Moffat County football bearing toward win against Rifle
Fans of Moffat County High School had plenty to cheer about when the Bulldogs started the season with a win against their regional rivals. And, if all goes well in the upcoming meeting with the big bad bruisers coming up Highway 13, local sports junkies will be ecstatic.
The Bulldogs host the Rifle Bears Friday, a game that will test their mettle after having their spirits buoyed twice in the past week with a 27-0 varsity pounding of Steamboat Springs and Monday’s 50-6 JV slaughter of the Sailors for good measure.
Moffat County got bitten big time by the Bears last year in a 62-7 slugfest on the road that left a sour taste in their mouths for the remainder of the season while Rifle went on to play in the 3A championship game, the eventual runner-up to Pueblo East.
Now that they’re playing in Craig, it’s time to return the favor.
Rifle has consistently been a trouble-causing team for MCHS, who last won against the squad in a hard-fought overtime tussle in 2010, the first year the Bears were coached by Damon Wells, who returns to coaching duties following a brief suspension caused by a postseason controversy from last fall, of which the team has since been cleared.
After Zero Week, both teams are 1-0, Rifle taking a 47-12 victory hosting the Grand County Red Devils of Moab, Utah.
While the Bears hit hard and fast from the onset, ahead 33-6 by halftime last week, the Bulldogs had a more explosive latter half to their game, three of their four touchdowns coming at the tail end.
In terms of overall rushing, the teams are comparable so far, with Rifle’s 322 yards slightly edging out Moffat County’s 300. The Bears have proven themselves to be a passing team with 121 receiving yards against Moab, but taking to the air could be their downfall — the Bulldogs picked up two interceptions and deflected Sailor passes with ease.
Likewise, MCHS special teams blocked both a punt and a field goal attempt.
As fans gather to see their team tackle another 3A team before moving onto a strictly 2A schedule, anticipation will be high leading up to and after the 7 p.m. kickoff at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.
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