First half has belonged to the ‘Dogs |

First half has belonged to the ‘Dogs

David Pressgrove

After starting slow against Eagle Valley a month ago, the Moffat County football team has owned the first half.

The Bulldog defense held Steamboat Springs, Delta and Glenwood Springs to three points while the offense put up 59 points.

“We learned we can’t come out and just expect to win,” senior Kyle Gannon said. “I think we’ve been very focused at the beginning of the game.”

The Bulldog defense has only allowed points on the board once in the first quarter all season. The 9-5-9 squad also has contributed to the offense, outscoring opponents 47-7 in the first quarter by causing eight turnovers in the first quarter.

“Other than Eagle Valley, this team has been focused and ready to go,” coach Kip Hafey said.

The second half has been a different story.

Because the second team often plays in the fourth quarter, the numbers are skewed. But the Bulldog offense has produced six points after halftime in the past three games.

Maybe Delta coach Bruce Keith’s explanation of how his team scored twice on the Bulldogs comes into play.

“It’s hard to hold a lead and keep focused,” he said.

Hafey could see a little loss of concentration from his guys.

“We need to keep our focus better,” Hafey said. “Especially against Palisade, we’ll need to keep focus the entire game.”

Maybe the full-bore in the first half is wearing on the smaller ‘Dogs in the second half.

Hafey agreed that each week his team has become more physical, but he didn’t think the reason for the struggles in the second half was fatigue.

“We’ve driven the ball in the second half,” he said. “It just doesn’t show on the scoreboard. I believe that conditioning is a strength of our team”

The next two weeks are important for Moffat County’s chances to make the playoffs. Moffat will improve its chances to make the playoffs with an upset of No. 1 Palisade, but regardless of a win or loss against Palisade, Moffat must beat Rifle.

“The next two weeks need to be our best yet,” Hafey said. “I feel we’re becoming a better football team every week. That needs to continue.”

The Bulldogs take on Palisade on Saturday a 1 p.m. at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

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