MCHS football falls in season opener
September 5, 1999
The Moffat County Bulldogs varsity football team jumped to an early 7-6 halftime lead Saturday against the Fruita Monument Wildcats, only to see the Wildcats score 34 second half points to down the Bulldogs, 40-7.
Moffat County High School (MCHS), a Class 3A team, now stands at 0-1 on the young season, while the Class 4A Wildcats improved to 1-1.
The teams traded fumbles in the early part of the game and neither team was able to put anything on the scoreboard in the first period.
The Wildcats finally broke the scoreless tie on the first play of the second quarter when Marcus Coleman burst up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown. The point after kick was missed.
The Bulldogs then put together their longest drive of the game, moving from their own 14 yard line to the Fruita Monument 1 yard line. The drive was highlighted by a 40-yard bomb from junior quaterback Jeff Gaylord to senior wide receiver Brandon Carrera.
Senior running back Frank Counts dove from the 1-yard line to tie the game at 6-6 with 33 seconds left in the half. Sophomore kicker Chris Field converted the extra point to make it 7-6 heading into the break.
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The Wilkcats opened the third quarter by returning a kickoff 31 yards into Bulldogs territory. Four plays later, quarterback Ryan Jobe found Miles Kochevar in the corner for a 33-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and with a 13-7 lead the Wildcats never looked back.
The next drive for Moffat County stalled.
On fourth down, with Chirs Field back to punt, the snap was bounced back to him. Field was able to kick it, but the Wildcats blocked it, and took over on the Bulldogs 27 yard line.
Five plays later, on first and goal, Coleman dove from the 1 yard line for a 19-7 lead. The point after attempt was good for a 20-7 lead.
The Wilkcats went on to score 20 more points for the commanding win.
The Bulldogs play their first home game of the season at 1 p.m. Saturday at the high school field against Jefferson.