Roaring Fork rolls Aspen 48-21
October 14, 2002
The Roaring Fork Rams football team gave Aspen a rude reminder of the chasm between the top and the bottom of the 2A Western Slope Conference.
Aspen, which brought its varsity program back this season after an eight-year absence, won its first game since 1994 last week against Olathe. This week was a different story as the league-leading Rams rolled to a 48-21 victory Friday night at Roaring Fork High School.
Other than the Rams difficulty holding onto the ball and a power outage that delayed play for 20 minutes, there was little Aspen (1-4 WSL, 1-6 overall) could do to stop Roaring Fork (5-0, 6-1).
“I have a lot of respect for Carbondale’s program,” said AHS coach Tom Goode. “They’ve had a great program for a number of years, but our guys went in feeling like they had nothing to lose. We felt like we had a chance to win if we could hold ?em, but we just couldn’t stop the pass.”
Aspen gave Roaring Fork the ball on their own 20 after a bad snap on a punt, leading to an Evan Carmichael 27-yard touchdown strike to Chad Minor. Minor had the best all-around day on the field, running for a team high 74 yards and catching three passes for 38 yards.
It was Carmichael, however, who lifted the Rams to another level. Following Minor’s touchdown, and a punt by Aspen, Carmichael hit receiver Max Green for an 82-yard scoring strike and Green?s extra point put the game essentially out of reach at 14-0 in the first quarter.
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?Evan is making really good decisions at quarterback and maturing,? Roaring Fork coach Tory Jensen said. ?He?s really taking over the offense.?
Carmichael, who was relieved early in the fourth quarter, finished 12-for-16 for 201 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for 31 yards.
Running back James Leonard capped a 10-play, 62-yard drive with 2:19 left in the half to put the Rams up 21-0 going into the intermission.
The Roaring Fork defense didn?t allow Aspen deeper than the Ram 48 yard line in the first half and kept up the pressure in the second half. On Aspen?s second play from scrimmage in the third quarter junior Taylor Arbany intercepted a Pat Faurer pass and returned it 30 yards for a 28-0 Roaring Fork advantage.
Another three-and-out series by Aspen gave the Rams the ball at the Aspen 46. Leonard scored his second touchdown of the night with a 22-yard sweep for a 35-0 lead with 5:29 left in the third quarter.
Ross Velasquez picked off a Faurer attempted screen pass that turned the ball over to the Rams on their own 40-yard line. Kellen Whitworth capped the drive with a 10-yard run into the end zone for a 42-0 lead with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
For the Skiers, running back Dusty Stutsman supplied the only offense in the game. The ensuing kickoff bounced off the chest of teammate and fellow returner Anders Head, but Stutsman picked up the ball on a bounce and bolted 74 yards for Aspen?s only touchdown against the primarily varsity unit.
Stutsman, who finished with 143 yards rushing, scored twice more in the fourth quarter.
“The kids didn’t quit,” Goode said. “Roaring Fork is definitely tops in the league and we gave it a shot.”
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