all about — giving 100 percent all the time. Play all four quarters.”

One last game

At 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the 2A Western Slope League, MCHS is effectively out of the postseason race, while the Panthers — 5-3, 2-2 — remain playoff hopefuls, still high in the RPI rankings.

Delta won’t be vying for the conference championship, though the league crown isn’t a certainty by any means. Basalt’s dominating season saw its biggest hurdle Friday as the Longhorns faced off with Rifle.

The Bears’ last-minute loss the week before must have motivated them all the more to beat up their biggest competition, ending the evening with a 35-14 victory over Basalt, both teams now 7-1 and 3-1.

The Longhorns will look to recover against the rival Aspen Skiers — 6-2, 3-1 — in their final regular season game. The Skiers coasted to a 37-13 win over Coal Ridge, and another W for Aspen would guarantee them the WSL laurels thanks to their 20-19 defeat of Rifle.

Meanwhile, the Bears’ first year in 2A ball also looks to be leading to the playoffs, and the Bulldogs will host Rifle for their final game Oct. 26.

“Rifle’s a very good team, and that’s what I’ve told them — ‘you’ve gotta come out and play four full quarters of football, and we’ll see how we do,'” Nelson said.

The game will be Senior Night, celebrating the upperclassmen in their last outing on the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

“It’s going to be all about the seniors, everybody’s going to bust their butts for them,” Nelson said.

Jared said he expects the Rifle match to be a tough one but also one he’ll enjoy alongside his fellow seniors, including co-captain Teeter.

“Me and Josh have put in a lot of work, and we really want to make this a close game,” he said.

Moffat County cross country teams take 2nd at regional meet to speed along to state

Even after a week off from competition, Moffat County High School runners proved they could go the distance at the 3A Region 1 Meet Friday at Aspen Municipal Golf Course.

Bulldog teams each placed second in the group rankings to qualify for the 3A State Championships Oct. 27 in Colorado Springs.

MCHS boys faced their toughest competition from Gunnison, with the Cowboys continuing their streak as regional champions and Colton Stice again gaining the gold with teammate Alex Baca not far behind for the silver.

Hayden’s Wyatt Mortenson took bronze in a third-place finish for the Dogs with a time 17:10.6, improving on his No. 7 result from his freshman season at regionals. Fellow Hayden harrier Chris Carrouth was next for Moffat in 10th (18:08.2).

Keaton Knez was next (18:41.1, 22nd), then Coltyn Terry (18:42, 23rd) and Theo Corrello (18:49.2, 28th) to give the Bulldogs 86 points to Gunnison’s 50.

Kale Johnson (18:59.5, 32nd), Logan Hafey (19:39.5, 45th), AJ Barber (20:34.6, 64th) and Wilson Eike (21:06.8, 73rd) rounded out the results among a field of 112 boys.

Though the Cowboys won both individually and as a squad, Moffat County’s splits between their first and fifth runners were stronger at 1:38.

While Hayden senior Makenna Knez has led the Lady Bulldogs in most of their races this year, it was MCHS freshman Halle Hamilton who crossed the line first for the team, placing sixth at 20:38.8 with Knez next in seventh at 20:40.1 and Kelsey McDiffett eighth, 20:44.5.

Liberty Hippely took 12th at 21:14.6 and Lydia Berkoff 20th at 21:44.6 to add to the Lady Dogs’ point tally, joined by Allison Villard (22:04, 25), Emma Jones (22:04.1, 26), Alayna Behrman (23:34.3, 47) and Bree Meats (23:37.1, 48) among 102 girls.

Basalt’s Sierra Bower won the girls race, with Pagosa Springs taking the spot as the top team, 10 points ahead of Moffat County girls’ score of 53. The Pirates’ splits among their top five runners was 58 seconds, while the Bulldogs posted a 1:05 in a season where finishes have been close again and again.

After winning the MCHS Invite at the end of September and gaining personal records for nearly every runner at Oct. 5’s Delta Pantherfest, Bulldogs had an unexpected break for what was supposed to be their final race going into regionals when Oct. 11’s Rifle Invite was canceled due to severe wet conditions on Rifle Creek Golf Course.

Nevertheless, coach Todd Trapp said athletes used the hiatus to get focused for the big time.

“It was good to take a week off from competition to get ready for regionals,” Trapp said. “This was a big accomplishment for both teams, and we are very excited for state.”


Memorial Regional Health: Stopping domestic violence before it starts

Nearly half of all domestic violence incidents go unreported to the police, making intimate partner violence an often silent problem within households and communities.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and one in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.

