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Demons down Dogs

Bruce Tippets

— Big plays turned the tide for Durango as the Demons downed the Moffat County High School Bulldogs, 44-6, Friday night in Craig at the high school field.

The Class 3A Bulldogs fall to 1-2 on the season while Durango, Class 4A, moves to 3-0.

With the game tied, 6-6, and six minutes left in the first half, the Bulldogs was standing tall against the Demons until Durango senior running back Tim Wakefield rumbled 80-yards for a score. The extra point was blocked and the Demons had a 12-6 lead.

“When the score was tied we knew that we were in a dog fight,” said Demons coach Shane Voos. “The Bulldogs really played a physical game and they really challenged us. I think it was a heck of a football game until we kind of opened it up and scored some touchdowns.”

On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs fumbled the ball and Durango recovered the pigskin at the 20-yard line with five minutes left before halftime.

Four plays later, Wakefield scored his third touchdown of the game from the 11-yard line to put the Demons up front, 18-6.

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The Demons stopped the Bulldogs’ next possession and Durango found the end zone once again when senior quarterback Nick McCoola hit junior wide receiver Chris Woolverton for a 56-yard score with 19 seconds left in the first half. The Demons went into the locker room with a 24-6 lead.

“We had some key mistakes in the second quarter,” said Bulldogs coach John Haddan. “We would play four tough downs on defense and then would get a key penalty. When you are playing a team that is bigger, faster and stronger than you are you can’t afford to make mistakes.”

At the 7:59 mark of the third quarter, Durango put the game out of reach when McCoola connected with junior running back Jon Griego for a 60-yard pass and a 30-6 lead.

“We knew coming in that we would have some problems with their pass offense,” said Haddan. “We don’t have any excuses. They out-played us, out-hit us and that is just the bottom line.”

The Demons finished the contest with 265 yards rushing and Wakefield finished with 182 yards on 17 carriers. Meanwhile, McCoola was 17 of 27 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

Before the contest started, Haddan knew his team would need to play well to get a win.

“We hung tough with a 4A school,” said Haddan. “The Demons will be playing 5A ball next year. When you play a team like that you almost have to play perfect football and we didn’t do that. I don’t think the kids ever gave up and they played to the end.”

The Bulldogs start league play on the road at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Eagle Valley.