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Bulldog JV football team shuts out Hayden

Joshua Gordon

Thayne Riley, a Moffat County High School freshman, breaks free from a Hayden High School defender on his way to a rushing touchdown Monday at MCHS. Riley had two touchdowns on the ground as the Bulldogs shut out Hayden, 30-0.

As the clock dwindled down Monday at Moffat County High School, the Hayden High School junior varsity football team attempted to run one last play.

The Tigers ran the ball up the middle, a play they had been attempting the entire game.

The MCHS junior varsity defensive line closed the gaps and tackled the Hayden back for no gain.

The Bulldogs' defense pitched a shutout in a 30-0 victory on their home turf by suffocating the run and shutting down the Tigers' passing game.

"Our linebackers flowed to the ball and our defensive line got good penetration in a good team effort (Monday)," coach Ken Olinger said. "The guys played together well as a team and any time you get a shutout it is a good thing."

The Bulldogs (4-4) scored on the opening possession of the game on a rushing touchdown from freshman Phillip Chadwick, putting MCHS up 6-0.

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Hayden's most successful drive of the night was its first, which was halted just outside the red zone on a fumble recovered by MCHS junior Tyler Davis.

The game was delayed during the second quarter when a Hayden defender went down injured and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

On the ensuing play, freshman Thayne Riley broke free for another MCHS rushing touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 14-0 after a successful 2-point conversion.

Olinger said the players' ability to continually improve in practice has helped the running game this season.

"The kids know the plays and we get really good blocking up front followed by our running backs finding the opening and then making cuts after," he said. "We always are working to improve in practice and they have continued to learn throughout the season."

After the Bulldogs blocked a Hayden punt, Davis connected with freshman Matt Hamilton in the end zone on a touchdown pass to put MCHS up 22-0 at the half.

However, the Bulldogs stumbled out after the break, fumbling twice in a matter of minutes.

But, the MCHS defense again stepped up, stopping the Hayden offense in the red zone after the Tigers capitalized on good field possession following the second Bulldogs' fumble.

Riley found the end zone again in the fourth quarter, recording his second rushing touchdown of the game and extending the Bulldogs' lead to 30-0.

Olinger said the JV team has more freshman than sophomores or juniors, and while they have had growing pains, the experience will pay off in the future.

"We just really want to help them to keep getting better and understanding the philosophy of the type of game we play," he said. "Our gameplan doesn't change much when they get to varsity, so if they can learn and develop now, they will be ready when they are needed to step up."

The Bulldogs will play at 4 p.m. Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School.

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Box score from the Moffat County High School junior varsity football game Monday against Hayden High School at MCHS:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 6 — 16 — 0 — 8 — 30

• Hayden — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0 — 0

Scoring summary:

First quarter

• Moffat County — Phillip Chadwick touchdown run/failed 2-point conversion — 6-0

Second quarter

• Moffat County — Thayne Riley touchdown run/Phillip Chadwick successful 2-point conversion run — 14-0

• Moffat County — Tyler Davis touchdown pass to Matt Hamilton/Tyler Wells successful 2-point conversion run — 22-0

Third quarter


Fourth quarter

• Moffat County — Thayne Riley touchdown run/Phillip Chadwick successful 2-point conversion run — 30-0