Moffat County football stumps Skiers 46-11 |

Moffat County football stumps Skiers 46-11

Bulldogs closer to league title with one game to go

Moffat County High School's Elias Peroulis (30), Lane Gonzales (34) and Kaden Hafey (21) bear down on Aspen's Nik Morgan during Friday's game against the Skiers. The Bulldogs won, 46-11, to move to 4-0 in the Western Slope North League.
Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Aspen

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 7 6 20 13 46

Aspen — 0 11 0 0 11

In a game between a team that won by nearly 30 points in their most recent game and a team that lost by nearly 50 the same night, you’d expect some disparity in the score, but the numbers got alarmingly close for the Bulldogs in their latest outing, which may not be a bad thing going forward if you ask their coach.

Moffat County High School varsity football defeated the Aspen Skiers 46-11 Friday night in a 2A Western Slope North League2A Western Slope North League home game that almost completes the conference lineup. home game that almost completes the conference lineup.

2A Western Slope North League home game that almost completes the conference lineup.

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Aspen

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 7 6 20 13 46

Aspen — 0 11 0 0 11

The same old story of quick scores by Keenan Hildebrandt and Brett Loyd happened, yes, as Hildy took it in from 9 midway through the first quarter and Loyd bolted from the 47 on the opening play of the second period, but some unexpected occurrences happened from there.

It started as a testimony to Bulldog tenacity as Kearn Gerber stripped the ball for an interception to stop short a Skier scoring drive, but when the Bulldogs couldn’t convert and got ready to punt, a faulty snap sent it flying into the end zone for an Aspen safety.

The Skiers didn’t get too far when given possession again, but their punt hit the end zone again for another two to give them the rare honor of having four points in a football game.

They made it count on the next drive when RJ Peshek connected with Noah Ahamuda to grant them a 40-yard touchdown to make it 13-11 going into halftime.

While it might have appeared an upset was in the works, MCHS coach Keith Gille wasn’t too concerned heading into the locker room.

“Our kids are battlers, and we had a little talk about how we could either own up and become a better team, better men and grow up or let this thing slide the other way,” he said.

On the second play of the second half, Hildebrandt exploded down the Aspen sidelines as he gained 74 yards and six points to boot. More third quarter TDs followed off a 40-yard rush by Shandon Hadley and a 44-yard catch by Gerber, but Moffat County wasn’t done yet.

Hildy steamrolled past the Aspen defensive line for a three-yard TD in the fourth, but it was Elias Peroulis with the longest single yardage of the night, getting from the Bulldogs’ 6 to Aspen’s 8 then finishing the rest of the field on the next couple downs for his first varsity score.

Loyd led rushing with 130 yards on 15 carries, followed by Hildy with eight carries and 127 yards. The QB also went two for four on passing with 50 yards, six of which were Connor Scranton’s.

Elias had 98 yards, Hadley 83 and Eddie Smercina 80. On defense, John T Peroulis and Hugo Hernandez each had one sack and 10 total tackles apiece, with Brady Springer and Mikinzie Klimper also getting a 10 on the tally.

As for Aspen, RJ Peshek ran for 16 yards on nine carries, throwing 13 for 19 to get 111 yards, 73 of which were Ahamuda, while Jake Ferlisi had 59 rush yards and 34 receiving, and Nik Morgan ran for 48.

With a tumultuous season including staffing upheaval coming to a head, Aspen’s current head coach Chris Peshek said the Skiers are showing what they can do despite the chaos with a first half that was truly up for grabs.

“We came out ready to play even with all the adversity this year, and it was fun,” he said. “We showed we can go toe-to-toe with the best team in the league and have success.”

The Bulldogs further improve to 6-2 with their fourth straight win in the WSNL, while Aspen stays at 2-6, still without a victory in the league.

For their final week of the regular season, Moffat County will host Roaring Fork on Friday and the Skiers bring in rival Basalt to round out the year.

A hometown win at the Bulldog Proving Grounds next week will translate to a clean sweep of the conference, a league championship and another trip to the 2A playoffs, with guaranteed home field advantage for the first round.

Likewise, Gille credited Aspen with keeping his team from getting too sure of themselves on the way to the title.

“I’m glad we were tested tonight,” he said. “We haven’t had that since Gunnison, and I’m proud of the way our kids stepped up tonight and got it done.”

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

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