Prep Football: Moffat County tops Roaring Fork to reach 2A playoffs
PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP
BATTLE MOUNTAIN 39, COAL RIDGE 21: at Peach Valley, Jared Duran, Max Bettle and Tyler Sheerin each scored touchdowns for Coal Ridge, but the Titans weren’t able to keep up with the Huskies in their season finale.
Sheerin scored on a 35-yard screen pass and Bettle scored on an 18-yard touchdown run for the Titans (4-5 overall, 2-3 2A WSL).
“I have to give a lot of credit to the seniors for sticking it out through the thin times,” Coal Ridge coach Kyle Sager said. “I’m pretty confident that we’re going to continue this upward trend.”
LAKE COUNTY 34, GRAND VALLEY 14: At Parachute, the Panthers were able to post their second victory of the season against an undermanned Grand Valley squad. The Cardinals finished the season with an 0-9 overall record, 0-5 in 1A Western Slope League play.
CARBONDALE — Moffat County, with a stable of promising young players on its roster, used a consistent rushing attack to race past Roaring Fork 58-30 on Friday night.
The victory, plus a 28-22 win by Basalt over Aspen on Friday night, gave the Class 2A Western Slope League North Division’s automatic state playoff berth to the Bulldogs.
The initial Moffat County scoring drive was keyed by a fake-punt scamper by quarterback Matthew Hamilton who took the ball from near midfield, down to the Ram 20 yard line. Sophomore running back Keenan Hildebrant took over from there with runs of 15 yards and 2 yards, the final of the two taking him in for a Bulldog touchdown. Brett Loyd booted in the point-after attempt to put his team ahead 7-0 at the 8:05 mark of the first quarter.
When Roaring Fork’s first possession of the game stalled, Moffat County found itself on the move again with the big play of the drive being a 30-yard pass from Hamilton to receiver Joe Camilletti that placed the ball on the Ram 18 yard line. Junior running back Brett Loyd got into the act with a 17-yard jaunt that left the ball just short of the goal line. From there, Hildebrant cleaned up the final yard for his second touchdown of the young evening. Loyd booted the PAT straight into the night sky, and the score stood at 14-0 in favor of the visitors from Craig.
The Rams had designs on moving the ball forward, but quarterback Tyler Spence fumbled at his own 10 yard line and a Bulldog defender was quick to pounce on it. Hamilton tossed the ball from there into the end zone to receiver Kearn Gerber and Moffat pushed the lead to 20-0. The point after try by Loyd was missed.
Despite the big deficit, a feisty Roaring Fork 11 wasn’t about to toss in the towel. Senior Tanner Spence took an option pitch from Tyler Spence and raced 60 yards past a host of Bulldogs for the touchdown to give the Rams a pulse. Adrian Chavez missed the PAT, and the score stood at 20-6.
Moffat’s initial drive of the second quarter stalled on a fourth-down incompletion by quarterback Hamilton.
The Rams took over possession, and on the fourth play of the drive, Spence arched a 30-yard pass to his favorite target, Roy Benge, which set up Roaring Fork deep in Moffat County territory. Jose Lopez carried the ball for 10 more yards before Spence found Benge on a nifty 7-yard slant pass to make the score 20-12.
Running back Shandon Hadley got into the touchdown scoring act with a 20-yard score to put Moffat County up 26-12 at intermission.
The second half belonged to Moffat County and its two talented runners, Hildebrant and Loyd. Loyd finished the night with 230 rushing yards, with Hildebrant picking up 159 of his own on the ground.
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