Gunnison slams Moffat County football, 49-0
September 12, 2014
Craig — The number seven didn't hold a lot of luck for the players of the Moffat County High School varsity football team in their latest game, with that many touchdowns being scored against them and with them unable to provide much of a response.
The visiting Gunnison Cowboys walked all over the Bulldogs in a 49-0 game Friday night at MCHS. After claiming its first win of the season last week, the team found itself with a 1-3 record by the end of the evening.
The Cowboys, 2-1, scored their first touchdown early, but the opening quarter was unpredictable as each team produced more turnovers than a bakery. The Bulldogs were able to force two fumbles, with recoveries by Matt Hamilton and Keenan Hildebrandt, but MCHS couldn't get it going on offense, and Hamilton threw three picks in the first quarter alone.
A Bulldog injury also occurred early on when Brady Springer was taken out of the game and had his left leg taped up with what trainers think could be damage to his ACL.
"And that was my good ACL," said Springer, on crutches, referring to a similar injury to his right leg.
The backfield struggled to do much compared to Gunnison's running game, with the visitors up, 28-0, at the end of the first quarter. After the Cowboys' Ian O'Banion ran in another TD early in the second quarter, it looked as if the Bulldogs were finding new opportunities to stay on offense, as Stelios Peroulis seized the chance to grab a bobbled punt return for a third fumble recovery.
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Still, the forward progression was nonexistent, and with Gunnison chipping away at the MCHS defense, another score was inevitable. When a short run made the tally 42-0 with five minutes left in the half, coach Keith Gille was forced to enact a running clock situation.
Coming back onto the field after halftime, the Bulldogs got into scoring position thanks in no small part to a reception by Mikinizie Klimper in the red zone, but they couldn't cross the goal line. To make matters worse, within one play of getting back the ball, Gunnison’s Brady Wilson took off on a 94-yard tear for the final TD of the night.
The fourth quarter was a scoreless one, and Gille and his team were unhappy with the speedy conclusion to a game that got out of their control too soon.
Although the final point margin isn't the largest the Bulldogs have faced this season after a 62-7 loss in Rifle, this is their first time experiencing a shutout this year.
Gille said the Cowboys proved themselves superior, though much of the loss came from the Bulldogs simply not giving their best effort.
However, he thinks the blame for their performance is his and his alone.
"It's totally on me. I didn't have them ready to play," he said. "That's the bottom line."