Titans can’t keep up with Bulldogs
The Craig Daily Press
CRAIG — The Bulldog Proving Grounds at Moffat County High School has seen both highs and lows for its inhabitants this year.
Few things could have gone better for the Bulldogs on Friday, and it came at the expense of the Coal Ridge Titans.
In its final home game of the regular season, Moffat County posted a 34-0 win to improve to 3-4 overall, 2-1 in Class 2A Western Slope League North play.
It was not the Titans’ night from the opening kickoff, as a Coal Ridge fumble gave Moffat County the ball along with a quick advantage and great field position.
Moffat County’s Brett Loyd attempted a 25-yard field goal after being held to fourth down, the resultant wide kick causing some to fear the special teams issues suffered last week in Basalt had returned.
The Titans tuened the ball over on downs on their first possession, and at midway mark of the first quarter, Shandon Hadley’s 5-yard carry amounted to the Bulldogs’ first touchdown of the night. Brett Loyd’s extra-point kick added to the lead the Bulldogs never relinquished.
A 2-yard carry by Keenan Hildebrandt upped Moffat County’s lead to 14-0 after one quarter.
Coal Ridge running back Jared Duran rarely gained much yardage after repeated handoffs by quarterback Jackson Sargent. Meanwhile, Hildebrandt smashed into the the end zone from the 2-yard line again, making it 21-0.
Moffat County quarterback Matt Hamilton found Camilletti on a 40-yard throw, which Camilletti took another 20 to the end zone to end the half 27-0.
Less than two minutes into the third quarter, Hildebrandt hit the trifecta finding some running room at midfield, plowing through tacklers and breaking through for a 49-yard dash to the goal line for the final score.
Coal Ridge once again managed to get to the red zone on the following progression, but when it looked like the Titans were sure to score, Camilletti nabbed an interception at the 6-yard line. Turnabout was fair play, because as soon as the Bulldogs made it across the turf, Coal Ridge’s Colton Ellis grabbed his own pick in the end zone.
The fourth quarter saw both teams tire, with Moffat County’s Joe Selbach taking a shot to the knee while tackling that forced him out of the game. The interrupted drive by Coal Ridge was the closest yet the Titans came to scoring, but Eddie Smercina prevented any hope with yet another interception for a touchback.
With five minutes left and not much happening, Moffat County coach Keith Gille began pulling some starters and putting in second-stringers, with the Bulldogs controlling the ball and moving the chains just enough to run out the clock.
“This is just a great game for us, with the band out, cheerleaders, everybody here tonight,” Gille said.
Coal Ridge will try to rebound when it hosts Roaring Fork next Friday.
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