MCHS football team ready to play |

MCHS football team ready to play

Bruce Tippets

— Let the games begin.

After two weeks of practice, the Moffat County High School football team will get a taste of battling an opponent.

In a preseason scrimmage, the Bulldogs will meet the Montrose Indians on the road at 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to coach John Haddan, MCHS will face a team that finished last season with a 4-6 record, but have many returning upperclassmen.

“If you look at the Saturday scrimmage, we will be letting the kids hit somebody other than their teammates,” said Haddan. “Montrose is a senior-dominated team this year and they play in the Southwestern 4A league with Fruita Monument and Durango.”

Against Montrose, Moffat County, a 3A team, will face a 4A team. The first four games of the season before conference play for the Bulldogs will be against 4A teams.

“We will be playing up. It should be a good test for us,” said Haddan. “We will be able to see exactly what we have early in the year.”

There will be no special teams in the scrimmage, according to Haddan, and both teams will rotate on offense and defense.

“We will run 15 offensive plays and then Montrose will run 15 offensive plays,” he said. “Then we will substitute a few kids in there, run 10 plays and rotate back and forth.”

Today, the Bulldogs junior varsity team will meet the Hayden varsity on the road at 7 p.m.

“We will put our JV team against Hayden varsity and our freshman up against their JV,” said Haddan. “It should be a really good scrimmage for those younger kids. All three teams will get some scrimmage action in this weekend.”

Senior running back Frank Counts is ready to find out where the Bulldogs stand on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think this Saturday we will be ready and we are in good shape,” said Counts. “We will do just fine against Montrose, because we have a strong team and we have a lot of seniors out for the team. What we really want to accomplish Saturday is to find out how much we have improved with our new offense. Saturday will be a good tryout with a scrimmage.”

Haddan said MCHS had a successful series of two-a-days practice.

“Two-a-days went well this year,” he said. “Kids worked really hard and paid attention. They learned a lot and we put most of our offense in during two-a-days.”

During practice the Bulldogs spent most of their time working on offensive fundamentals.

“We didn’t work on much defense,” said Haddan. “I think that will pay off down the road as our offense will be further along. We had a lot of sickness during two-a-days and we have a few kids banged up, but for the most part we are in pretty good shape injury wise.”

The Bulldogs will start the regular season on the road against Fruita Monument at 1 p.m. Sept. 4.