Moffat County tops Rams in conference win |

Moffat County tops Rams in conference win

Roaring Fork's Hector Flores fights through a tandem tackle by Moffat County's Kearn Gerber (3) and Ryan Zimmerman (below). The Rams fell, 49-23, to the Western Slope North League champion Bulldogs Friday in Craig during their final game of the season.
Andy Bockelman / Craig Daily Press |

CRAIG — The Moffat County High School 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 League and a conference title to boot.

Shandon Hadley got MCHS 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 Kearn 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 for a 45-yard break to get another Roaring Fork score complete with two-point conversion to answer back immediately.

Brett Loyd started the fourth quarter with another TD 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.

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.

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