MCHS football season kicks off tonight |

MCHS football season kicks off tonight

Freshmen team puts undefeated record on the line against Hayden varsity

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County High School freshman football team has the opportunity to keep the home winning streak alive for the third year in a row.

The team has been the most successful pigskin program at the high school during the past two years, with an undefeated record on home turf.

“I expect this team to do just as well as past freshmen teams,” said head coach Gary Torgerson. “This team is as talented and maybe even smarter and faster than teams in the past.”

The freshmen ‘Dawgs’ will face one of their toughest tests of the season today against the Hayden High School varsity football team.

“Hayden was a little down in numbers so they requested a game against our underclassmen,” Torgerson said. “The freshmen will get a little help from the sophomores on the line because of the bigger, older boys on Hayden’s varsity.”

The players are confident in their ability as a team and their chances for success in the game.

“We were undefeated in middle school so we’re expecting the same in high school,” said defensive tackle Dennis Green.

With two-a-days and the experience of playing against upperclassmen, the young grid iron warriors are ready for their first game.

“Being in high school with tougher practices makes us better than we were in middle school,” said quarterback Derek Duran. “Even the coaches say we are one of the best freshmen teams they’ve seen.”

Duran is a big reason for the coaches’ confidence about their freshmen phenoms.

“Derek Duran is the future of Moffat County High School football,” Torgerson said. “Next year he will be challenging for the varsity starting spot he is that good.”

Coach Matt Ray said that the freshmen have been impressive in practice because of their willingness to take on anyone.

“The freshmen are pushing the varsity players to be better in practice,” he said. “There are 11 or 12 freshmen that want to play on J.V. or varsity right now.”

Regardless of the freshmen talent and ability it is still a young squad going up against a varsity team.

“It does worry me a little bit because of Hayden’s size,” said Torgerson. “But these kids are smart and fast, they’ll play their hearts out.”

Torgerson provided incentive for his team to win by agreeing to shave his head if the team is undefeated this season. Regardless of the outcome tonight, his hair will still be safe because the game will not officially count for the team’s record.

The Bulldogs will put their undefeated record on the line at MCHS with the kick-off at 7 p.m.

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