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Go earn it: Craig Middle School athletes commit for Moffat County High School football

Current Moffat County High School football players are joined by incoming freshmen athletes during a signing ceremony Wednesday at Craig Middle School.
Andy Bockelman

A lot can happen in four years, and Moffat County High School football coach Jamie Nelson hopes to see the next batch of Bulldogs start their journey now to even higher levels of athleticism.

It all starts with a pen stroke…

Nelson hosted a special signing Wednesday in the Craig Middle School for eighth-grade football players planning to join the Moffat County program upon starting their freshman year.

The process involved 17 players filling out the paperwork — similar to a letter of intent for a collegiate program — to show their commitment to MCHS in the fall.

Athletes signing included Evan Atkin, Jayce Christopher, Matthew Cooper, Dylan Gonzales, Josh Hernandez, Catcher Jackson, Johnathan Lopez, Tristan Malvitz, Landon Morgan, Cort Murphy, Max Noland, Izzac Pierce, Alex Reno, Carlos Silva, Hunter Snow, Isaac Vallem and Tallyn Wagner.

As part of the process, they also slipped on the high school jerseys once the 2019-20 school year starts.

Moffat County High School football jerseys are at the ready for freshmen prepared to commit during a signing ceremony Wednesday at Craig Middle School.
Andy Bockelman

Though largely ceremonial, Nelson said the signing day allowed incoming freshmen to show their dedication, which he hopes they will continue to build in the coming years.

“This letter is a contract,” he said. “There’s three pages, there’s rules, there’s everything. The football program goal is to help each of you understand the importance of being the best you can be. All the time.”

Moffat County High School football players Dario Alexander, Kevin Hernandez and Tyler Fortune help with the setup of a signing ceremony Wednesday at Craig Middle School.
Andy Bockelman

Older MCHS gridiron gang members also aided with the signing, including Dario Alexander, Kevin Hernandez, Corey Scranton, Donnie Quick, Blake Juergens, and Tyler Fortune, all of whom will be on the field for their junior and senior seasons.

“When everyone consistently strives to be the best in all areas of their lives, the Bulldog football program will enjoy success on the field, but more importantly, you will become a champion in your life and a leader in your community,” Nelson said.

With an assembly of CMS students present to witness the signing, Nelson — also a CMS teacher — encouraged them to start thinking about how high school sports, academics, and other extracurriculars can pave the way to college or other big goals later in life, providing they will put in the work early in all facets.

“Go earn it,” Nelson said.