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Bulldog Beat: The week in review for Moffat County High School sports

John Vandelinder

— The fall sports season for Moffat County High School has come to a close, so this week was pretty thin. The winter season is on the horizon, so be on the lookout for future analysis of boys and girls basketball, wrestling, hockey and swimming to hit the beat in the coming weeks.

The football team finished the year Friday, albeit on a down note, but it gives me something to discuss.

Let’s take a look:

Football

Finally, an end to the misery called Moffat County football.

No matter which way you look at it – injuries and players quitting, etc. – this team was destined for the season outcome that occurred. Finishing the schedule with a 3-7 record sounds better than what actually took place.

This unit started the season strong out of the gate with a 2-0 record, and some expected this to be another Moffat County playoff team on the road to glory.

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It never panned out for the Bulldogs.

The third week of the season, Moffat County lost their most valuable player – J.T. Haddan – to injury. Without the starting running back/middle linebacker, the team was forced to play catch-up all season.

The squad lost seven of its last eight games to finish the year, indicating how thin they were on both sides of the ball.

With that said, this team showed a lot of heart.

In its three victories, they outscored the opposition, 107-60, for an average score of 35-20. That’s pretty promising.

But, in the team’s losses, they were outscored, 239-71. That is an average of 35-10 per game in defeat.

They did manage to avoid being shut out the entire season, while pitching one of their own, against Rawlins in the season opener.

They overcame adversity on and off the field, and most of the seniors on the team told me they were happy with the end result.

I, on the other hand, am not.

Watching these kids throughout the season, I saw a glaring difference between them and the opposition.

The difference?

Strength.

I hear the coaching staff mention the lack of weightlifting provided by the school, but what about after school?

How about before school?

Moffat County was pushed all over the field, throughout the entire season. Watching them give up an average of more than seven yards per rush to the opposition was a clear indication of what the team lacked, and where.

Anything you do on the football field starts with the line.

Defensively and offensively.

It just shows the ever-running motors of Eli Buckner, Robert Daniels and their fellow backers – running backs or linebackers – were constantly in overdrive to make the impact they did.

Think of how formidable they would have been with a line that actually had some push to it.

If you are on the JV squad, looking toward a shot at varsity, I have this to tell you: Hit the weights, boys.

Or, be ready to finish 3-7.

Unless, you play Rawlins ten times.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com