Do it for Georgie!
Bulldog defense overcomes loss of leader to hold off Glenwood
The last thing Moffat County High School junior George Raftopolous said to his teammates before he was taken off the field with a compound fracture in his lower leg was, Make sure we win.
The Bulldogs carried out his wish and held off Glenwood Springs High School, 27-20, in front of a capacity homecoming crowd.
After George was taken to the hospital, it was hard to think about anything but him, said junior linebacker Jason Mosher.
Mosher, along with senior defensive back Danny Torgerson, junior defensive back Kelvin Grinolds and Raftopolous wear white arm bands with BROS written on them describing the teammates relationships on and off the field.
Every play for us on defense was for him, Mosher said.
The injury came with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter with the Demon offense driving on the Bulldogs.
Two plays after Raftopolous went down, Glenwood Springs junior Mike Hoban scored on a 4-yard run and followed it up with a two-point conversion to bring the score to a 27-20 with a Bulldog advantage.
The defense lost a little focus after George went down, said defensive coordinator Lance Scranton. They settled and stuck it out.
With a starting linebacker in the hospital and an offense that couldnt find the end zone after exploding in the first half for 27 points, the Moffat County defense was challenged throughout the fourth quarter. With 6:47 left in the final quarter, the 9-5-9 Attack had to protect its 27-20 lead. On third down with five-yards to go, seniors Alan Horrocks and
Tad Behrens pulled down
Glenwood quarterback Chris Toler for a 9-yard loss and forced the Demons to punt.
The Glenwood defense held the Bulldogs and knocked them back to a fourth-and-20 situation.
Hoban fumbled the punt and Moffat County recovered the ball on Glenwoods 19-yard line. An unsportsman-like-conduct penalty knocked the Bulldogs back to the 19-yard line on second and goal. The offense was unable to reach the end zone and on 4th and goal from the 8-yard line, the Bulldogs opted for a 25-yard field goal attempt. The kick by junior Brad Hurd was no good and the Demons took over the ball with 52 seconds left on their 20-yard line.
The Demons couldnt find anyone to pass to and faced fourth down after three unsuccessful passes. On fourth down, with 18 seconds left in the game, Mosher threw down Toler, securing the Bulldog win.
On the last play I saw coach Torgerson holding up Georgies helmet and knew I had to go after it, Mosher said. It was a nice way to end the game.
Glenwood coach Craig Denney said he was impressed by what he saw from the Bulldogs.
They made us grind it out on offense during the second half and we came up short, he said. Theyre a good team with possibly the most speed on offense Ive seen from a high school squad.
The Bulldog speed burned Glenwood for four scores in the first half. The boys in blue gave the home crowd something to cheer about the first time they touched the ball as junior Aaron Sanchez ran back the kick-off for 93-yards to make the score 7-6.
The coaching staff had this team ready, said head coach Kip Hafey. Coach Linsacum had the backs ready, Coach Dralles special teams caused some turnovers and scored a touchdown. I just cant say enough about our staff.
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