Rams rack up a victory over Longhorns
CARBONDALE – Defense has always played a big role in Roaring Fork’s football success. But that part of the Rams game, for the most part, has escaped recognition.Until Friday night.Holding Basalt to minus 10 yards in the second half, Roaring Fork’s defense allowed the Rams’ offense to do what it does – put points on the scoreboard.
“I come from the school that defense wins championship,” said Rams head coach Mike Brinson. “(Assistant coach) Jeff Kelley and I put a lot of effort into it and the kids take pride in our defense.”Working both facets together turned Roaring Fork’s one-point lead at halftime into a 27-6 rout. The win maintains the Rams’ (5-1 conference, 7-1 overall) second-place tie with Gunnison heading to the final week of the regular season.Roaring Fork scored on a 26-yard run by Trevor Hunt in the first quarter. The 7-0 lead, thanks to Jake Kinney’s extra-point kick, held up when Micah Amborn blocked a Longhorn PAT after Tucker Hinchcliff’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Gawrys with 11 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first half.Making some minor adjustments, Roaring Fork forced Basalt to punt in its first series in the third quarter. Operating from their 18, the Rams sewed together a 13-play drive to distance themselves from their neighboring rival.
Trevor Hunt bulled his way over from the 1-yard line to open a 13-6 lead. Duties were turned over to the defense, but that group of Rams didn’t stay on the field too long.”Interior-wise, we didn’t change much (defensively), Brinson said. “We had a check against their twin set, and that shut it down.”
Which the Rams did repeatedly in the second half. After Hunt’s score, Basalt went three-and-out again. Roaring Fork’s offense returned the favor by posting another touchdown – on a six-yard pass from Kade Giannetti to Jake Kinney midway through the fourth quarter.Giannetti, as a defensive back, scored the Rams’ last touchdown, with a 33-yard interception return against Longhorns quarterback Tucker Hinchcliff.Roaring Fork concludes the regular season next week at Cedaredge.
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