Bulldogs’ second-half interceptions seal Demons’ fate
Craig Daily Press
CRAIG ” The Moffat County defenders challenged each other before their game against Glenwood Springs to become a scoring defense. In the second half they answered that challenge with two interceptions for touchdowns to seal a 32-14 homecoming win against the Demons.
“They hadn’t scored all year,” Moffat coach Kip Hafey said. “So they came up big to get two scores tonight.”
The defense helped set the tone early on the first possession by forcing a fumble on its own 30-yard line.
“Our tough night started from the first possession,” Glenwood coach Rocky Whitworth said. “From that first drive on turnovers plagued us.”
The Bulldogs marched 70 yards in 3 minutes, 15 seconds, and capped the drive with an 8-yard pass from senior quarterback Derek Duran to senior tight end Kevin Loughran. A failed two-point conversion kept the score at 6-0.
“That first series we sent a message,” Hafey said. “We forced the turnover and then our offense pounded the ball for a nice, physical drive.”
The Demon offense had to punt on its four remaining possessions in the first half.
After the first stop, Moffat drove the ball 60 yards and scored with a 1-yard run by sophomore JT Haddan to make it 12-0.
After the second punt, the Bulldogs were threatening to go up three touchdowns when the Demons intercepted a halfback pass in the end zone.
Another long Bulldog drive resulted in the team’s third touchdown with Duran keeping for a 1-yard score. The two-point conversion put the ‘Dogs up 20-0 and that was the score at halftime.
The Demon defense tried to give the offense some help with a forced fumble on Moffat’s first drive of the second half. Then the interceptions started coming.
Bulldog senior Reid Hanneman picked of senior Eric Lundin at Moffat’s 28-yard line and ran it back.
“All you think is ‘don’t get caught,'” Hanneman said about his run back that made it 26-0.
The biggest play of the night for the Demons came after a defensive stop. Senior Jeremy Christner took a punt down the left side of the field for 80 yards to the Bulldog 20. The next play junior Barrett Jensen bowled through several would-be tacklers for a 20-yard touchdown.
The third quarter ended 26-7.
After a stop on fourth down the Demon offense started to drive again. They entered Bulldog territory when Duran intercepted a pass and took it back for a 60-yard touchdown.
“(Moffat’s) line put a lot of pressure on me all night,” Lundin said. “But a lot of it was me rushing my throws.”
Lundin did have one big pass play for the night, connecting with Stephen Vigil on a 52-yard pass play to make it 32-14, but two more interceptions in the second half kept the Demons at a distance.
The Demons had 108 yards on 27 carries. Most of those yards came once the game was already decided. In the first half they had 24 yards on the ground. Lundin finished the night 10-25 for 120 yards through the air.
“We’re successful when we run the ball,” Lundin said. “We had to throw because we got behind big early. I think we can be successful when we air it out, but it didn’t happen tonight.”
The Bulldogs improve to 3-2 in the Westerns Slope and 4-2 overall while the Demons dropped to 1-4 in the WSL and 1-5 overall.
“This was a disappointing loss for us,” Whitworth said. “We really have to reach down the rest of the way.”
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