First win for Basalt football
The Aspen Times
The wait is over.
The Basalt High School football team can celebrate.
The Longhorns won their first game of the season Friday night in emphatic fashion, beating Grand Valley 31-14 in a road game at Parachute.
“The offensive line really came together and played well,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said after the Longhorns rushed for more than 200 yards.
Alex Nakagawa scored two first-half touchdowns to help stake the Longhorns to a 17-7 halftime lead.
He scored on a 20-yard run in the first quarter and scored again in the second quarter on a short run.
David Flores added a field goal for Basalt’s 10-point halftime edge.
Quarterback Miles Levy connected with Nakagawa on a 53-yard touchdown pass play in the third quarter.
And Basalt’s Josue Vigil added another TD for the Longhorns as they extended their third-quarter lead to 31-7.
“Jose Rosales was outstanding on defense for us,” Frerichs said.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” he said after the Longhorns improved to 1-3. “We’re looking forward to opening the league season.”
The Longhorns will open Western Slope North League play next Friday night at home against Coal Ridge.
The Titans (2-2) lost Friday night at Olathe 42-13.
Grand Valley slipped to 0-4 with the loss to the Longhorns.
In other games Friday night involving area teams, Roaring Fork lost 48-0 at Gunnison.
Delta whipped Steamboat Springs 55-0 in a clash of 3A teams.
Rifle beat Eagle Valley 35-12 in a 3A showdown of previously unbeaten teams.
Glenwood Springs beat Grand Junction Central 44-26 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Heritage beat Grand Junction High School 28-9.
Cedaredge, the team that has beaten Basalt and Aspen, improved to 4-0 with a 27-6 win over Center.
Utah’s Colby Stevenson won X Games Aspen ski slopestyle gold on Saturday, beating out fellow American Mac Forehand of Stratton, Vermont, the silver medalist who called it “one of the hardest slopestyle courses I have ever skied.”