Basalt football wins 4 OT battle with Cedaredge
In the fourth overtime under the lights Friday in Basalt, the Basalt High football team claimed its first victory of the season, 32-26 over Cedaredge, a team that blew them out 57-0 last year.
At the end of regulation, the Longhorns had stalemated Cedaredge 20 all. Then, after matching touchdowns and blocked kicks in the first three overtimes, Longhorn junior quarterback Cody Burkholder hit junior Brian Smith with a five-yard TD pass to ice the game – and Basalt’s winless streak.
“The whole place went nuts,” said Forrest Grosh, Basalt’s first-year head coach. “The stands erupted, and the kids were definitely very happy..
“This was a big win for us, and I’m hoping that this is just the start of what’s to come here in the future, not only for this team but for the program. We had a lot of standout performances Friday – the entire team, really.”
Peetz scored his first TD on an 18-yard interception return, and his second on a four-yard rush after junior Darren Duroux recovered a Cedaredge fumble on their ensuing possession.
Basalt was enjoying a 14-0 lead when the game was interrupted for about 15 minutes due to rain and lightning, and Cedaredge, tied for second in the Class 2A Western Slope League standings entering the game, “came back out pretty determined,” Grosh said.
Cedaredge evened the score at 14-14 when Basalt fumbled the second-half opening kickoff, leading to a second TD. Another Cedaredge touchdown in the third quarter put the Longhorns in a 20-13 hole, but Basalt rallied back and Peetz scored again on a five-yard rush with less than a minute to play. Junior kicker Frank Howard, who was good on the two earlier PATs, had a chance to put Basalt ahead, but Cedaredge blocked the extra point to send the game to overtime.
Both teams scored TDs and had their PATs blocked in the first overtime – when each team gets the ball at the 10-yard line going in – and both teams blocked field goal attempts in the second overtime.
Finally, in the fourth overtime, Basalt’s defense intercepted a Cedaredge pass, and then Basalt’s Burkholder and Smith hooked up to end the game.
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