Olathe overcomes turnovers to top Basalt
OLATHE — Ryan Corn wants his Olathe High School football team to be hungry.
Friday night, his team rebounded from two straight losses to defeat Basalt 17-12 in front of a packed homecoming crowd.
“It was ugly, but it felt good,” Corn said. “Those dang turnovers hurt us offensively. Basalt, they’re a great team, but I thought we should have won this game more handily.”
A holding call on a 42-yard run by Basalt (2-2), kept the Longhorns’ offense cold early in the game.
With 6:59 left in the first half, Olathe quarterback Ben Kaylor connected with Taylor Carlson in the right side of the end zone for the Pirates (2-3).
Bruising defense, led by linebacker Carston Byers and lineman Joe McCracken, forced Basalt to punt less than a minute later, setting up a 72-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Mumm with 5:03 left in the half.
After an Olathe turnover, Basalt kicker Bertillo Garcia kicked a 57-yard field goal just before halftime.
Garcia inched the Longhorns closer with a 24-yard field goal with 5:51 left in the third quarter. The Pirates blocked his 47-yard attempt earlier in the second half.
A couple of costly fumbles by the Pirates kept the offense stalled until Kaylor connected with Carlson for a 33-yard reception to keep a fourth-quarter drive alive.
Kaylor kicked a 30-yard field goal four plays later to increase the lead to 17-6 with 7:38 left in the game.
The Longhorns were forced to throw, and Carlson intercepted a pass over the middle, but minutes later, the Pirates turned it back over.
Basalt capped the fourth-quarter drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Zach Mobilian with 16 seconds left. The Pirates recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
Montrose 22, Pueblo West 21: Angelo Youngren scored two third-quarter touchdowns to help the Indians rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit in Pueblo.
Both of Youngren’s touchdowns were from 2 yards out, then he kicked one extra point. His second touchdown tied the game, so the Indians went for two, with Drew Casebier throwing a two-point conversion pass to Brennan Woodruff for the win with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Woodruff caught a 60-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Moffat County 22, Delta 14: Michael Samuelson scored on a 35-yard run in the Bulldogs’ win in the Western Slope League opener.
In other games, Eagle Valley rolled past Steamboat Springs 34-7 in a WSL game, Roaring Fork upended Coal Ridge 28-7, Aspen knocked off Gunnison 35-22, Salida defeated Montezuma-Cortez 14-0, Hotchkiss drilled Sargent 46-12, Norwood cruised past Nucla 51-6 and Dove Creek beat Plateau Valley 48-0.