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Basalt football works on the ‘little things’ ahead of Battle Mountain

The Basalt defense celebrates after forcing an early fumble in Friday's season opener against Olathe.

The start to last week's season opener was less than spectacular for the Basalt High School football team. The finish, which came after a nearly hourlong lightning delay, wasn't much to talk about, either.

Despite it all, the Longhorns beat Olathe 28-0 to get to 1-0 with a trip to Battle Mountain on Friday night next on the schedule.

"While in the end it was great that we won, we really should have performed better in both the first and fourth quarters," Basalt senior receiver/defensive back Zach Pagan said. "So, overall it's still just improve on what we need to improve on and keep doing well what we've been doing well at."

Self-inflicted errors cost Basalt early in the opener, which included two empty red zone trips in the first quarter. Still, senior running back Jake Reardon finished with 137 yards on 17 carries and a score. Senior quarterback Trevor Reuss was solid enough, going 6-of-14 for 90 yards with a touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 49 yards and two scores.

Nonetheless, there was plenty for Basalt, No. 7 in Class 2A, to work on this week.

"Our biggest takeaway was just the little stuff," Reuss said. "The little errors, whether it was the quarterback-center exchange or fumbles, it was just the little things that killed us. But as long as we do the little things, the big things will take care of themselves."

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One area that was strong against Olathe was the defense, which pitched a shutout against a team with plenty of senior talent. Basalt hopes this carries over to Friday’s 7 p.m. game in Edwards, as neither team had much of a defense when BHS beat Battle Mountain 41-33 a year ago in Basalt.

"We did not play well defensively against Battle Mountain last year," BHS coach Carl Frerichs said. "Both offenses last year dominated the game, so that's really been our focus this year, to stand tall and be more physical."

The Class 3A Huskies are 2-0 this season, having beaten Middle Park 14-7 on Aug. 24 before rolling 50-8 over Alameda last week.

Aspen (1-0) doesn't play until Saturday afternoon at Bayfield, the defending 2A state champions.

acolbert@aspentimes.com