Bulldogs travel to face Palisade
QB Jake Bricker
RB Eli Buckner
WR Paul Nelson
WR Colton Conrad
WR Tyler Roach
WR Drew Turner
T Colton Murray
T Ethan Robinson
G Dillon Guinn
G Austin Hill
C Travis Wilson
DT Ethan Robinson
DT Brian Ivy
NG Travis Wilson
LB Matt Kincheloe
LB Drew Turner
LB J.T. Haddan
LB Robert Daniels
CB Paul Nelson
CB Eli Buckner
CB Tyler Roach
S Jake Bricker
If you go
What: MCHS Football visits Palisade High School
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Palisade High School, 3679 G Road, Grand Junction
Craig — Kip Hafey has achieved many goals since taking over as the Moffat County High School head football coach.
One goal has remained out of his reach.
Beating Palisade High School.
“Palisade is the No. 2 ranked school in the state,” Hafey said. “It’s definitely going to be a work-out for us.”
Moffat County will travel to Grand Junction Thursday for a match up with Palisade in a battle of undefeated teams.
The Bulldogs, 2-0, 1-0 in the Western Slope League, have been working on defense this week, in preparation for what Hafey said will be an old-school, smash-mouth style game.
“They are a power run type team, just like we are,” he said. “We are planning on putting more guys in the box – closer to the line of scrimmage – than we have so far this season.”
Palisade, 2-1, 1-0 Western Slope League, returns running back Jesse Kirstatter.
“They have a tremendous back over there,” said Hafey. “He’s going to make our defense work hard.”
The Bulldogs run a 33 defense – three lineman, four linebackers and four defensive backs – which Hafey said will have to be mixed up for Thursday’s contest.
“We’ll give them a few different looks, but our base package will be the same,” he said. “Honestly the best defense for us will be to have a ball control offense. If we can chew up the clock on offense, it will give our defense a chance to rest and it will keep them fresh.”
Offensively, Hafey said the Bulldogs aren’t scheming anything new. Running the ball is the key.
“We are going to stick with what works,” he said. “Our kids were impressive pounding the ball last week. When we run well, it opens up the passing game.”
Hafey said he wants his team to focus on effort and to work on dispatching mental mistakes.
“We have got to be mentally tough this week,” he said. “It’s going to be about guts and effort. This game will have a lot of hard hitting. It should be a great one to watch.”
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