MCHS freshman come up short Thursday |

MCHS freshman come up short Thursday

Bruce Tippets

Steamboat Springs came in and spoiled the season opener for the Moffat County High School (MCHS) freshmen team Thursday at Craig Middle School field with a 12-6 victory.

After the game, freshmen coach James Neton said his team played hard, but the turnovers his team committed were too much to overcome.

“We saw a lot of effort tonight,” said Neton. “The kids played hard, but we had five turnovers. You can’t win the ballgame that way.”

The Bulldogs were more than ready to play.

“We missed our scrimmage Friday night against Hayden because of lightning and so we were ready to see somebody else,” said Neton. “We just made too many mistakes and that’s what we have to clean up.”

Trailing 6-0 in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs tied the game when running back Bryan Hampton scored from 5 yards out with nine minutes left in the contest.

The Bulldogs went for two on the extra point conversion, but came up short.

On the ensuing kickoff, Steamboat Springs took the lead for good with a 60-yard return for a touchdown.

“The defense played solid,” said Neton. “We had some defensive lineman show us a lot.

“Our defensive ends got better as the game went on. They started playing better on the contain. I was pleased with the defense.”

Neton said the Bulldogs need to improve the offense.

“Offensively, we just have to iron things out,” said Neton. “We need to work on the communication between some of our players.

“Our offensive line needs to continue to work on their blocking.”

The Bulldogs will next be in action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against Rawlins, Wyo., at Craig Middle School field.

“We don’t have much time to practice, but these kids will be ready,” said Neton.