Talented Roaring Fork tops BHS | AspenTimes.com

Talented Roaring Fork tops BHS

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Roaring Fork High School has a very good football team, as Basalt discovered Friday night. The Longhorns were overwhelmed and outplayed from the beginning, losing 48-8.

“They got off to a really good start,” said BHS head coach Forrest Grosh. “They’ve got a really talented team, lots of seniors and a lot of experience, and it showed.”

Undefeated Roaring Fork scored on the second play of the game in Carbondale and didn’t look back, piling on 42 points in the first half to improve to 5-0 on the season.

In typical Longhorn fashion though, BHS never gave up. Down 48-0 going into the fourth quarter, the Longhorns scored a safety and a touchdown to prevent a shutout.

“The team stayed together and played well in the second half,” Grosh said. “They never gave up, they’re always hanging in there.”

Clayton Peetz, a BHS junior, continued to lead the way on both sides of the ball. Peetz rushed for a team-high 68 yards and recorded nine tackles on defense, also a team best.

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Grosh said junior quarterback Cody Burkholder continued to impress. Burkholder, who is technically the third-string quarterback, threw for 81 yards and a touchdown. Conor Meyer, a junior, was the starting quarterback coming into the season, but was injured in the first half of the first game of the year. Starting fullback Kaleb Nye then slid under center, filling in for Meyer. Burkholder would later relieve Nye, starting the third game of the season against Aspen.

“He’s doing well, he has good pocket presence,” Grosh said about Burkholder.

While the Longhorns never lost their fight, Grosh said poor tackling allowed RFHS to dominate the first half.

“We definitely can work on our tackling,” Grosh said. “In the first half, we had poor tackling. We had guys in position and it ended up being a larger play than it needed to be.”

The Longhorns (1-4) face the tough Eagle Valley team on the road Friday at 7 p.m.

“The team looks to be positive and looking forward to the challenge,” Grosh said. “They’re still excited about playing some football.”