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Moffat County plans to smarten up against Battle Mountain

Homecoming game takes place Friday

Moffat County High School's Dominic Pascetti rushes against Meeker defenders in the freshmen/junior varsity Bulldogs' Monday game. The team lost, 20-14. The varsity squad will meet with Battle Mountain Friday night for the Homecoming game.

Last week saw the Moffat County High School varsity football team take a break from regular play, only to launch into the work of practices. They've used that time to come back stronger than ever as the important part of their season begins.

If you go…

Moffat County High School vs. Battle Mountain

7 p.m. Friday

MCHS Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane

— The Homecoming game includes many earlier festivities, beginning at 6 p.m., and will offer a halftime show, fireworks and more.

The Bulldogs will begin league play Friday when they host the Huskies, of Edwards' Battle Mountain High School, for Moffat County Homecoming week.

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MCHS is 1-3, most recently suffering a 49-0 loss to Gunnison on Sept. 12, a game that also took one of the team's players off the roster for the remainder of the season. Brady Springer required knee surgery last week following the match and will be off the field for the year.

"It was unfortunate because of the high and low tackle he got," coach Keith Gille said, noting that Springer, a defense and offensive lineman, has already started to bounce back from the injury. "It's always tough when you lose a good two-way varsity starter like that who's got a lot of strength."

Ailments like flu and strep throat have bothered players in recent weeks, as well, Gille said.

However, the Bulldogs are looking healthier than ever and are ready to combat the weakness that has plagued them throughout the season: consistency.

"For us, it's about execution and playing smart," he said. "We need to realize that each play is important."

Gille said all levels of the football program have had this problem, including a 20-14 loss for the freshmen of the junior varsity team Monday against Meeker.

"We had them beat a number of times, but we had silly mental mistakes," he said.

Gille said he expects Battle Mountain to provide a strong offensive effort.

"They're big up front, so we'll have to battle them there," he said.

The extra push to claim a Homecoming victory is unavoidable, and the coaching staff has been encouraging players to engage with the community as much as they can, particularly with younger kids, to make the Homecoming experience memorable.

"There's only one of those a year," Gille said.

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

If you go…

Moffat County High School vs. Battle Mountain

7 p.m. Friday

MCHS Bulldog Proving Grounds, 900 Finley Lane

— The Homecoming game includes many earlier festivities, beginning at 6 p.m., and will offer a halftime show, fireworks and more.