Football players earn honors |

Football players earn honors

Bruce Tippets

The Moffat County High School varsity football team finished the 1999 season 6-5 overall and 5-2 in league play and showed the rest of the conference that it is a team on the rise.

The Bulldogs completed the season Nov. 13 in the first round of the playoffs.

For their efforts this season, junior Kevin Voorhees, and seniors Kevin Field, Frank Counts, Brandon Carerra and Jake Hettinger made the all-conference team.

Junior Jeff Gaylord, and seniors Coalin Hume, Kurtis Kostur and Matt Johnston were named honorable mention.

“It was a good season,” said Bulldogs coach John Haddan. “We ended up second in the conference and things are headed in the right direction. We just have to get more disciplined on both sides of the ball.”

Field, who played middle linebacker and center, was named the team’s defensive Most Valuable Player (MVP).

“I am happy with making all-conference,” said Field. “It was nice having nine of us make it. The other guys that made it really deserved it.”

Field finished the regular season with 133 tackles, 65 assists and eight sacks.

“We improved every year and we fought hard,” said Field. “We learned from every game and we were able to become a pretty good team. “Unfortunately we didn’t do too good in the playoffs, but we did have a good season. We got something started here that they can take from here on out.”

Counts, who played running back and outside linebacker, was named the team’s offensive MVP. Counts finished the season with 10 touchdowns and 754 yards on the ground. He also recorded 101 tackles, 58 assists and three sacks.

“I had a really good season,” said Counts. “This year I was more effective on offense. I moved to halfback this year from fullback last year. I had a great offensive line and my lead blocker, Matt Johnston, was awesome. All the seniors helped us out and it was awesome playing with them. We had a lot of improvement throughout the years.”

Carerra, who played wide receiver and defensive back, was named the team’s special teams MVP, and was shocked to learn he made the team.

“I was surprised at making all-conference. I was looking forward to making honorable mention,” said Carerra. “We had a lot of good guys on the team and I think that showed that we had a lot of strong guys on the team. We got better and better each year and you can see that our sophomores this year are better.”

“The seniors were a good bunch this year and they were good football players,” said Haddan. “They did everything that we asked them to do. They never gave up and they really played hard when they were behind a lot of times this season.

“We are going to really miss that bunch, but we have to look towards the future. We are excited about the future as well.”