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Foothill rallies past Basic


Foothill’s Kyle Keplinger tries to leap over Basic’s Dante Rodgers during their game in 2010.

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The rivalry between Foothill and Basic provided yet another memorable installment Friday night.

Foothill overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to win its second in a row in the Battle for Boulder Highway series: Foothill 42, Basic 35.

“There were so many momentum swings in the game,” Foothill coach Marty Redmond said. “I don’t even know where to start. They got bounces in the first half. We got bounces in the second half.”

Foothill scored 21 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes to come out victorious. The winning touchdown came on a 10-yard rush from Brandon Wiltz after a blocked punt by Michael Gamboa.

Basic got the ball back with a little more than two minutes to go and mounted a drive before a turnover ended the Wolves' hopes. They looked golden in the first half as they raced out to a 28-7 halftime lead.

But the Falcons never panicked behind their leader Kyle Keplinger, who scored three touchdowns including a kickoff return when things were looking especially bleak.

Quarterback Drew Doxtator also threw for a couple touchdowns, including one to Tyler Morris to tie the game and one to Tyren Boykin to cut into the lead.

Basic lost its quarterback, Eddie Vega, to injury in the second half, which Redmond admitted was another turning point.

“It was a pretty good game,” Redmond said. “It could have gone either way.”

Foothill is assured a spot in the playoffs with the win, while Basic must now beat Del Sol next week to play its way into the postseason.

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