Unbeaten Monte Vista trips up Basalt | AspenTimes.com

Unbeaten Monte Vista trips up Basalt

Steve Benson

Basalt football suffered its first loss of the season Friday night as visiting Monte Vista downed the Longhorns 30-6.Although Monte Vista is now 4-0 and ranked in the top 10 of Colorado’s Class 2A by both Denver newspapers, Basalt coach Forrest Grosh said his team isn’t making any excuses.”They’re disappointed,” he said. “They knew they could play with that team.”The Longhorns dropped to 3-1.Grosh said the Longhorn offense was able to move the ball well against Monte Vista, but it turned the ball over four times, including on the opening drive.”It was a bite in the shorts because we were still in the game,” Grosh said.Longhorn running back Clayton Peetz rushed for 94 yards and tight end Darren Duroux scored Basalt’s only touchdown on a pass from Cody Burkholder.Monte Vista led 23-6 at the half and Grosh said his defense stepped up big in the second half, particularly defensive back Kris Kemp.”He did a good job shutting down their main threat,” Grosh said.Grosh also pointed to punter J.T. Donovan and offensive tackle Justin Kovach as having big games.”Donovan did a good job punting … and Kovach had a good game blocking,” he said.Grosh said his team was down following the loss, but will use it as a learning experience.”It was a good test to see where we’re at and to realize we have a lot of work to do,” he said “The team still is very optimistic. We have a lot going for us.”In the long run this will be a positive thing for the team and the program.”The Longhorns host Olathe (2-2) Friday night for homecoming.”They’ll be excited to come back [today] and get ready for Olathe,” Grosh said. “They’ll be trying to redeem themselves.”Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com