Demons down Basalt in opener
The Aspen Times
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
BASALT, Colorado – Basalt gave one of 3A’s top teams quite a scare Friday night – at least for one half.
Trailing by just six at halftime, the Longhorns fielded the opening kick-off of the second half and appeared poised to score again. An unsportsmanlike penalty derailed them deep in Demons territory, however, and high-powered Glenwood took full advantage. It forced a turnover soon after, scored on two of its next three possessions and cruised to a 33-7 victory.
“For the first half, it was anyone’s game,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said. “That [penalty] really shot us in the foot. I think the outcome was a lot different than the whole game was.”
While their offense was one-dimensional all night – they completed only two of five pass attempts – the Longhorns were able to gain some traction with the ground game in the opening quarter. They covered 55 yards in just four plays on their second possession, which senior running back Zach Mobilian finished off with a 24-yard scamper right through the middle of the defense, giving Basalt a 7-0 lead with 6 minutes, 13 seconds on the clock. Mobilian finished with 121 yards rushing.
Glenwood, which went three and out and turned the ball over on downs on its first two possessions, had a quick answer. On a second-and-20 from his own 10-yard-line, Demons quarterback Jon Forristall took the snap, calmly dropped back, then dumped a screen pass to running back Henry Hill. Hill did the rest, eluding nearly the entire Longhorns defense on a 90-yard scamper to the end zone.
Forristall and Hill helped orchestrate an 11-play, 86-yard drive the next time Glenwood touched the ball. Forristall capped it off with a well-executed play-action fake that had Basalt fooled and found wide receiver Cam Avery all alone in the corner of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. The Demons’ extra-point attempt was blocked.
Neither team could generate much momentum in the waning minutes of the opening half. That all changed in the third quarter, however. With Basalt driving, a Glenwood defender yanked Longhorns running back Jonny Madrano down by his face mask, drawing a flag. In the scrum that ensued, Madrano was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Instead of having a first down at the Demons’ 20, the Longhorns faced a first-and-25 from the 39. Two plays later, Avery picked off Basalt quarterback J.R. Krueger.
Glenwood made the Longhorns pay, marching 64 yards in the next three-plus minutes. Forristall stretched the lead to 12 with a 1-yard keeper.
Two minutes into the fourth, Hill put this one out of reach with a 64-yard scoring run.
“They had some huge screen plays, but other than that they didn’t do a whole lot on offense,” Frerichs said. “I felt like our defense really played well.”
The Longhorns’ defense shined for extended stretches but was visibly gassed down the stretch. Demons running back Jake Bair slipped through no fewer than five tackles on a 51-yard run with 3:34 remaining in the game, then sprinted 5 yards untouched for the game’s final score.
“We’re still excited for the season,” Frerichs said, “and we’re not going to see anyone bigger, faster or stronger than Glenwood.”
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