Moffat County football is playoff-bound
58-30 win at Roaring Fork, Aspen’s loss both benefit Bulldogs
Whatever else happens in the weeks to come, Friday was a night to remember for the members of the Moffat County High School varsity football team.
The Bulldogs claimed a spot in the 2A playoffs and a championship for the Western Slope North League with a 58-30 victory over the Roaring Fork Rams in Carbondale.
With the news of an Aspen defeat at the hands of Basalt late in their own game, the team could scarcely contain their excitement in the final minutes, soaking Coach Keith Gille with the team water cooler almost prematurely with 10 seconds remaining, but nobody in blue and white was paying attention to the clock any longer.
It was a game MCHS led in its entirety, gaining a 7-0 lead less than four minutes in thanks to a 4-yard slam by Keenan Hildebrandt. Three minutes later, Joe Camilletti and Brett Loyd had gotten the team to the 1-yard line, where Hildebrandt punched it in again to make it 14-0.
An 18-yard Kearn Gerber reception in the end zone made the score 20-0, but the Rams were able to get on a breakaway for a 60-yard rush that ended the first quarter 20-6.
By halftime, the game was at a 26-12 tally, and the Bulldogs were getting antsy, knowing they had so much to lose against a squad that wanted to be able to win at home.
“This was a scrappy crew and we never had it in the bag,” Gille admitted of Roaring Fork.
Moffat County’s third quarter bad habits continued, as the Rams were able to score twice and the Bulldogs only once, but with the fourth quarter starting 32-24, the Bulldogs scored less than one minute in with another rush in by Hildebrandt from 2 to make it 39-24.
The Bulldogs remained focused to score three more TDs thanks to one from Shandon Hadley and two by Loyd, defense slipping a little to allow a 74-yard reception that led to Roaring Fork’s last score of the season.
But, the Bulldogs will move on into the postseason, a fact that wasn’t lost on the team in the locker room, with deafening cheers echoing out for the proud parents gathered outside to hear.
“We’ve had a lot of struggles this season, but everything has been worth it,” Gille said.
Playoff brackets will be finalized by Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday, and the Bulldogs will learn their first playoff opponent.