Football: Aspen, Basalt teams hit the road
The Aspen Times
The road show continues today in high school football.
The Basalt Longhorns will play their first road game of the season tonight when they play at Center, located in the heart of the San Luis Valley.
The Aspen Skiers, who traveled to Cortez two weeks ago for a zero-week game, will be back on the road today — only going in the opposite direction.
The Skiers (1-1) will play at Steamboat Springs (1-0) after both teams picked up victories at home last weekend.
Aspen rolled past Grand Valley 41-7 in a nonconference game.
Steamboat Springs beat area rival Moffat County 28-14. Steamboat is in the Class 3A Western Slope League while the Skiers play in the 2A Western Slope League.
Basalt will be looking for its first win of the season after a strong showing in a 17-10 loss to Cedaredge last weekend.
“It was a very good week of practice for us,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said. “The effort and attitude of this group is right where we need it to be.”
He said the Longhorns will use the five-hour trip to Center as a team-bonding trip.
“I honestly think for the kids, it’s a bonding experience. I’m glad it’s early in the season,” Frerichs said. The long trip will require an overnight stay for the Longhorns (0-1).
Frerichs said the Basalt offense is progressing rapidly under sophomore quarterback Miles Levy.
“I’m really excited about this offense,” Frerichs said. He added that the Longhorns made a few defensive adjustments that were uncovered in the loss to 1A power Cedaredge.
Basalt will take on a Center Vikings team that is 0-1 after a 28-12 loss to Salida a week ago.
Basalt will host Eagle Valley next weekend — Friday, Sept. 12.
Aspen, after the big home win last weekend, will play at Steamboat before returning home to host that same Cedaredge team on Sept. 12.
The Skiers, who opened the year with a 33-0 loss at Cortez, will have a week off for experiential education before opening the Western Slope League season at Roaring Fork on Sept. 26.
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