Moffat County football to face top-ranked Brush in Saturday playoff game |

Moffat County football to face top-ranked Brush in Saturday playoff game

The members of the Moffat County High School varsity football team, cheerleaders, parents and fans celebrate Friday night in Carbondale following the team's 58-30 victory. The win helped take the Bulldogs to the 2A playoffs, where they will face Brush on Saturday.
Andy Bockelman

If you go

What: 2014 2A state playoffs, Round 1

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brush High School, 400 West Ave., Brush

Details: The Moffat County High School varsity football team will play the Beetdiggers to start the postseason. The Bulldogs are 4-5 overall and seeded 16th. Brush is ranked No. 1 in the 2A division and is 9-0.

— Some may view the Moffat County High School varsity football team as having stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire, but coach Keith Gille doesn’t see it that way. To him, the Bulldogs’ step to the next level is just another trial to meet and conquer.

MCHS will face Brush High School in the first round of the 2014 2A state playoffs, with postseason brackets released Sunday. The game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday in Brush.

With placement based on the number of wild-card points throughout the season, the Bulldogs are seeded at the very bottom of the 16-team bracket, which places them against the top-rated 2A team, 9-0 Brush — which, as of last week, is considered the ninth-best team in the state in all classes.

The Beetdiggers’ ranking may even rise further after their 43-29 league victory Friday against Eaton to solidify their championship within the Patriot League.

Moffat County goes into the postseason with a 4-5 overall record and a 3-2 count among Western Slope North teams. A 58-30 triumph Friday against Roaring Fork helped the Bulldogs, but the final push was Basalt’s 28-22 upset versus Aspen that prevented the Skiers from representing the league.

Aspen’s loss is MCHS’s gain, and the numbers stacked against the Bulldogs mean nothing, Gille said.

“Everyone is 0-0 now,” he said. “It’s a whole new season.”

Although it’s not a team Moffat County encounters often, this will be the second time this year a Bulldog squad faces Brush in the playoffs, the boys basketball team losing to the Beetdiggers in the consolation finals of the 3A tournament in March.

Gille previously saw the Brush team during his time coaching in Yuma.

“I’m very familiar with the town, the people, especially with the head coach, and I’m looking at this as the optimum challenge for our team and our kids,” he said. “I’m loving it.”

The season has been a memorable one with some joyous wins and bitter defeats in Moffat County’s first year in the 2A division and the first year under Gille’s leadership. A rotation of players has been constant, especially with season-ending injuries taking Brady Springer and Joe Selbach off the roster, but Gille credits the people who have supported the team week in and week out with helping make it happen, from the cheerleaders and team managers to the parents and community members.

“The kids have continued to step up, as has the administration, the Booster Club and everyone,” he said. “I don’t think it’s said enough, the support that Craig has given this football team and especially coach Gille will always be remembered, and I do thank them for it.”

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

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