Basalt football runs wild against Grand Valley | AspenTimes.com

Basalt football runs wild against Grand Valley

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Jim Ryan/Special to The Aspen TimesBasalt's Sam Morrison (10) leads the way for teammate Erick Enriquez during Friday's game against Grand Valley at Basalt High School.

BASALT – It did not matter who lined up in the Basalt backfield Friday night.

The Longhorns’ offensive line dominated at the point of attack all evening against visiting Grand Valley, helping the team’s backs pile up 375 yards on the ground. Basalt jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and was never tested en route to a resounding 38-0 victory.

The Longhorns are now 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the 2A Western Slope. The Cardinals fell to 3-4.

“We pretty much just ran the same play over and over,” joked Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs. “We played really well.”

After forcing Grand Valley to punt on the game’s opening possession, the Longhorns took the ball and drove right down the field. Quarterback Scotty Hoffman bulled his way into the end zone on a 1-yard keeper to give Basalt the early seven-point lead.

When he wasn’t rushing the ball, Hoffman was handing off to Zach Mobilian and Erick Enriquez, who both routinely torched the Grand Valley defense. Mobilian, who returned to the lineup after missing the bulk of the last two games because of an apparent ankle injury, rushed for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns.

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“Having Zach back was huge for us,” Frerichs said.

Enriquez recorded more than 100 yards on the ground and added a touchdown.

While they surrendered a few big plays, the Longhorns’ defense made the lead stand up.

“The defense just played phenomenal,” Frerichs said. “They really controlled things out there.”

Basalt visits Gunnison at 3:30 p.m. Friday, then returns home to face Coal Ridge on Oct. 29. The Longhorns close out the regular season with a trip to 2-5 Cedaredge, which was routed in Aspen, 37-7, in other action Friday.

“Our only three losses [to 3A Glenwood Springs, Olathe and Aspen] came against Top 10 teams in the state,” Frerichs said. “We played well in all those games. I think we still have a legitimate chance at the wild card in the league.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com