Football: Basalt faces Battle Mountain test
The Aspen Times
Get there early.
Good parking will fill up fast.
The Basalt High School football team will host a big showdown game Friday night against visiting Battle Mountain with playoff implications looming.
And a huge crowd is expected for the matchup of two of the Western Slope League North’s top teams.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at BHS Stadium.
The Longhorns pulled into playoff contention with a tight 21-17 victory over rival Roaring Fork last weekend, improving to 2-1 in league play. Basalt is 3-4 overall.
Battle Mountain also is 2-1 in conference play after a dominating 54-6 victory over Aspen a week ago. The Huskies are 3-3 overall and on a two-game winning streak.
Moffat County continues to lead the Western Slope League North with a perfect 3-0 record, 5-2 overall. The Bulldogs, who have won three in a row, will host the Aspen Skiers at 7 p.m. Friday in Craig.
Moffat County topped Coal Ridge 39-12 last weekend in New Castle. The Bulldogs beat Battle Mountain 24-7 earlier.
Coal Ridge and Roaring Fork, with matching 1-2 league records, will play Friday night in Carbondale. Both teams are 3-4 overall.
Friday’s key conference game in Basalt will feature the leading passer in the Western Slope North — Basalt’s Miles Levy. He’s totaled 501 yards in three league games.
Right behind Levy is Battle Mountain quarterback Demetrius Parrish with 320 passing yards.
Running back Wyatt Harwood of Battle Mountain ranks No. 2 in the conference in rushing yards with 396. Aspen’s Nik Morgan leads in conference rushing yards with 495.
Parrish also has rushed for 325 yards for the Battle Mountain Huskies.
Ian Lumsden is the leading rusher for Basalt with 302 yards this season. Lumsden also is the leading tackler in the Western Slope North thus far this season.
Basalt’s Cameron Firmin is the top receiver in the conference with 313 yards.
Chase Keep of Battle Mountain is next at 228 with all statistics provided by Maxpreps.com.
Next weekend, Basalt will play at Aspen in the regular-season finale Oct. 30.
Moffat County will host Roaring Fork on Oct. 30.
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Teams have two more weekends of racing before the scheduled regional meet on Oct. 9 in Durango. The state cross country meet is slated for Oct. 17 in Colorado Springs.