Bulldog football falls, 36-8
Craig — The Moffat County High School football team lost twice when it visited Palisade High School Thursday night.
One, the Bulldogs lost the game, 36-8.
Two, and perhaps more importantly, the team lost starting running back/linebacker J.T. Haddan five minutes in to an injury.
“It doesn’t look good,” head coach Kip Hafey said. “He’s a big part of our game plan.”
Playing on defense, Haddan hit the turf after making a tackle on a Palisade run.
“I went to plant my foot,” Haddan said, “and the knee just gave out.”
Haddan is scheduled to see a doctor today to find out the extent of the injury.
And while the Bulldogs looked to find their rhythm without Haddan, Palisade had no such problems in the first half.
Palisade utilized a two-headed rushing attack behind the quickness of Zach Adair and the power of Aaron Wagler. The tandem combined for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
“When you want to win,” Palisade head coach John Arlidge said, “you have to run the ball.
“The kids played really well, and our line blocked great.”
Palisade converted two fourth-down conversions on its first possession, charging down to the Moffat County 6-yard line. Despite the progression, Moffat County halted Palisade’s drive taking over at its own 5-yard line.
The defensive stinginess stopped there.
Palisade scored on its next two possessions.
“They did an excellent job controlling the ball,” Hafey said. “I take my hat off to them.”
Quarterback Jake Bricker through consecutive interceptions, the latter was returned 55 yards for a score and a 23-0 deficit.
Things got worse from there.
Palisade blocked a Moffat County punt, falling on it in the end zone for another score and a 29-0 halftime lead.
With Haddan sidelined for the remainder of the contest, Moffat County came out of the break forced to attack through the air. Bricker converted five first downs, the most pivotal a 16 yard gain to wide receiver Colton Conrad on fourth and 11 keeping the drive alive. Bricker would score later in the drive on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.
“I’m proud of Jake,” Hafey said. “He did a good job. Our line gave him time.”
Moffat County gained seven of its 12 first downs after the break and outscoring the Palisade offense, 8-7.
“At the half, we had to spread it out and throw the football,” Hafey said. “When you lose your main offensive weapon – a guy who totes the rock 25 times a game – you have to change everything up.”
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