Aspen football tops Grand Valley |

Aspen football tops Grand Valley

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen’s defense shined in the rain Friday night, scoring two touchdowns en route to a 26-20 victory in Grand Valley.

“It was a miserable, rainy night, a defensive game,” said Aspen head football coach Tom Goode. “I give praise to our defense.”

Led by Jacob Welch, who rushed for a touchdown and scored another off a punt he blocked in the third quarter, Aspen fought back from a 14-0 deficit at halftime.

“The whole game should be called the Jacob Welch show,” Goode said. Welch also deflected a Grand Valley pass in the second half, resulting in an interception.

Tailback Dusty Stutsman continued to dominate, rushing for close to 100 yards and a touchdown. With the Grand Valley defense keying on Stutsman, however, Welch was given more running room.

“He had one heck of a game,” Goode said.

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Aspen will face Basalt at home in an afternoon game this Friday.

“Basalt is a much improved team,” Goode said. “They have a big offensive and defensive line.”