Moffat County football ready and raring for Coal Ridge
Friday match also Senior Night, pink game
October 9, 2014
Craig — Friday will be a determinative game for the Moffat County High School varsity football and, hopefully, a memorable one.
The Bulldogs will host the Coal Ridge Titans in their last home game of the season. Both are part of a four-way tie within the 2A Western Slope North League, along with Aspen and Basalt, that could send any of them to the playoffs.
League leader Battle Mountain technically will not qualify for the 2A postseason as a 3A team playing down, which means anything can happen, and Moffat County still is riding high after winning a road game in Basalt, 49-6.
Four of the eight touchdowns during the game came from quarterback Matt Hamilton, two rushing out of a total 138 yards and two TD throws from his 144-yard passing game. The numbers were big all around, with 117 running yards for Shandon Hadley, 68 receiving yards for Joe Camilletti and Keenan Hildebrandt leading the defense with 12 tackles, eight of which were solo.
The four interceptions MCHS caused against Basalt bode well for the Coal Ridge game, where pass coverage will be even more critical.
"They're a big team, and they've got some great receivers," coach Keith Gille said. "They're going to get some catches, no doubt about it."
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The Titans squeaked by Aspen last week, 12-10, after a 30-6 loss to Basalt. All four teams are 1-1 in the conference.
The Bulldogs will head back on the road after this week for games against Aspen and Roaring Fork, meaning this likely will be the last match at home for the oldest members of the team, depending on playoff conditions.
MCHS will salute its five seniors — Hamilton, Camilletti, Keith Smith, Cory Summers and Alex Herring — on a night that also will involve the first of the team's two pink games as players don pink socks to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Gille said the evening should be one everyone will enjoy.
"If you get a chance to say hi to a Bulldog, do it, because these are the greatest kids on the face of the Earth," he said.