Cedaredge scores late TD to edge Basalt football
The Basalt High School football team opened the season Friday night with a thriller.
The Longhorns were tied 10-10 with Class 1A powerhouse Cedaredge with 7 minutes to play with the ball on the Bruins’ 40-yard line. The Longhorns drove to the 25 but couldn’t convert a field goal.
Cedaredge responded with a game-winning drive.
“We had the ball inside their 40 and we drove,” Basalt heach coach Carl Frerichs said. “But then they took it down and scored.”
He said the Longhorns played well, taking a 3-0 lead on a David Flores field goal.
Cedaredge went up 7-3 before Miles Levy connected with Richie Guerrero on a 70-yard touchdown pass that set up a Josue Vigil touchdown.
Basalt led 10-7 for most of the third quarter.
Cedaredge tied the game 10-10 early in the fourth, setting the stage for the finishing dramatics.
“We just couldn’t capitalize at the end,” Frerichs said, adding that he was very proud of his team’s preformance against a perennial playoff team in Cedaredge.
“Jake Levy was awesome out there for us,” the Basalt head coach said. “He was the best player out there.”
The Longhorns will hit the road to the San Luis Valley next weekend for a nonconference game at Center.
Basalt will return home for a game Sept. 12 against Eagle Valley, another nonleague contest.
The Longhorns will play at Grand Valley on Sept. 19 before opening the Western Slope North season at home against Coal Ridge on Sept. 26.
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