‘Horns wrap up Grand Valley
PARACHUTE – Toss out those negative tags associated with Basalt’s football team. After years of struggling, the label has become passé.The Class 2A Longhorns clicked in every facet of the game Friday in a 44-20 victory over Class 1A Grand Valley.”The team is playing together in all phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams,” said Basalt coach Forest Grosh. “And we’re playing hard together, that’s the most important thing right now.” The result is a 2-0 mark for Basalt. It’s the first time the Longhorns have won their first two games in the 21st century.”We’ve all put a lot of hard work into getting this program where we want it to be, and these guys are just building on it,” Grosh said. It helps when a team has big linemen and a speedy back in its arsenal.The ‘Horns larger line took control of the trenches, allowing tailback Clayton Peetz to zip through huge holes. And Peetz, who ran for more than 200 yards in week one against Class 1A Meeker, romped for a game-high 176 yards and two touchdowns. The junior’s 56-yard touchdown, his longest run of the night, iced things with 17 seconds left in the third period.Turnovers put Grand Valley in a hole early.Basalt scored nine quick first-quarter points on a safety, then converted an interception off Cardinal quarterback Richard Gallegos into a touchdown with quarterback Cody Burkholder’s scamper into the end zone from the 3-yard line. Midway through the second quarter, Burkholder capped an 11-play, 63-yard drive when he scored on a 5-yard run. He raised Basalt’s lead to 22-0 when he found receiver Darren Duroux in the end zone with a 12-yard strike.Grand Valley’s offense awakened and ended the half with their first touchdown of the contest – a 24-yard Gallegos to Justin Busch hook up – with seven seconds remaining.The Cardinal air attack struck paydirt again in the third period when Gallegos clicked with Dustin Chaffin for a 52-yard strike, cutting Basalt’s lead 28-13 after Peetz’s 5-yard score opened the quarter.Ari Walters added Basalt’s final touchdown with 2:34 left in the third. Grand Valley’s Taylor Prince concluded the scoring with a 3-yard run with 1:59 remaining in the game.
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