Football: Center Vikings hold on to top Basalt
The Basalt Longhorns battled visiting Center play for play Friday night as the visiting Vikings pulled out a 13-3 win at Basalt.
“The kids really played their hearts out,” Basalt head coach Carl Frerichs said. “The defense played phenomenal. The second-half defense was the best we’ve played all year.”
The Longhorns’ defense totally shut down the Vikings after halftime.
But Center took advantage of opportunities for a 13-3 halftime lead and the eventual 13-3 victory.
David Flores hit a short field goal for the Basalt points Friday night.
“The offense shot itself in the foot tonight,” Frerichs said, pointing to crucial penalties. Several times the Longhorns threatened, only to be turned back by untimely flags.
Frerichs said Kyle Roberts came in for injured quarterback Miles Levy and did a good job against the 2-0 Vikings, who scored 48 points in a win against Salida last week.
Rickey Perez had a strong rushing game for Basalt, Frerichs said.
“I’m just super proud of the kids’ effort,” he said of the youthful Longhorns, who start four sophomores and two freshmen.
In other area scores Friday night:
Roaring Fork 42, Grand Valley 13
Eagle Valley 21, Battle Mountain 7
Meeker 36, Coal Ridge 6
Monte Vista 10, Gunnison 9
Buena Vista 42, Hotchkiss 7
Cedaredge 14, Olathe 12
Conifer 27, Glenwood Springs 12
Rifle 61, Jefferson 0
Fruita Monument 23, Grand Junction 0
Paonia 49, Ignacio 0
Montrose 28, Lakewood 3
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