Roaring Fork perfect in WSC with 44-0 rout over Basalt |

Roaring Fork perfect in WSC with 44-0 rout over Basalt

Roaring Fork’s 44-0 shutout win over Basalt on Friday kept the Rams embroiled with this week’s foe, Gunnison, and Eagle Valley in a three-way tie for first place in the Class 2A Western Slope League.

James Leonard led the Ram attack with three rushingtouchdowns and 214 yards in 16 carries as Roaring Fork moved to 3-0 in the WSC and 4-1 overall.

The Rams put the visiting Longhorns (1-2, 1-4) in a quick hole by taking a 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Ross Velasquez opened the scoring with a eight-yard run. Leonard followed with TD runs of 15 and 5 yards.

Kellen Whitworth’s 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter turned the game into a rout.

Ahead 27-0, Leonard scampered 63 yards for Roaring Fork’s fifth touchdown of the half.

The Rams added 10 points to its 34-0 lead in the third quarter.

Kicker Max Green, who hit on five of six extra point attempts, booted a 40-yard field goal. Leonard concluded the scoring with a 5-yard TD run.

Defensively, Roaring Fork forced Basalt into four turnovers while holding the Longhorns to 139 yards of total offense.

This week, the Rams will put their three-game WSC winning streak on the line this Friday afternoon against Gunnison at Western State College.

“They are going to be a stronger team for us to play with,” said Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen of the upcoming game with the Cowboys.

“They have a pretty good running back and they can pass the ball.”

In other other games relating to the WSC race last week, Gunnison remained undefeated in conference play with a 33-13 victory over Aspen.

Likewise, Eagle Valley maintained its piece of first place and moved to 3-0 in the WSC with a 48-13 drubbing of Hotchkiss.

“The (conference) season is getting more interesting as it’s going along,” Jensen said. “We have the high point of the season coming up,” the coach said.

Three of Roaring Fork’s remaining four conference games are on the road.

After Friday’s Gunnison game, the Rams play its final home game with Aspen on Oct. 11.

They finish the regular season with back-to-back road games at Eagle Valley and Cedaredge.

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