Domestic violence isn't a crime that affects only women. In fact, it can affect people of all ages, genders, races, and sexual orientations.

"Domestic violence and abuse stem from a desire to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abusive people believe they have the right to control and restrict their partners, and they may enjoy the feeling that exerting power gives them," according to the hotline. "They often believe that their own feelings and needs should be the priority in their relationships, so they use abusive tactics to dismantle equality and make their partners feel less valuable and deserving of respect in the relationship."

Is this abuse?

Sometimes, it's difficult for victims of abuse to know if they're being abused. Because domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, or IPV, doesn't always include physical violence, this can cause confusion for victims.

But there really is no gray area when it comes to domestic violence. It includes behaviors that "arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish, or force them to behave in ways they do not want," the hotline reports.

The Power & Control Wheel is how the Hotline describes and defines abusive relationships. It's a diagram of the tactics an abusive partner uses to keep his or her victim in the relationship, such as using coercion and threats, intimidation, emotional abuse, economic abuse, isolation, children, minimizing, denying, and blaming.

The reasons someone uses these tactics to gain control do not matter. Abuse is never justified. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that intimate partner violence starts early and continues throughout the lifespan, which means it's important to stop it before it starts.

"Supporting the development of healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships has the potential to reduce the occurrence of IPV and prevent its harmful and long-lasting effects on individuals, families, and the communities where they live," according to the CDC. This approach includes teaching safe, healthy relationship skills to children and teens, disrupting developmental pathways toward partner violence, strengthening economic support for families, and increasing victim-centered services that support survivors.

What to do

If you're not sure whether your relationship qualifies as intimate partner violence, there are tools that can help you make this determination. A good rule of thumb is, if you have to ask, the answer is probably "yes."

Online learning resources can help victims better understand domestic violence and what to do about it. One of the best national resources is the hotline.

National, state, and regional organizations are working toward addressing the problem at the societal, community, relationship, and individual levels, according to the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in an effort to end domestic violence.

Moffat County soccer seniors stay stoic in loss to Oysters

Seeing an opponent that desperately wanted a bit of revenge didn’t help Moffat County High School soccer players Thursday, but even against a team looking to even up the score, Bulldogs young and old were looking to play their hearts out for Senior Night.

MCHS fell 4-2 in a rematch with the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School in a game coach Nathalie Boelen knew would be tougher the second time.

She noted that the Dogs’ 4-3 victory in Carbondale on Oct. 6 was one she hoped they could repeat, yet she could tell CRMS was raring to change up the score.

“It’s very clear they watched the game footage of us,” she said.

Oysters draped themselves over Vlajko Pavlovic and Axeel Mendoza in particular, knowing who to shut down to stall the offense.

Still, it was Moffat County that gained the first goal when Pedro Romero was pulled to the ground right by the Oyster goal about 10 minutes into the game. Pavlovic scored on the resulting penalty kick.

CRMS got in two goals from there to make it a 2-1 halftime.

Normally, MCHS players would have been discussing a strategy to strike back, but honoring three senior athletes came first as Mendoza, Romero and Josh Pando joined their families at midfield for a ceremony.

The three eldest Bulldogs had assistant coach Gerald Weder read off their thoughts on the past four years, the future to come and their bond together.

“I love you, man, from the bottom of my heart,” Romero’s letter stated to Pando.

Likewise, Pando’s letter was sentimental — “You’re like a brother to me.”

Mendoza’s letter also recognized his fellow seniors as well as the whole of the Bulldog bunch.

“This wasn’t just my team or my team whatsoever; this was my family,” he wrote.

Once back on the pitch, the two teams remained evenly matched for the following 20 minutes, until Mendoza tied up the score with a 20-foot blast, unassisted.

The celebration was short-lived, however, as CRMS’s Jon Sallinen charged the goal minutes to get another one past goalie Sabastian Hershiser. The Oysters widened the deficit when a free kick from 30 feet out by Bodi Dallas slipped through Hershiser’s fingers. The Bulldog keeper was able to fix his error when Dallas set up in almost the exact same spot, part of eight saves he had in the afternoon.

MCHS was on the attack again and again in the second half, but offense couldn’t quite get another goal in gear despite 19 shots.

Oysters put 22 shots in the books, but even more notably, 13 fouls.

“I can’t fault our guys, they played hard and they know it,” Boelen said.

At 2-12 overall, Moffat County soccer will have one final game for this week and the season, hosting a rescheduled match with Delta at 4 p.m. Friday.