Football: Basalt concentrates on hard work
The Aspen Times
BASALT — The Longhorns have a simple approach to the 2015 high school football season: hard work.
The rest will take care of itself.
“If they keep doing the right things, taking care of themselves, working hard and if they keep giving their best effort, we’ll be fine in this league,” veteran head coach Carl Frerichs said. “We’ll know more after Friday night, but we’re ready to go.”
Frerichs and the Longhorns will kick off the season with a 7 p.m. game Friday at Cedaredge, a nonconference game against a strong 1A playoff team from last year.
Frerichs said the Basalt players had a strong showing at the annual spring scrimmages against the likes of Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork and Hotchkiss.
“We played well in the spring, and the effort has been good (in the preseason workouts),” Frerichs said. “And we’re pleased with what we’ve seen in the weight room.”
The Longhorns will be young, he said. But several of the younger players were forced into starting roles last year, including a trio of freshmen and three more sophomores.
“They’re all back,” Frerichs said.
Juniors Ian Lumsden, Miles Levy and Cullen White all started as sophomores last year. Levy was the starting quarterback.
Oswaldo Morales, Raul Torres and Alex Alberto are back after starting as freshmen in 2014.
Frerichs said the Longhorns also will have Libny Vega back on the field this season.
Injured in the first game last year, Vega will make his return Friday night at Cedaredge.
“He’s a great football player,” his coach said.
The early portion of the schedule will be important in refining the offense and defense in game situations, Frerichs said.
The Longhorns will play at home for game No. 2 on Sept. 11 when they host the Center Vikings from the San Luis Valley, another nonleague game.
Frerichs and the Longhorns will travel to Eagle Valley on Sept. 18 before hosting Grand Valley in a homecoming game Sept. 25.
One week later, Basalt will play at Coal Ridge on Oct. 2.
A long road trip awaits Oct. 9, when the Longhorns travel to Craig to play Moffat County.
Basalt will host the Roaring Fork rivalry game Oct. 16.
The Longhorns also will host Battle Mountain on Oct. 23.
The traditional final game will be at rival Aspen on Oct. 30.
“We’ll have several first-year starters,” Frerichs said. “But as long as they go 100 percent, we have the ability to do well.”
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The dual-sport student-athlete was named to the Class 3A Western Slope League all-conference first team for softball as one of two Carbondale players on the Basalt High School softball team team last fall.