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Devils look to slow down impressive Bulldogs attack

GYPSUM -It doesn’t get any easier for John Ramunno’s Eagle Valley football team this week as it heads to Moffat County to do battle with the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. in its first road game of the season. The Devils, new to the 3A Slope this year, have struggled in shutting down power running attacks in the first two weeks of the season. Class 2A Bayfield lulled the Devils’ defense to sleep with a two-back counter rushing attack in Week 1 en route to a 13-7 win, and last week, Eagle Valley was pushed around up front by visiting No. 2-ranked Rifle, which scored early and often in a 54-14 rout.The Devils’ task again this week is to stop another potent rushing attack in Moffat County. It won’t be easy. The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents this year, 108-0, unloading for 55 points against visiting Rawlings, Wyo., in their first game and then pounding Battle Mountain last week, 53-0.”Moffat County looks like a power team,” Ramunno said. “They like the two-back set and they’re just going to power the ball at you. I watched them play against Rawlings, and in the first series, they just powered the ball right down the field until they scored. Every play was a run play. They come out and want to set the tone with you. They’re going to play a physical football game.” Priority No. 1 for the Eagle Valley defense will be to key on Keelan Moore, who rumbled for 145 yards on 16 carries last Friday against the Huskies. Moore also accounted for two rushing touchdowns and reeled in another score through the air. Moore won’t be the only option for the Bulldogs, though, who all told racked up 432 yards of total offense last week at Phelan Field, 256 of which came on the ground.”We’ve changed a little bit,” Ramunno said. “We’re going to try a little bit different defensive look. We’re going to add another linebacker in and try and have some more guys active at the line of scrimmage because they are a good counter team. They try and run a lot of counters and a lot of traps and get you going on the misdirection.”The Devils will also look to find some offensive consistency after struggling with turnovers and getting beat at the point of attack in the run game. Last week, the Devils turned the ball over six times to Rifle, something they hope to remedy heading into tonight’s game. Splitting quarterback duties again tonight will be the sophomore tandem of Mike Medsker and Alex Dorothy. “Both young kids, we want to see them both play,” Ramunno said. “We feel like that’s a good situation for both those guys.”Senior quarterback Alex Gamble is still out with a broken hand sustained in preseason practices.Contact Nate Peterson at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at npeterson@vaildaily.com


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