Basalt runs into R. Fork buzz saw
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Roaring Fork High School has a good football team, as Basalt discovered Friday night. The Longhorns were overwhelmed and outplayed from the beginning, losing 48-8.
“[Roaring Fork] got off to a really good start,” said BHS coach Forrest Grosh. “They’ve got a really talented team, lots of seniors and a lot of experience, and it showed.”
Roaring Fork (5-0) scored on the second play of the game and didn’t look back, piling on 42 points in the first half.
In typical Longhorn fashion, though, BHS never gave up. Down 48-0 going into the fourth quarter, the Longhorns scored on a safety and a touchdown to prevent the shutout.
“The team stayed together and played well in the second half,” Grosh said. “They never gave up, and they’re always hanging in there.”
Clayton Peetz, a junior, continued to lead the way on both sides of the ball. Peetz rushed for a team-high 68 yards and recorded nine tackles, also a team best.
Grosh said junior quarterback Cody Burkholder continued to impress. Burkholder, who is technically the third-string quarterback, threw for 81 yards and the touchdown. Conor Meyer, a junior, was the starting quarterback coming into the season but was injured in the season’s first game. 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 the Rams to dominate the first half.
“We definitely can work on our tackling,” he 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 a 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.”
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