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Underclassmen teams trump competition

Next year, the Moffat County High School football team will have to replace one of the largest senior classes it has had. If the JV and freshman team records from this year mean anything, there are capable players waiting in the wings.

The freshmen finished the season 9-1, with the only loss a 36-16 defeat to an Eagle Valley team that included sophomores and juniors.

“The freshmen were a big and strong team,” coach Gary Torgerson said. “But the most impressive thing about them was their big heart.”

The game that exemplified the Bulldogs’ heart was their 24-16 win against Union High School from Roosevelt, Utah.

“Union was a faster and more athletic than us, but we made up for it with sheer will,” coach Matt Ray said.

The coaches said they had players who were capable of playing at the varsity level next year.

“If some of those guys hit the weight room, they’ll be very capable next year,” Ray said. “They’re already anxious to get into the weight room.”

The junior varsity team experienced similar success this year with an 8-2 record.

“This is the best JV season we’ve had in my eight years,” coach Ron Linsacum said. “A lot of it had to do with us getting more individual time with the JV in practice.”

The freshman team was successful because of size, and the JV team flourished because of the versatility of the players.

“We had running backs who played quarterback, and linemen who played defensive end,” Linsacum said. “One game, we even had a defensive end play quarterback, and he knew the plays just as well as anybody.”

The coach said he was impressed with how so many of his athletes knew the responsibilities of everybody on the field.

“I rarely called a play because the quarterbacks could recognize what needed to be done,” he said. “They put things upon themselves and were very willing learners.”

The closest win for the Bulldog JV team came in a double-overtime game against Rifle. The Blue and White pulled it out, 21-20.

“The great thing about that game was our kids really wanted to go into overtime,” Linsacum said. “The Rifle coach and players didn’t want to play anymore.”

A swarming defense and an offense that could throw or run the ball is what kept the ‘Dogs of the future ahead of their opponents.

“They were an excitable bunch,” Linsacum said. “They have a lot of pride.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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