Basalt football too much for Huskies, wins 43-8 and moves to 2-0 on the season |

Basalt football too much for Huskies, wins 43-8 and moves to 2-0 on the season

The Basalt High School football team made it 2-0 on the young season Thursday night with an easy 43-8 home win over Battle Mountain on the BHS field.

After handling Eagle Valley last week in the season opener, a 39-16 BHS win in Gypsum, the Longhorns kept rolling right along in Game 2. With senior Kade Schneider back at quarterback after missing the first contest, Basalt led 10-0 after a quarter — senior Will Keating made the field goal — the highlight being a 13-yard TD pass from Schneider to senior wideout Dylan Madden.

A 5-yard touchdown run by senior Cooper Crawford early in the second quarter made it 17-0, and senior Jamie Dolan’s 11-yard TD run made it 23-0 with just inside of four minutes to go in the half.

Basalt was opportunistic late in the quarter, with senior Trevin Beckman scoring on a short TD run with 42 seconds to play until the break, and with the ball suddenly back in the offense’s hands, Schneider found Madden for a second TD, this time from 30 yards out as time expired in the half. It was 36-0 in favor of the Longhorns at the midway point.

Junior Noah Johnston, who started at QB last week, scored on a short run early in the third quarter, pushing the lead out to 43-0 and starting the running clock.

Battle Mountain did score with just over two minutes to play in the third quarter, but the rest of the game was played with little drama.

Ranked No. 6 in Class 2A this week in the poll, Basalt (2-0) will next travel to Carbondale to face Roaring Fork on Sept. 9, followed by a visit from Glenwood Springs on Sept. 16 before opening up league play on Sept. 30 at home against Grand Valley.

Roaring Fork opens its season on Friday at Coal Ridge.

Aspen, which lost 45-0 at home to Gunnison to open the season last week, had a bye this week. The Skiers return to the field Sept. 9 with a game at Meeker. On Sept. 16, AHS will return home to face Battle Mountain.

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