AHS football plays home opener today | AspenTimes.com

AHS football plays home opener today

Aspen Times Staff Report

Undefeated at home since 1994, the Aspen High School football team will defend its turf this afternoon at 4 p.m vs. Basalt High.

The AHS football team, revived this fall after a six-year hiatus, will play its first home game against a team the Skiers beat 20-12 on Sept. 11 in their first game back on the gridiron.

Aspen coach Tom Goode said last week he expects a different game today.

“I’m expecting Basalt to come down with a full house after we beat them in the opener,” Goode said. “I’m hoping they load up with varsity players. Our kids enjoy that; they can learn more.”

The Aspen JV team, which hopes to grow into a varsity program in a few years, lost to Glenwood Springs on Sept. 18. A game scheduled against Grand Valley last week was cancelled because Grand Valley couldn’t field a team.

“It’s tough to take a week off when you’re expecting to play,” Goode said. “Every game is important because the learning curve is so much greater. There’s so much more to be learned in a game.”

And after two weeks of practice, Goode said the AHS players are “itching to hit somebody else.”

“We’d love to have the communtiy come out to enjoy some football,” Goode said of today’s game. “The kids are really looking forward to playing at home.”

For AHS homecoming on Saturday (Oct. 7), Aspen will play its first and only Saturday game vs. Moffat County at 1 p.m.

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