MCHS freshmen earn first win
Too bad the Moffat County High School freshmen football team can’t play Wyoming teams all the time.
The Bulldogs scored a touchdown in each half to blank the Rawlins Outlaws, 14-0, Tuesday at Craig Middle School field. MCHS stands at 1-1 on the year.
“I think that the boys were a little upset with the loss to Steamboat Springs on Thursday,” said coach James Neton. “Even though we had a long weekend they were ready to play. The interceptions and the fumble recoveries that we had were big plays. They stop drives.”
According to Neton, the Bulldogs offense keyed the win.
“The offense started off a little rough,” said Neton. “Right at the end of the first half we got the touchdown and that was a big play.”
Wide receiver Joe Padon believes his team improved from the contest against Steamboat Springs.
“It was a good win, but we could have had more effort,” said Padon. “It’s the second week of playing games and we played a lot better today than last week.”
The Bulldogs started the scoring in the second quarter when quarterback Jerrod Estey hit Padon for a 35-yard touchdown pass with three minutes left in the half. MCHS went for two points on the conversion, but came up short. The Bulldogs took a 6-0 lead into the break.
“In the play that I scored, I just got open and Jerrod threw a good pass,” said Padon. “Our defense played really good. We made a lot of good tackles and we made some great hits.”
The next touchdown came at the end of the third quarter when Bulldogs running back Bryan Hampton ran in from 10-yards out. Hampton scored the two-point conversion and the Bulldogs had a commanding 14-0 advantage heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, the MCHS defense kept the pressure on the Outlaws offense to earn the shutout.
“Our linebackers were hitting them hard and our defensive lineman did a good job for us today,” said Neton. “Our defensive backs were coming up and hitting hard.”
The Bulldogs next play at 4 p.m. Thursday against Uintah in Vernal, Utah.
“From what I understand, Uintah is a good team,” said Neton. “It will be a good challenge for the freshmen team.”
I have followed with interest the discussion concerning the potential transfer of the Yampa Elementary School to Memorial Regional Health. Although there are many significant unanswered questions about what Memorial Regional Health plans to do with the Yampa Elementary School, the focus of my letter is on the Yampa Elementary School as a community asset.