Basalt football at Center |

Basalt football at Center

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Basalt High School football team took the long road trip to the heart of the agricultural mecca of the San Luis Valley on Friday night.

But the Longhorns couldn’t harvest a victory — particularly after giving up seven turnovers.

The homestanding Center Vikings scored a 26-14 nonconference victory of the Longhorns in a game where Basalt led on two different occasions.

“That was really the difference in the game,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said of the turnovers. Basalt trailed 6-0 but went up 7-6 on a 30-yard TD by Richie Guerrero before halftime.

The Longhorns fell behind again, but regained a 14-12 lead.

But Center answered with a long pass completion to set up the go-ahead score. The Vikings also added a late TD.

Frerichs said the Longhorns had outstanding play from James Coombs in his first high school game and Alex Nakagawa.

Center improved to 1-1 with the Friday night victory.

Basalt fell to 0-2. The Longhorns will host Eagle Valley next Friday.

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