Moffat County football dealt loss by turnovers, dominating Delta offense
The obvious cliche for Moffat County High School varsity football’s Friday night game would be “fighting like cats and dogs,” but fortune favored the feline side heavily in this one.
MCHS fell 40-7 on the road in Delta against a cutthroat Panther team that controlled the matchup from the get-go.
Delta — now 1-1 after a 3-0 Zero Week loss to Durango and ranked sixth in 2A football this week by Colorado Preps — gained momentum off an early interception of Moffat County quarterback Colby Beaver, one of three on the night, all of which occurred during the first half.
“Colby’s still learning, threw some picks, threw where we were instead of where we were going to be. He’s still learning, but I have total confidence in him,” said MCHS coach Keith Gille.
The turnovers didn’t help, Gille stated, though the bigger blow to Bulldog morale came from a late first quarter quarterback sneak on fourth down by the Panthers that got far more than the conversion they were hoping for, resulting in more than half the field on the carry and their second of six touchdowns.
Though Delta’s pass game took time to click, receiver Colton Galvin ultimately finished well into triple-digit yardage on scoring catches alone, getting to the end zone four times, his longest reception 61 yards. Panther QB Drake Horn threw a total 170 yards, six for 14 overall.
On the other side of the ball, the Dogs’ rushing game had fits and starts that continually picked up numbers little by little despite some punishing Delta D. Gille pointed to Panthers Jacob Wear and Josh Reeder as two of the most troublesome components.
Nevertheless, Alex Nevarez’s 62 total run yards still included six points with it late in the game as he pounded his way through the Delta line from two yards for the Dogs’ sole touchdown with less than five minutes in the game and the clock already running once Delta achieved a 40-point lead late in the third quarter. Axeel Mendoza put up the extra point as the night swiftly drew to a close from there.
Nevarez also caught for 33 yards, with Beaver nine for 20 in passing with 84 total yards. Dominic Pascetti rushed for 26 yards and caught for 13. Josh Teeter had 26 receiving yards, while a catch on the last play of the game gave Connor Etzler 15.
Defensively, Marcus Delgado led Moffat County in tackles with nine, Nevarez with eight and Pascetti and Cale Scranton seven each.
A hard-fought game for the Dogs was made tougher by the early loss of Greg Hixson for a possible hip sprain and Miki Klimper staying on the sidelines after an ankle injury the prior week.
“They played hard, and that scoreboard is not indicative of our ability to play good teams,” Gille said. “I told them, No. 1, I love you, and No. 2, I want you to know that team is not 33 points better than you. If you take away the 4th and 1 where they get through the gap and two blown (pass) coverages, now you’re talking about a 19-7 game, and anything can happen.”
The 1-2 Bulldogs will have a bye week to recuperate before a Sept. 22 game in Loveland against Resurrection Christian, also a top 10 team, their final non-conference game before opening Western Slope League play the following week at home against Roaring Fork.
“We’ll work a lot on fundamentals, get everybody healthy and just keep getting the Bulldogs better,” Gille said of the weeks to come.
Elsewhere in the 2A WSL, Basalt had a 44-0 stomping of Grand Valley, the 1-1 Longhorns meeting Delta next on their schedule. 0-2 Steamboat Springs had its bye week, and 1-2 Coal Ridge earned its first win, 26-14 over Hotchkiss. A 3-0 Aspen again blew out the opposition, this time 40-0 against Cedaredge, while 0-2 Roaring Fork dealt with another lopsided shutout, falling 47-0 to Battle Mountain.
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.