Vasity football looks to second straight win
After picking up victory number one Saturday in a dominating fashion, the Moffat County High School varsity football team will close out its non-conference schedule Friday against the Durango Demons.
Kickoff against the Demons is set for 7:30 p.m. at Moffat County High School (MCHS) field. The Bulldogs (1-1), who rolled past the Jefferson Saints, 49-6, Saturday, looks forward to the challenge of playing Durango (2-0), a Class 4A school.
“We are excited to play Durango on Friday night, to play at home and have another opportunity to compete against another 4A school,” said coach John Haddan. “Durango is the last preseason game that we have. Then we go on to our league play next Friday against Eagle Valley.”
According to Haddan, the Bulldogs have improved each game.
“We improved a lot from our first game to the second game,” said Haddan. “We just want to continue to improve and we need to keep in mind that our goal is to win the league this year. Every time we step on the practice field or in a game we need to get better.”
Senior wide receiver and defensive back Brandon Carrera knows the defensive backfield will get a lot of work Friday night.
“I heard that Durango is pretty good and they pass a lot,” said Carrera. “We have to be ready for that and our defensive backs really need to be with it. It’s going to be our first home game at night and we are going to be ready for it.”
The Demons head into the Friday game after beating Farmington, N.M., 14-10, in week one and Aztec, N.M., 47-11, last week.
“Things are going pretty good right now,” said Demons first-year coach Shane Voss. “We have a good core of seniors on the team, but we also have a lot of young guys on the team. We try to stay with a pretty balanced offensive attack.
“I am going to bring 35 players to the game,” said Voss. “We have a couple of guys go both ways, but we platoon are players as much as we can.”
Voss knows the Bulldogs will be a good challenge for his team.
“Two weeks ago the Bulldogs played the toughest team in our league in Fruita Monument and were ahead, 7-6, at halftime,” said Voss. “That tells me right there the Bulldogs are a good football team and we have to take this game serious. The Bulldogs are a well-coached football team and we anticipate a heck of a ballgame.”
Saturday against the Saints, the Bulldogs gave up just six points on defense and the offense shredded the Saints defense for 510 yards.
“We like to continue the intensity and the physical play on defense against Durango,” said Haddan. “We like to continue to execute well on offense and let the chips fall where they may.”
After two Saturday games the Bulldogs are ready for a game under the lights.
“Friday night football is pretty exciting and that is what high school football is about under the lights, the band, the crowd,” said Haddan. “It’s always fun to play on Friday night.”