MCHS football improves win streak to three
Even after a three-game winning streak, the Moffat County High School football team is without a standout player but that has been the plan all along.
“We knew going into the season we were going to win with unity,” said head coach Kip Hafey after the Bulldog’s 24-6 victory over Bayfield. “I couldn’t tell you a star of the game for us because it was such a well-balanced attack.”
The list of big-play contributors for the Bulldogs reads like the starting lineup card. On the defensive side senior Danny Torgerson and sophomore Scott Garoutte grabbed interceptions, while junior Jason Mosher and senior Stephen Silva each collected a sack.
On special teams, senior Tad Behrens blocked an extra-point kick and sophomore Stetson Otero timed a field goal block perfectly.
The +4 offense scored in all four quarters with touchdowns in the first three. Junior quarterback Aaron Sanchez scored from one yard out, senior running back Eric Bastow had a 35-yard run for a touchdown and senior wide receiver Brian Skowronski scored six on a 2-yard catch. Junior Nick Goodenow added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. In addition, senior running back Joe Padon led in yards receiving with 85.
Bayfield scored on its first possession of the game but the Wolverines struggled in the red zone the rest of its possessions, a fear that head coach David Close mentioned before and after the game.
“We just can’t punch it in when it counts,” he said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to score inside the 20 or conference play is going to be a struggle.”
Hafey credited his defense with one of its best performances of the season after nearly shutting out the Wolverines and senior running back Tyler McLaughlin.
“Their running back was playing with a broken hand and along with the rest of his team they had a lot of fight and played tough,” Hafey said. “Our defense did an outstanding job of keeping a team that wouldn’t quit in check.”
With a rare Saturday afternoon contest, Hafey said there was a different feel to the game, but his team was ready.
“You could feel on the sideline a different atmosphere with it being on a Saturday afternoon,” he said. “But we came to play and adjusted quickly.”
The Bulldogs have completed their non-conference schedule and are aware of the task ahead of them next week.
“The kids know we face the top-ranked team in the state next week in Rifle and we’re ready to give it all we’ve got,” Hafey said. “At the beginning of the season we set out to not care what the media says or what the odds are but to go out and win every conference game.”
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