The Basalt High School football team is looking for validation. And with Class 2A powerhouse Delta coming to BHS Friday night, the Longhorns know that opportunity is at their doorstep.
“It’s a great indicator of where we are at right now. I know our kids are really excited to go against these type of teams,” Basalt coach Carl Frerichs said. “These kids really want to take that next step and compete with anyone in 2A. They want to prove to themselves this Friday that they can do it.”
Delta (1-1) is ranked No. 6 in 2A this week. The Panthers were preseason No. 4 before a zero week loss at Durango, 3-0 in overtime. Durango (3-0) is No. 8 in 3A this week.
Basalt (1-1) sits just outside the top 10 in terms of votes received. When the two teams met a year ago in Delta, the Panthers won 42-7.
“We felt like we did do some good things last year and we learned a lot from the game,” Frerichs recalled. “We really did move the ball pretty well on them last year. And they return all of their inside guys just like we do, so their offensive and defensive lines are the exact same as last year, pretty much just like us. So we feel like we know what we are going against up front.”
Frerichs believes the game will be dictated along the lines, which is good for Basalt considering that’s where Frerichs believes the Longhorns have improved the most so far this season. Basalt lost 34-14 at Rifle in zero week, but answered last week with a 44-0 rout of visiting Grand Valley.
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