Junior quarterback Trevor Reuss takes reins for Basalt High football team
Trevor Reuss did all he could when thrown into the fire last season for the Basalt High School football team.
After senior quarterback Miles Levy was knocked out of the game early on against D’Evelyn in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs, the sophomore backup was asked to provide a miracle. He nearly did, going 9 of 18 for 174 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but it wasn’t enough in a season-ending 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.
“They were all worried when our all-state quarterback went down, but I learned so much from him last year that I stepped in and went with the flow and the guys really helped me out,” Reuss said prior to Friday’s practice. “It was amazing to be a backup behind Miles because he taught me so much and he was such a great quarterback and teammate. You just kind of learn what you can and stay ready for what’s next.”
What’s next is the top job, full time. With Levy having graduated, Reuss, now a junior, will inherit a Basalt team coming off its first league title in more than 30 years. BHS finished the 2016 season 7-3 overall, going 5-0 in 2A Western Slope League play.
Replacing Levy won’t be easy. He threw for 1,297 yards as a senior, with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 182 yards with six touchdowns.
“We are definitely going to miss Miles,” BHS coach Carl Frerichs said. “Miles was an all-state quarterback, but we are excited for what Trevor can do and we have a lot of confidence in him.”
Reuss has plenty of help around him. The Longhorns return seven of 11 starters on offense, including four of their five offensive linemen. They lost all-state receiver Kyle Roberts, who signed with Western State, to graduation, but have plenty of people stepping up in the receiving department, including tight end Raul Torres and wide out Griffen Jenkins.
The backfield includes returning fullback Colin Hipona and senior transfer Noah Williams. Last year’s leading rusher, Alex Alberto, transferred out of state.
“Trevor is our guy now,” senior center Oswaldo Morales said. “We are putting all our trust and faith in him that he will get the job done, and we fully expect him to do that and we know he will.”
The 2017 season starts Friday, with Basalt traveling to mighty Rifle to open the season. Rifle is receiving votes to be ranked in 3A, while Basalt is receiving votes to be ranked in 2A. The Bears went 8-3 last season, including a 48-34 season-opening win at Basalt.
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