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Hyped up on hype

The hype has begun.

If you read the Denver Post or the Rocky Mountain News, then you know that if the Moffat County High School vs. Niwot football game were a boxing match it would be the heavyweight championship, pay-per-view event of the weekend.

The contest between the 10-1 ‘Dogs and the 11-0 Cougars was featured in both papers for the Class 3A playoff preview.

Is anybody else getting out the thermometer because their head is hot from football fever?

As I wrote in Wednesday’s paper I have a bit of a playoff anxiety problem. Fortunately, by the time you read this we’re only about 24 hours from the kickoff.

All kinds of happenings have helped stir my Bulldog belligerence.

First, the quotes from the Niwot players in Thursday’s papers make me anxious.

The Denver Post and the Longmont Times Call featured the linebacking corps of the Cougars. The fearsome foursome deserves the press. Only one running back has rushed for more than 100 yards on them. He did most of his damage in the fourth quarter when Niwot was up big, so the century mark may have been against the JV.

At the same time, Niwot coach Ron Tesone told me that they hadn’t faced a running team anything like Moffat County. A quote from senior linebacker Thomas Bauer doesn’t sound as if they’re too worried though.

“I’d hate to be an opposing running back going against our defense,” he said. “It’s our job to go out there and punish those guys.”

Another linebacker, senior Grant Overs, told the Denver Post, “We are tenacious and intense, and I don’t think there is a weakness on this defense.”

What we have here is one of the greatest aspects of sports. There are two mighty forces — the Moffat County offense, 4,408 yards, and the Niwot defense, 16 points allowed in the first half all season, and it’s like crushing two rocks together. Eventually one will break.

Maybe they’ll defy nature and neutralize each other. If that happens it comes down to the Moffat defense and the Niwot offense.

Cougar safety Sean Ratliff, last year’s Class 4A player of the year in baseball, thinks his team has the advantage in this face-off.

“Their (defensive backs), not to say that they have bad DBs, but they are not up to the caliber of the other areas. Their DBs are all shorter than our three receivers, so we’re going to try to exploit size difference.” Ratliff told the Rocky Mountain News.

Sounds like a call-out to the Moffat defensive backs if you ask me.

Boy oh boy, I’m ready for Saturday.

Here are a couple other happenings this week that have me ready for some football.

There are 23 businesses signed up for the window decorating competition. If I earned more than a journalist’s wages, I would give all 23 tickets to the game because they’re all winners in my mind.

Sorry, though, I have to pay my electric bill and rent next week, so there goes my extra ticket purchases.

How about the businesses that pitched in to give away 100 free tickets? They rock just as much. We were out of tickets by 1 p.m. Thursday.

If you want to beat the rush, tickets are available today until 4 p.m. at the Moffat County High School athletics office.

For what it matters, I’m ready.

I hope you’re all ready too. Hope to see you there.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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