John Vandelinder: Week in review of Moffat County sports |

John Vandelinder: Week in review of Moffat County sports

John Vandelinder

The football team ended its season on a high note Friday, rolling over Cortez, 41-12, and sending its senior class of three out in style.

Also ending, by popular demand, is the Bulldog Beat, which is being retired.

(Thanks to all those who gave me insider tips, opinions and ideas. Keep them coming.)

Ironic that this column of 65-plus weeks ends with football – where it all once began.

My writing career started under the Friday night lights in South Florida, so I guess you could say high school football gave me my break.

It’s only fitting the Beat ends with my nose buried in a football statistics book.

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Let’s take a look:


Class 3A Western Slope Conference final regular season standings

Conf Overall

Glenwood Springs* 8-0 10-0

Palisade 7-1 9-1

Steamboat Springs 6-2 8-2

Eagle Valley 4-4 4-6

Moffat County 3-5 4-6

Rifle 3-5 3-7

Delta 2-6 4-6

Montezuma-Cortez 2-6 3-7

Battle Mountain 0-8 0-10

* denotes conference champion

The Moffat County football team missed out on the postseason this year, but for a team with three seniors on the roster, the season still must be considered a success.

Who could of known that this year’s team would match last year’s win total?

I know in the beginning of the season I predicted four wins from this team, and after Friday night’s drubbing of Cortez, the Bulldogs made me look like a genius.

If only we could have the Rifle game back, or better yet, 15 more seconds on the clock.

Junior running back Pablo Salcido opened some eyes across the Western Slope, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark in the season’s final game and finishing the season with 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Salcido also hauled in 33 passes for another 360 yards and a touchdown, leading the team in receiving and rushing yards in his first taste of action as a starter.

Junior Jasen Kettle showed he gained some strength and attitude this year, amassing 691 yards rushing, while scoring seven touchdowns.

Junior Halen Raymond showed his toughness between the tackles, chugging his way to 353 yards and a touchdown.

The Wing T offense utilized by head coach Kip Hafey didn’t afford quarterback Matt Linsacum many passing opportunities, but the junior still threw for 528 yards and six scores, many of them gained while rolling out of the pocket.

The number that sticks out in my mind though, is the 115 next to senior Lyle Schaffner’s name. The number represents Schaffner’s season total in tackles; a number I call amazing, considering he moved to the linebacker position three games into the season.

Junior Nathan Tomlin led the team with four interceptions, while junior Frank Archuleta led the team in sacks, with four.

Farewell to Schaffner, Hunter Zellers and Ethan Robinson, three big guys who will be missed, but next season looks strong, with 30 of this year’s 33 players likely to return.

The only problem?

Football season is now more than nine months away.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or

Season statistics

2008 Moffat County High School football team


Name Comp./Att. Yds. TDs Int.

Matt Linsacum 29/65 528 3 6

Pablo Salcido 1/1 35 1 0


Name Carries Yards TDs

Pablo Salcido 144 1,064 10

Jasen Kettle 107 691 7

Halen Raymond 62 353 1

Matt Linsacum 43 12 4

Lyle Schaffner 23 55 1

Braeden Sullivan 10 21 0


Name Catches Yards TDs

Pablo Salcido 33 360 1

Jasen Kettle 4 65 1

Chet Harvey 2 29 1

Scott Mann 1 28 0

Nathan Tomlin 1 61 1


Name Tackles Sacks Int FF FR

Lyle Schaffner 115 2

Todd Stewart 72 1 1

Nathan Tomlin 62 4

Scott Mann 59 1 1

Brian Ivy 51

Ethan Robinson 48 3

Justin Benedict 48 2 2 2

Jordan Wilson 37 2 1 1 1

Alex McCoy 32

C.J. Walt 29

Aaron Nielson 25 1

Halen Raymond 23 1 1

Frank Archuleta 23 4

A. Raftopoulos 15

Nathan Chapman 9

Zack Wilde 9

Pablo Salcido 4 1

Jeremiah Gordon 4

Hunter Zellers 3

Jayson Edge 2

Ryan Gerber 2

Braeden Sullivan 1

Cody Adams 1

Casey Martin 1

Matt Linsacum 1