Moffat County football dominates Battle Mountain, 54-3 |

Moffat County football dominates Battle Mountain, 54-3

Nate Waggenspack
Moffat County quarterback Joe Camilletti avoids a defender while running the ball last week against Montezuma-Cortez. Camilletti had his best game as the Bulldogs' signal-caller Friday night, throwing for more than 300 yards at Battle Mountain and leading them to a 54-3 win.
Nate Waggenspack

For one night at least this season, just about everything went the way Moffat County’s football team planned.

Taking on the winless Battle Mountain Huskies on Friday in Edwards, the Bulldogs picked up their first Western Slope League win of the season, running and throwing all over for a 54-3 victory.

From the get-go, it was all Moffat County. The Bulldogs (2-7, 1-6 WSL) surrendered a couple first downs but then forced a punt from the Huskies (0-9, 0-7 WSL), and started their opening drive with a 51-yard connection between Joe Camilletti and Matt Hamilton.

Later on the drive, Moffat County faced a fourth down and Camilletti found Phillip Chadwick for a 23-yard score through the air to make it 7-0.

It was the start of a huge night for the Bulldogs’ quarterback. Camilletti would pass four over 300 yards, and run for 155 more, accounting for five total touchdowns.

“We executed well on offense running and throwing. We had some good runs and some good catches and our line did a great job opening up some holes,” Hafey said. “We had over 500 yards of offense, and probably close to 600. It was an all-around a great game.”

Camilletti pushed the Bulldogs lead to 20-0 on the final play of the half. He dropped back to pass but decided to take off down the left sideline and beat Battle Mountain’s defenders to the pylon for a 34-yard score.

In the second half, Moffat County poured it on. Brett Loyd plunged in from 3 yards out for a score and Camilletti again found Hamilton on a deep pass for a 76-yard touchdown. Brayden Peterson and Keenan Hildebrandt also got in on the action.

The Huskies double wing running attack never could get going, as they were missing two of their top ball-carriers to injury. Moffat County’s defense contained everything Battle Mountain wanted to do, surrendering just a field goal in the third quarter.

“Our defense did phenomenal,” Hafey said. “Only gave up three points, and that was a 40-yard field goal. I think our defense only gave up four first downs the whole game.”

It was a game that didn’t have any postseason implications, but it meant plenty to Moffat County to pick up another win in 2013.

“The kids were really excited and I was happy for them,” Hafey said. “They’ve worked their tails off and not given up all year, so they’ve earned it. They showed up tonight and played their best game, so give the credit to the kids tonight.”

Moffat County concludes its season in Craig on Friday against Palisade.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or

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