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A bright future for Aspen football

A bright future for Aspen football

Dear Editor:

Wow! We have just come back from one of the most exciting football games we’ve seen in long time. No, we weren’t watching the Broncos, the Buffs, the Rams, or even the Skiers. We have just returned from watching Aspen 1 defeat Aspen 2, 25-20, in our teams’ final game in the Three Rivers Youth Football fifth- and sixth-grade league.

The game included multiple lead changes, reverses run for huge yardage touchdowns on both sides, thrilling, hold-your-breath passes (both complete and incomplete), sacks, sneaks, goal-line stands, and even a couple of onside kicks!

It was as exhilarating as any game at any level as I can remember. The boys on both teams displayed a level of skill only their coaches and doting parents knew they had in them! They should be so proud, not only of how they executed last night, but of how much they have improved over the entire season. Both of the teams were made of mostly fifth graders who have never even played tackle football before! Kudos to Rob Gile, Joe Wilson, Deb Alcorta, Chris Pesek, and even Tommy Clapper (coaches for Aspen 2) and Shaun Kennedy, Dave Fuentes, Tim Francis, and Derek Johnson (coaches for Aspen 1).

We also really want to thank the Aspen Elks Lodge 224 for sponsoring both teams, Blair Elliot from the Parks Department and Keith Bullicz from Aspen Recreation for coordinating the fields and the shape they were in, Carol Sams, Aspen athletic director, for graciously allowing us to play on the turf field and making the game under the lights possible, and finally, Ron Morehead for caring so much about football that he single-handedly organized the Aspen end of the TRY league to make these teams and this season a reality – a huge responsibility he has taken on year after year since his boys were this age.

Thanks again all, and we’re already looking forward to next season. The future of Aspen football appears truly bright!

Tracy and Patrick Murtagh


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