`Young’ Aspen football returns to the gridiron with win over Basalt
Revived this fall after a six-year hiatus, the Aspen High School junior varsity football team returned to the gridiron yesterday afternoon to beat Basalt 20-12.
Capitalizing on two trick plays – including a fake punt late in the fourth quarter that led to Aspen’s third touchdown – the Skiers bested a gutsy Basalt JV squad in the season opener for both teams.
Aspen senior fullback Jeremy Young carried the Skier offense, scoring all three of the team’s touchdowns while racking up more than 100 yards of total offense on approximately 25 carries and one key reception. Young had to grind for the bulk of his rushing yards, running straight up the gut behind the heft of Aspen’s offensive line.
“These guys bring the hat,” Young said of hard-hitting Basalt. “Basalt’s a good football team. It just went our way today.”
“The offensive line blocked stupendously; Cody Paris and Loren Ryerson notably,” he continued.
A crowd of approximately 300 attended the game under sunny skies Monday evening at the Basalt Middle School field.
Young punched in Aspen’s first touchdown on a 1-yard rush with 5:32 to play in the first quarter, capping a 10-minute, 12-play drive on the team’s first possession. An onside kick by Aspen on the opening kickoff, recovered by Scot Woolley, gave Aspen field position on the Basalt 46-yard line, setting up the scoring drive.
Basalt fought back in the second quarter, tying the score at 6-6 on a 2-yard rush with 5:48 left in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Aspen’s R. A. Beattie received the kick at the Aspen 18 and trotted patiently upfield behind the wedge blockers before finding a seam and breaking a 79-yard return all way down to the Basalt 3.
On second and goal from the Basalt 2, Young capped off the possession with a rush right up the gut and into the end zone with 4:57 to play in the half.
Early in the second half, trailing 14-6, Basalt halfback Javier Morales strung together several long rushing gains off toss sweep plays left and right. The Aspen defense bent but didn’t break.
With 2:06 remaining and forced to punt from the Basalt 28, Aspen orchestrated a fake with the punter barely connecting with a streaking Young for a 72-yard touchdown completion to put Aspen up 20-6.
Freshmen Basalt quarterback Kaleb Nye rallied his squad, connecting with wideouts C-Pher Bair and A.J. Summers for two 30-yard gains, the latter a touchdown strike with seven seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
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