Basalt defense shuts down Battle Mountain in win |

Basalt defense shuts down Battle Mountain in win

Scoring in the second half is overrated when your defense plays well.

The Basalt High School football team needed just that, beating host Battle Mountain, 20-8, on Friday in Edwards despite being shut out after halftime.

“Defensively we just played really, really well,” Basalt coach Carl Frerichs said. “Our defense really did some good things. Offensively, our passing game was there. We were kind of on and off with the run game.”

The Longhorns led 7-2 after a quarter and 20-2 by the break. The Huskies got six points back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late by then.

The loss was the first of the season for Battle Mountain (3-1), while the win sends Basalt to 2-2 overall.

“Offensively, we had a lot of kids step up due to injury,” Frerichs said. “We were really proud of them. Raul Torres and Miles Levy had a big game in the air.”

Basalt will open league play next week at home against Steamboat Springs.

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