Longhorns pull away from Rams for victory
The Basalt High School football team turned back rival Roaring Fork 21-17 on Friday night in a key Western Slope League game.
“This is the best we’ve played all season,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said after the Longhorns improved to 2-1 in conference, 3-4 overall.
Kyle Roberts scored one Basalt touchdown on a pass from quarterback Miles Levy.
Ian Lumsden scored on two touchdown runs for the Longhorns.
Roaring Fork led early 7-0 before the Basalt offense picked up momentum.
Frerichs said the offensive line had an outstanding game, led by center Oswaldo Morales, guards Cullen White and Jake Reuss and tackles Thomas Wirth and Tito Ramos.
Tight end Raul Torres and fullback Alex Alberto bolstered the best rushing attack of the year for Basalt, Frerichs said.
He said the Basalt seniors rallied the Longhorns in the tough game against the visiting Rams.
Basalt will host Battle Mountain in another key league game nest Friday night. Battle Mountain beat Aspen 54-6 on Friday night.
“Really proud of the boys; best game of the year,” Frerichs said.
For Roaring Fork, star running back Tyler Spence was lost for the game with a dislocated shoulder in the second quarter, throwing the Rams off of their game.
“Our offense revolves around him,” Rams head coach Jeff Kelley said. “We scrambled to execute plays once he went down. The team just seemed flat after that. We had tons of penalties and turnovers, so Basalt deserved the win.”
Despite losing Spence, the Rams appeared to be in the drivers seat following a blocked field goal that put them in position to score the go-ahead points.
“It was definitely a rush for our kids on the field goal return,” Kelley said. “But right now everything is a blur. This is a tough loss to digest right now.”
In other WSL action Coal Ridge fell to Moffat County 39-12, and Grand Valley dropped their game against Hotchkiss, 41-0.
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