Prep Sports Roundup: Rams taken down by rival Longhorns |

Prep Sports Roundup: Rams taken down by rival Longhorns

Basalt students took part in a “Ram Roast” on Thursday, tossing a plastic Roaring Fork mascot into a bonfire in the school parking lot.

Friday, opportunistic offense and stout defense helped the Longhorns burn their valley rivals on the gridiron.

Basalt jumped out to a 10-0 lead at halftime, forced five second-half turnovers and rolled to a 17-6 victory, improving to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in 2A Western Slope play.

“The defense played awesome again tonight,” Longhorns head coach Carl Frerichs said. “I really feel like they’re as good as anyone in the league.”

The Rams struggled to move the ball all night against a Basalt defense that held reigning state champion Olathe to just 17 points in a loss last week

The Rams managed to trim the deficit with a little over 7 minutes remaining in regulation, when Clay Gross rolled out and hit Dakotah Grett with a 14-yard scoring strike.

Roaring Fork fell to 1-4 overall and to 1-1 in the 2A Western Slope League.

“Truthfully, you have to give credit to Roaring Fork. They’re huge up front,” Frerichs said. “This week was our first week running the ‘I’ [formation], and I think our kids did a good job with the schemes. But we knew we were going to have a hard time running.”

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To the angst of fans, the Aspen Skiers nearly watched their lead slip away in Friday’s homecoming football game against the Grand Valley Cardinals.

Leading 19-0 at halftime and seemingly in control, Aspen gave up multiple big plays in the third and fourth quarters and had trouble stopping the Cardinals’ consistent rushing attack.

“I just felt like we got complacent,” said Skiers head coach Mike Sirko. “We were inconsistent offensively. Defensively, we started like a house on fire, but we just got complacent.”

Aspen running back Casey Hornburg was forced to carry the load with 28 touches for 149 yards. He punched in one score and broke a long run for 47 yards leading to the Skiers last, and ultimately, the game’s winning touchdown, propelling the home team to a 26-20 victory.

Quinn Morehead had seven of freshman quarterback Tucker Beirne’s 10 completions for 76 yards. Beirne also threw for two TDs.

In a last-ditch attempt, the Skiers forced the Cardinals into a fourth-and-long with only 21 seconds left. Grand Valley sophomore quarterback Tyler Scott misfired on the pass, allowing Skier players, fans and coaches to exhale.

Grand Valley dropped to 1-4 overall and to 0-2 in the 2A WSL.

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Kevin Hartmann scored a pair of goals and Mike McGraw chipped in with one as the Glenwood Springs boys soccer team topped visiting Moffat County, 3-1, on Saturday.

“We had good flow, good rhythm tonight,” Demons coach John Mount said. “The pass combinations were a couple times like 15 passes in a row. That pleased us as coaches on the sidelines.”

Mount dubbed Carter Colia “man of the match.”

“He came out big winning 50-50 balls for us,” the coach said, “and then he was connecting his passes.”

The Demons improved to 5-3-2 overall and to 2-3-1 in the 4A WSL.

Coal Ridge cruised to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-18 volleyball win at Hotchkiss on Saturday.

The Titans improved to 9-4 overall and to 9-3 in 3A Western Slope League play.

– Jon Maletz and Chadwick Bowman of the Aspen Times contributed to this report.

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