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Bulldogs ready for showdown

Bruce Tippets

Round one of league play is history for the Moffat County High School varsity football team.

Round two begins Friday night for the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0) when they battle the Delta Panthers (3-1, 1-0) on the road at 7:30 p.m.

“The Delta game is a big game for us,” said Bulldogs coach John Haddan. “We got off to a good start in league play, but we need to step up the play against Delta, because they are a higher caliber team than Eagle Valley. They have a great program year-in and year-out.”

According to Haddan, the opening week of conference play went without upsets.

“After the first week of league play there was no real big surprises,” said Haddan. “As the year goes on there will probably be some surprises here and there.”

After Friday night, the only away game the Bulldogs have is an Oct. 15 showdown with the Steamboat Springs Sailors.

“It will be nice to get the Delta trip out of the way,” said Haddan. “We will then have a short road trip to Steamboat Springs and then possibly we will be on the road for the playoffs.”

Wide receiver and defensive back Kevin Voorhees, a junior, will miss the game with Delta because he suffered a mild concussion during practice this week.

“We are not that healthy heading into the game with Delta,” said Haddan. “With Kevin being, out that hurts us on both sides of the ball. Jeremiah Noland is still out and they are a couple of key kids.”

Haddan knows the Panthers will be a hard-hitting team.

“Delta is always a physical team,” said Haddan. “They have two great running backs and they have great linemen. They have a good coach. It’s just a very well run program.”

Panthers coach Mike McGee believes the contest will go down to the wire.

“The Bulldogs are going to be real tough,” said Panthers coach Mike McGee. “They have some big, strong kids and usually they are tough. It’s a good rivalry. We just have to be ready and be at the top of our game, but we are excited about the game.”

Delta enters the contest with a three-game winning streak and last Friday, the Panthers downed Battle Mountain, 46-13.

“Our strengths are our senior class,” said McGee. “The whole team has been working hard. Our goal is to get better every week and we have done that.

“On offense we try and do a little bit of both, and our running game is going well so far this year,” said McGee. “We try to mix it up and our passing game is getting better each week.”

The Panthers will have homecoming on Friday.

“The stands should be full and it should be a packed house,” said McGee. “Usually during homecoming week it is tough to keep them focused, but our kids know that it is a big game. They have been focused and when we step on the practice field it’s been all business.”

“We don’t care if every team schedules us for homecoming,” said Haddan. “Our goal is to spoil every homecoming that we play at. We are just going to go down there to play hard and execute well.”