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Bulldogs romp in season opener

MCHS boys varsity football team shuts out Rawlins

John Vandelinder

Moffat County quarterback Jake Bricker hands the ball off as Austin Hill, 54, blocks in the first half of Friday night's road contest against the Rawlins Outlaws out of Wyoming. The Bulldogs won their season opener, 20-0.

— Despite installing a new offense in the offseason, the Bulldogs relied on what they do best in Friday’s season opener against Rawlins, Wyo.

Run the ball.

Bulldog back Drew Turner rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on four carries, and J.T. Haddan amassed another 86, to lead Moffat County past the host Outlaws, 20-0.

Head coach Kip Hafey had wanted to utilize a more balanced attack, but the situation demanded a different course of action.

“The pass wasn’t where we wanted it to be, but I’m happy with the way the kids performed,” Hafey said.

When Rawlins had the ball, the Outlaws struggled to move the ball against the Bulldog defense, with Moffat County forcing turnovers on Rawlins’ first two possessions.

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The Bulldogs got on the board with 2:46 left in the first quarter, when Haddan caught a screen pass from Bricker and raced down the left sideline, dragging Outlaw defenders with him on his way to a 42-yard score.

“My teammates executed their blocks perfectly, and I just bullied my way in those last few yards.” Haddan said.

“J.T. is a workhorse,” Hafey said. “Just give him the ball. He doesn’t get tired.”

Turner fumbled a punt return early in the second quarter, but he made up for it moments later.

The Bulldogs had a first down on their 25 yard line, when Turner got the call at running back. He cut around left tackle and sped untouched for a 75-yard score. Hafey went for the 2-point converstion, but the run failed.

The Bulldogs held a 13-0 lead at the half.

In the second half, Rawlins managed to cross mid-field once, and had more penalties than first downs.

Quarterback Jake Bricker sealed the victory for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter. Facing fourth and two from the Outlaw 4 yard line, Bricker ran the option right up the middle of the Rawlins defense, accounting for the final margin of victory.

Outlaw coach Travis Moore wasn’t disappointed in his team’s performance.

“Our team is trying to gel right now,” he said. “By the middle of the season, we should be where we need to be.”

Hafey rewarded his players for their victory by giving them the next two days off.

“Next week is going to be different,” Hafey said. “We’ll take a few days off, and then we will be back getting ready for Battle Mountain.”

The Bulldogs host Battle Mountain High School next Friday.