Basalt High football hosts winless Roaring Fork on senior night already a playoff lock
With 14 combined wins and counting over the past two seasons to go with back-to-back Class 2A Western Slope League titles, this year’s senior class will be leaving behind quite the legacy.
And at 6:45 p.m. Friday, ahead of its final regular-season home game against Roaring Fork, the Basalt High School football team will say goodbye to those 11 seniors.
“A lot of three and four year starters,” Basalt coach Carl Frerichs said. “That’s just unheard of in high school football. A lot of kids that have played a lot of football in that senior class.”
The game itself isn’t expected to be much of a contest. At 7-1 overall and ranked No. 8 in 2A, Basalt has already punched its ticket to the postseason. It did so by running through Moffat County 47-0 last week in Craig.
Undermanned Roaring Fork is 0-8 and has been outscored 420-12 this season. Still, Frerichs has been around long enough to know to ignore the numbers when playing a rival.
“We know they are not having the season they wanted to have,” he said, “but at the same time it’s our rival and we need to be ready to play and be focused and organized.”
Should BHS take care of business Friday, it can turn its attention toward the postseason. The Longhorns are No. 6 in RPI heading into their senior night game, and Frerichs expects them to receive a six or seven seed when the 2A playoff bracket is revealed on Sunday. In that scenario, BHS would host the No. 10 or 11 seed next weekend.
Basalt was the No. 8 seed last season, where it lost to No. 9 seed D’Evelyn in the first round, 27-20.
“When you’ve been there before, I think they have a better understanding of what we are getting into here pretty soon,” Frerichs said. “With our talent level, we really think whoever comes here on Saturday we can play with.”
At No. 10 in RPI, Aspen High School is hoping to be the second team from the 2A WSL to make the postseason. The Skiers (7-1) host Moffat County (4-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in their regular-season finale.
As a team, Aspen finished third overall in its lone home tournament of the fall. The Skiers shot a collective 239, finishing 12 back of fellow 3A powerhouse Colorado Academy (227). Steamboat Springs, out of 4A, shot 225 to take the win.
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