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Pollock, ‘Horns sack Bruins, 28-7

As Ben Pollock goes, so goes the Basalt football team.On Friday at home against Cedaredge the dynamic senior running back racked up 144 yards rushing on 19 carries and accounted for 16 of Basalt’s points in a 28-7 rout of visiting Cedaredge. All told, Pollock had 225 all-purpose yards, counting kickoff and punt returns.”It feels good to put a team away in the second quarter,” Pollock said. “The last two games we jumped out on top in the first quarter, then we couldn’t finish it. But this game we just cruised after we started scoring.”While Pollock seemed to be all over the field, he wasn’t so much a one-man act, as had been the case in Basalt’s two previous games. The ‘Horns’ defense pitched a shutout up until 29 seconds remained in the third quarter and intercepted Cedaredge senior quarterback Brady Rice twice.The second interception actually led to Cedaredge’s only score on what was a play straight out of a blooper video. Basalt senior linebacker Jason Troyer picked off Rice on first down and goal for the Bruins from the Longhorns’ 4-yard line, but was then stripped of the ball as he headed up the field. The loose ball bounced directly into the hands of Cedaredge offensive lineman Greg McAdams, who then rumbled into the end zone for the score.Troyer also had a hand in the other interception earlier in the third quarter, which led to Basalt’s final touchdown of the night. Rice dropped back to pass on first down, but was drilled from his blind side by Troyer in the middle of his throwing motion. The ensuing pass floated to Longhorns junior defensive back Chris Fitzgerald. Basalt junior quarterback Tucker Hinchcliffe hooked up with junior wideout Rory Johnson on the very next play for a 33-yard touchdown strike. Johnson ran behind his man on a fade pattern, then came back to the ball in the end zone to make a leaping catch.”We looked at a couple of different opportunities,” Basalt coach Forrest Grosh said. “We are a running team, but we’ve got to utilize our receivers and our quarterbacks when we can and give some guys some breaks. We were just trying to use everything we could on the field.”The point-after attempt by Pollock was no good, leaving the score at 28-0 with 3:17 remaining.Pollock’s second touchdown run of the night had come just a minute earlier in the game. The ‘Horns drove from their own 15 down to the Bruin’s 36 in five plays. From there, Pollock took a delayed draw from Hinchcliffe, shook two defenders after busting through the line of scrimmage, then darted to the left sideline and into the left corner of the end zone.


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