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Football: Aspen rolls in Gunnison; Basalt falls short

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – Senior quarterback Anderson Cole was economical, completing six of nine passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns – both to wide receiver Walker Moriarty – and junior tailback Nicky Ufkes was his usual dominant self, rushing for 268 yards and three scores to lead the Skiers to a lopsided victory at Mesa State College’s Mountaineer Bowl.

With the win, Aspen assumed sole possession of second place in the 2A Western Slope with one game remaining. The Skiers host Coal Ridge at 7 p.m. Friday.

Aspen has scored 83 points in two games since its loss to Olathe. Skiers head coach Mike Sirko did not return calls seeking comment.

The Longhorns hung with the defending 2A state champions for a quarter and a half. Then, as they so often do for the Pirates’ opponents, things unraveled quickly.

Trailing 14-0 with seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, Basalt forced a turnover and took over on Olathe’s 30-yard line. Quarterback Corey Ostrander’s attempted fade pass was picked off, however, and the Pirates scored twice more to take a 28-0 lead into the break.

“For a while we were sticking with them, forcing punts and forcing fumbles,” Longhorns head coach Carl Frerichs said. “After that interception, they scored and we kind of folded.

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“They have a senior-laden team, and we’re a young team. … We were giving them a run for their money compared to what other teams were doing, but it got away from us. We’re not the first team to run into Olathe and have troubles.”

Basalt, which had won two straight before meeting the Pirates, will host Gunnison at 7 p.m. Friday to close out the regular season.