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Football: Basalt takes down Gunnison

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

GUNNISON, Colo. – Basalt’s offense was firing again Friday afternoon, leading the Longhorns to an impressive road win in Gunnison.

Basalt overcame a sluggish start and an early deficit, capitalizing on two long touchdown passes from quarterback Scott Hoffman to Carl Riggins. The Longhorns led, 21-14, at the break, tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half and cruised to a 35-20 win – their third in four weeks.

Basalt scored 30 or more points in all three of those victories.

“We definitely didn’t play our best game. We were pretty sloppy,” Longhorns head coach Carl Frerichs said. “It was a good win, though. It’s a tough place to play.

“Scotty Hoffman was phenomenal. He probably played the best game of his career.”

Hoffman connected with Riggins for a long score in the first quarter, helping Basalt erase an early deficit and take a 7-6 lead.

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The duo hooked up again in the second quarter, this time on a 50-yard slant, to stretch the lead to eight.

The Longhorns (5-3 overall, 3-2 2A Western Slope) were whistled for excessive celebration following the score, however, and the Cowboys returned the ensuing kickoff to the Basalt 20-yard line. A few plays later, they punched the ball into the end zone on a quarterback option play. Gunnison squared the game at 14 with a two-point conversion.

The Longhorns tacked on one more score before the half.

A Cowboys player picked off Hoffman on the opening drive of the second half, setting up a touchdown; Gunnison, which failed on an attempted two-point conversion, pulled to within one at 21-20.

Basalt went to the ground from there to extend the lead and pull out the win. Zach Mobilian broke free for a 50-yard score in the early stages of the fourth quarter, then Erick Enriquez found the end zone from 6 yards out down the stretch, Frerichs said.

The victory sets up a major clash next week; fresh off its upset of top-ranked Aspen, Coal Ridge (6-2, 3-2) visits Basalt for a contest that could have postseason implications.

“Next Friday will probably be for the wild card out of our league,” Frerichs said. “We’re excited.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com