Football: Delta takes down Longhorns |

Football: Delta takes down Longhorns

The Delta High School football team, a recent Class 3A power playing in 2A this season, was as advertised Friday in a 42-7 homecoming win against visiting Basalt.

“We got to give a lot of credit to Delta tonight. They played really well,” Basalt coach Carl Frerichs said. “They are a big, strong, physical team. But at the same time, I think we had opportunities to make the game a lot better.”

The Longhorns moved the ball on offense but couldn’t sustain their drives to the point of scoring. Delta (2-1), led by senior running back Damon Jensen, took a 14-0 lead into the second quarter and a 28-0 lead into halftime.

“We honestly played pretty tough in the first half. We moved the ball pretty well,” Frerichs said. “Defensively, we just couldn’t get them off the field on third down. They converted a lot of third downs on us.”

Basalt came out strong in the second half, reaching Delta’s 1-yard line before being denied. Delta answered with a 13-yard touchdown run late in the quarter and made it 42-0 on a 45-yard touchdown run by Jensen early in the fourth quarter, following a Basalt interception.

The final 11 minutes were played with a running clock.

The Longhorns did avoid the shutout, with quarterback Miles Levy scoring on a 1-yard sneak with less than two minutes remaining.

“Finishing and scoring on the last drive and staying strong and together is always a positive,” Frerichs said. “We are 1-2 right now, but we’ve played two of the best teams in the state for our size school. It doesn’t get any better than Delta and Rifle.”

Basalt will look to get back to .500 on the season when it travels to Battle Mountain next week.

The Aspen High School football team was off this week and will host Grand Valley on Friday.

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