Football: Basalt powers past Coal Ridge; Paonia tops Grand Valley
BASALT — A lightning delay didn’t slow down the Basalt High School football team Friday night.
The Longhorns won their second consecutive game — and Class 2A Western Slope League North opener — with a 30-6 decision over visiting Coal Ridge.
“The kids played really well tonight,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said. “Our offensive line had a great night. We ran for a lot of yards again.”
He said the Basalt defense gave up a touchdown on Coal Ridge’s first possession.
“After that, the defense played well,” Frerichs said after the Longhorns shut out the Titans after the initial score.
Basalt pulled even on a 75-yard touchdown run. And Alex Nakagawa put the Longhorns up 14-6 at the end of another first-half Basalt drive.
David Flores added his second conversion kick, and then the game was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightning.
When play resumed, Flores drilled a 25-yard field goal for a 17-6 Basalt halftime lead.
Josue Vigil scored on a long touchdown run in the third quarter, and Flores hit two more field goals — 20 and 25 yards — to complete the Basalt scoring as the Longhorns improved to 1-0 in the Western Slope North League. They are 2-3 overall.
Coal Ridge moved to 2-3, 0-1 in league play.
“Alex Nakagawa and Jose Rosales were awesome tonight,” Frerichs said.
He also credited the play of quarterback Miles Levy.
“He helped set up those field goals for us,” Frerichs said. “Very proud of the guys.”
The Longhorns will play at home against next weekend when they host Moffat County on Oct. 3. Moffat County lost to Battle Mountain, 41-27, on Friday night.
Basalt will play at rival Roaring Fork in Carbondale on Oct. 10. The Rams lost 34-24 to Aspen on Friday night.
The Longhorns will play at Battle Mountain on Oct. 17 before closing the regular season at home against Aspen on Oct. 24.
Coal Ridge, which dropped its second consecutive game, will host Aspen on Oct. 3.
Paonia 55, Grand Valley 0
PAONIA — The Eagles, the top-ranked team in Class 1A football, opened the game by taking a 49-0 lead against the Cardinals before prevailing in the 1A WSL opener for both teams.
Grand Valley dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in league play. The Cardinals will play again next Friday when they host Cedaredge.
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