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Going out in style

Bulldogs roll over Cortez, 41-12, in season finale

John Vandelinder

Trailing, 12-6, behind Cortez at the end of the first half Friday, the Moffat County football team turned to junior Pablo Salcido to turn the tide.

Salcido responded in waves, single-handedly turning the six-point deficit into a 29-point season-ending victory.

“We’re really excited to end the season like this,” Bulldogs coach Kip Hafey said. “It’s great to send the seniors out in style and get them a big victory.”

The Panthers (2-6 Western Slope League, 3-6 overall) jumped out to the quick two-score lead behind a 27-yard run by Kienan Tibbits and a 26-yard pass from senior quarterback Logan Case to senior wide receiver Tommy Taylor.

“We were doing what we were supposed to,” Panthers coach Chuck Cotter said. “We were blocking well, hitting the hole and going after it.”

But the 12 points would be all the Moffat County defense would allow.

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Bulldogs senior quarterback Matt Linsacum connected with tight end Chet Harvey in the back of the end zone for a 13-yard score with 2:47 remaining before the half.

The ensuing extra point failed, and the Bulldogs trailed by six at the break.

“We listened to a song at halftime,” Hafey said. “It was an old country song about going for a ride. I told them, ‘Let’s go for a ride,’ and they did.”

The Salcido Express provided the rides in the second half.

The junior tailback broke away for the first of his three 60-plus-yard runs, scoring from 65 yards out less than a minute into the second half.

And he wasn’t even close to being finished.

Salcido connected with fellow tailback Jasen Kettle on a 35-yard touchdown pass out of a halfback option play.

On the next Bulldogs possession, Salcido scored from 68 yards outand followed that up with a 62-yard jaunt.

Salcido finished with 311 yards on 22 carries, a two-point-conversion run and the touchdown pass.

“Coach Linsacum told me to stop dancing like a ballerina and start running,” Salcido said. “I wasn’t thinking I would score. I just ran, and hopefully nobody got in front of me.”

Nobody did.

The Moffat County defense took over from there.

Junior Nathan Tomlin picked off an errant Cortez pass – his fourth interception of the year – after having a potential pick bounce out of his hands earlier in the contest.

Junior defensive back Scott Mann sealed the deal on the Bulldog Proving Grounds, intercepting a pass and returning it for a 45-yard touchdown, accounting for the final margin of victory.

“You know, some people didn’t even think we’d win one game this year,” Hafey said. “But I believed, and the kids believed, and we ending up winning four and just missing the playoffs.”

As for finishing the season with a win?

“I couldn’t think of a better way to end it,” Hafey said.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

Game statistics

Moffat County 41

Cortez 12

Box Score 1 2 3 4 F

MCHS 0 6 15 20 41

Cortez 12 0 0 0 12

Team Statistics:

MCHS Cortez

First Downs 15 9

Rushes-yards 49-393 39-206

Passing-yards 102 65

Comp-att-int 6-10-0 4-21-2

Punts 1-32 4-136

Fumbles-lost 3-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 7-65 5-50

T.O.P 26:00 22:00

Scoring

First quarter

C – Tibbitts 27 run (kick failed) 9:50

C – Taylor 26 pass from Case (run failed) 2:58

Second quarter

MC – Harvey pass from Linsacum (pass failed) 2:47

Third quarter

MC – Salcido 65 run (Raymond kick) 11:02

MC – Kettle 35 pass from Salcido (Salcido run) 4:04

Fourth quarter

MC – Salcido 68 run (run failed) 9:13

MC – Salcido 62 run (Raymond kick) 1:43

MC – Mann 45 interception return (Raymond kick) 1:27

Individual statistics:

Rushing

Moffat County: Pablo Salcido – 22-311-3td; Jasen Kettle – 16-83; Halen Raymond – 4-30

Cortez: Logan Case – 14-52; Tommy Taylor – 10-47; Caleb Hollar – 8-20; Keenan Garcia – 5-57

Passing

Moffat County: Matt Linsacum – 5-9-67-1td; Pablo Salcido – 1-1-35-1td

Cortez: Logan Case – 4-21-65-1td

Receiving

Moffat County: Pablo Salcido – 3-26; Jasen Kettle – 1-35-1td; Scott Mann – 1-28; Chet Harvey – 1-13-1td

Cortez: Tommy Taylor 2-37-1td