Football: Basalt celebrates homecoming romp |

Football: Basalt celebrates homecoming romp

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Basalt quarterback Miles Levy (2) passes for the Longhorns on Friday night against visiting Grand Valley. Levy threw three first-half touchdown passes in Basalt's homecoming victory.
Jim Ryan / Special to The Aspen Times |

BASALT — The Longhorns celebrated homecoming under the Friday night lights.

The Basalt High School football team won a rousing 28-7 victory over visiting Grand Valley in front of a standing room only crowd of purple.

The Longhorns wasted no time in pursuing their first win of the season.

The Basalt defense forced a fumble on Grand Valley’s first play from scrimmage.

Raul Torres recovered for the Longhorns at the 22-yard line of the stunned Cardinals.

Three plays later, the Longhorns started their scoring parade with a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Miles Levy to the aforementioned Torres. With 1:30 played in the game, Basalt led 6-0.

By halftime, the opportunistic Longhorns are stampeded to a crowd-pleasing 25-0 lead over the Cardinals.

In the first half alone, Levy completed 10 of 18 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

His 6-yard scoring pass to Cameron Firmin in the second quarter concluded an 83-yard drive in 11 plays.

He completed a 55-yard slant to Firmin midway through the drive.

After the tenacious Basalt defense forced a safety, Levy threw his third TD pass of the opening half, a 32-yard completion to Will Chadbourne in the left corner of the end zone.

David Flores added a 22-yard field goal for the 25-0 halftime lead on homecoming night at BHS.

The Longhorns’ defense, meanwhile, tormented the winless Cardinals, forcing a fumble and picking off two Grand Valley passes in the first half.

Libny Vega of Basalt tipped a pass to himself for an interception of Grand Valley freshman quarterback Indra Griggs.

Basalt’s Trevor Reuss also intercepted a pass at the end of the second quarter.

The Longhorns controlled the second half with a combination of the defense, led by Ian Lumsden, and the yardage-gobbling offense.

They added another field goal from Flores, who also plays soccer for the Longhorns.

“I’m super-proud of the boys,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said, adding that they had contributions from all phases of the game.

“I thought Miles Levy played really well at quarterback,” Frerichs said. “And our offensive line stepped up.”

He said freshmen and sophomores jumped into the starting lineup in Basalt’s victory, with first starts for the likes of Jake Reuss and Jose Ramos.

“Our wide receivers did a good job getting open. Our big plays were pass plays,” Frerichs said.

He said Lumsden set the tone for the defense, which gave up only one long scoring run by Grand Valley in the fourth.

“He can play any position on the defense. He does a great job leading,” Frerichs said.

The Basalt football team improved to 1-3 on the season. They will open conference play next Friday night at Coal Ridge in New Castle. Basalt will travel the following week to Moffat County in Craig for an Oct. 9 game.

Basalt will host rival Roaring Fork on Oct. 16.

Battle Mountain will visit Basalt on Oct. 23.

And the Longhorns will close the regular season at Aspen on Oct. 30.

In other area scores Friday night:

Gunnison 28, Roaring Fork 7

Grand Junction Central 46, Glenwood Springs 6

Rifle 26, Eagle Valley 0

Delta 49, Steamboat Springs 0