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Moffat County sweeps conference, claims league title

49-23 win against Roaring Fork finishes regular season

Moffat County High School seniors cheer louder than anyone as the Bulldogs celebrate their league championship following a 49-23 win against the Roaring Fork Rams Friday night at the Bulldog Proving Grounds. Moffat County is guaranteed a home game in the playoffs Nov. 7, a team that will be determined Sunday.
Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Roaring Fork

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 7 23 6 13 49

RFHS — 0 7 8 8 23

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could stifle their overjoyed sounds.

Moffat County High School varsity football vs. Roaring Fork

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 7 23 6 13 49

RFHS — 0 7 8 8 23

The Bulldogs had good cause to celebrate Friday evening when they defeated the Roaring Fork Rams 49-23 for their final regular season game, achieving a 5-0 sweep of the rest of the 2A Western Slope North League2A Western Slope North League and a conference title to boot. and a conference title to boot.

2A Western Slope North League and a conference title to boot.

Senior Night festivities opened the game, as eldest players Trevor Kuhn, Stelios Peroulis, Chase Peed, Kearn Gerber, Brady Springer, Shandon Hadley, Dylan Kincade, Brett Loyd, Blake Ludgate and Bryce Tuttle acknowledged the parents who had helped them get this far in life.

Jeff Anderson and Justin Guereca were also honored in the night’s program though unable to be in the ceremony.

“I’m gonna miss these guys,” Hadley said of his fellow seniors.

Tuttle’s mind, however, was focused on the game at hand, having only two words to signify the end of the regular season.

“Go, Bulldogs!” he grinned.

Go they went, with Hadley getting them up on the board with a 1-yard touchdown carry midway through the first quarter, but it was the second period where Moffat County caught fire.

The Rams’ Tyler Spence gained a 14-yard TD shortly after a Bulldog punt attempt turned into an unsuccessful go for a conversion, Roaring Fork tying it at 7, but MCHS gained three more TDs before halftime off a 25-yard catch by Gerber and two more 1-yard carries, one by Hadley and another by Keenan Hildebrandt.

In between, a disputed fumble on a Roaring Fork kick return still went the Bulldogs’ way once their own bad snap on a punt put it in their end zone and Stelios Peroulis went on a rampage to get the safety.

Eddie Smercina took it in from five midway through the third quarter, but the second started to work out better for the Rams as Hector Flores broke through the Moffat County defense to get another Roaring Fork score complete with two-point conversion to answer back immediately.

Loyd started the fourth quarter with another rush that was practically at the goal line, and the MCHS depth chart was utilized, with Elias Peroulis getting the final score of the night for the second week in a row, this time from 16, making sure Max Slack’s 20-yard run wouldn’t be the last word.

Smercina led in rushing with 206 yards, Hadley 91 Hildy 57, Loyd 54, Elias 35 and Chace Marshall 34. Dylan Kincade was the receiver of the night in pure numbers with 69 yards on four grabs.

Hugo Hernandez had a fumble recovery on the defensive side, while Mikinzie Klimper led in tackles with nine, followed by Stelios with seven and Kaden Hafey and Elias, both with five.

While the Rams finish their year 4-5 overall and 2-3 in WSNL numbers, 7-2 MCHS is far from done. Ranked seventh in Wild Card Points earlier this week, the Dogs will learn Sunday where they stand on the playoff chart, though no matter where they are seeded, they are guaranteed to enter the second season with a match at their home stadium.

It’s been a great regular season, an even better conference stretch and more is in store, said head coach Keith Gille.

“Let’s see if we can win four more and bring back something to Moffat County they’ve never had before,” he said.

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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