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Bulldogs at full strength

Moffat County football team healthy as it prepares to face Delta this Friday

John Vandelinder

If you go

What: MCHS football hosts Delta

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Moffat County High School

Call: 970-824-7036

Projected starters

Moffat County


QB Jake Bricker

RB Matt Kincheloe

FB Eli Buckner

WR Colton Conrad

WR Tyler Roach

WR Drew Turner

T Colton Murray

T Ethan Robinson

G Dillon Guinn

G Austin Hill

C Pablo Salcido


DT Pablo Salcido

DT Brian Ivy

NG Travis Noland

LB Robert Daniels

LB Eli Buckner

LB Lyle Schaffner

LB Jordan Wilson

CB Paul Nelson

CB Eli Buckner

CB Tyler Roach

S Jake Bricker



QB Kevin Osborne

RB Luke Schmalz

FB David Murphy

WR Jesse Standish

WR Hank Howard

WR Brenton Hines

T Andrew Aragon

T Isaac Munoz

G Andrew Astin

G Brent Richmond

C Luke Laurita


DE Roan Brown

DE Ethan Kraai

NG Andrew Astin

LB Luke Schmalz

LB Luke Laurita

LB Robert Simpson

LB Duncan Simmons

LB Phillip Decker

CB Brenton Hines

CB Hank Howard

S Jesse Standish

— Trailing the final playoff position in the Western Slope League by two wins, the Moffat County football team is looking to capture victories in its last four games for a shot at making it to the postseason.

It’s a familiar position for head coach Kip Hafey.

Moffat County (2-4 overall, 1-3 Western Slope League) was in a similar position last year, with the Bulldogs proving they were more than capable of stepping up to the challenge by making it to the postseason.

“The kids have been here before,” Hafey said. “Last year, we won our last four in a row. We have to start Friday.”

Delta High School (1-5, 1-4 WSL) visits Friday, bringing its size and physical play to the Bulldogs proving ground.

“They are a tough team,” Delta coach Kirk McLaughlin said. “We’ve been playing horrible up until this point. We can’t do that again this week.”

Hafey believes the teams are evenly-matched squads.

“They should match up well with us,” he said. “We have to show up and play well if we expect to win.”

Hafey said the team wasn’t focusing on all four games at once. He knows what it takes to make strides as a team.

“We just have to focus on this week,” he said. “One game at a time.”

On the offensive side

Hafey said the Bulldogs have been working on a few new formations in preparation for their matchup with the Panthers.

“We have added some new tweaks for this week,” he said. “It should be more fun out there for the kids.”

Senior quarterback Jake Bricker, senior running back Matt Kincheloe and senior wide receiver Drew Turner will be healthy enough to return to the starting lineup this week.

Hafey isn’t guaranteeing anything to his players though.

“We have been working a lot of the younger kids in this week,” he said. “We are giving everyone a long look when it comes to playing time.”

Hafey also said time at the quarterback position has been evenly split between Bricker and sophomore Matt Linsacum.

“Linsacum played well last week,” Hafey said. “He deserves a shot.”

Hafey stressed that all positions on the team are up for grabs, hinting in-team competition brings out the best in his squad.

“There is no pressure on these kids to win,” he said. “The pressure is on them to prove during practice that they deserve to play.”

On the defensive side

Defensive coordinator Lance Scranton said the return of linebackers Travis Daniels and Jordan Wilson would bolster the defensive unit.

“That will help us tremendously,” he said. “We are looking forward to the leadership they bring to the field.”

Delta is a big, power-based team that will run right at the Bulldog defense.

“We will have to be in the right spots at the right times,” Scranton said. “We aren’t changing things up; we are just polishing up what we have in place already.

Scranton said during practice this week, the defensive unit has been working on the FUNDO circuit – fun in fundamentals. The program is based on perfecting the fundamentals of defense, recognizing the right reads and wrapping up on tackles.

The key to the defensive schemes for Scranton is having all of his players back on the field.

“Being at full strength,” Scranton said, “will be our strength.”

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