MCHS freshmen blank Rangely |

MCHS freshmen blank Rangely

Bruce Tippets

The Moffat County High School freshmen (MCHS) football team scored a touchdown in each half to blank the Rangely Panthers, 14-0, Monday at the high school field.

The Bulldogs record improved to 2-3 on the season and after the game coach James Neton praised his team’s effort for bouncing back after a tough loss to Uintah last week.

“I was proud of the team for the way they came back after they lost to Uintah and both sides of the ball got better as the game went on,” said Neton. “All year long the defense has been playing well except for a quick six minutes in Uintah.

“Our offense is starting to pick it up another level every game. Today we had a few good drives and we had a good improvement. I was real proud of the offense today.”

In the game, the Bulldogs started the scoring at the end of the first quarter when quarterback Richard Padon scored a touchdown from the 10-yard line. MCHS went for two, but came up short.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored their second touchdown of the game when Eric Bastow ran in from the seven-yard line.

Bastow ran in the for the two-point conversion.

“That drive started somewhere on the Panther’s 40-yard line,” said Neton. “We started the drive with four running plays and the offensive line picked it up and we just ran it down their throat.

“It was a great drive. It was the best drive we have had all year.”

In the fourth quarter, MCHS put the pressure on the Panther’s offense to hold on for the shutout

The Bulldogs will next be in action at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Rifle at the high school field.

“Rifle is a great match-up for us because it’s a true freshmen team and we are a true freshmen team,” said Neton. “We always look forward to that game and that a big rival.”