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Aspen, Basalt drop tight games

Aspen's Jacob Welsh grinds upfield against Olathe on Saturday. Aspen Times photo/Mark Fox.

The Aspen High football team rallied from a 20-0 hole at halftime against Olathe Saturday, but the Skiers’ final drive stalled with a penalty and Aspen fell 23-16 in their regular-season home finale.

Olathe – like Aspen, 2-5 overall on the season – scored three touchdowns in the first half en route to an apparent blowout.But Aspen answered with two touchdowns in the second half – a rushing TD by Jackson Davis, and a 12-yard Paul Britvar TD reception on a screen pass from quarterback Pat Faurer – as well as a safety to cut the deficit to 23-16 down the stretch.

Then, Aspen’s final drive was snuffed out by a penalty, according to Aspen coach Tom Goode.”I think we stunned them in the second half. They had no idea. I don’t think they thought we were capable of that,” said Goode. “Tough game, though. We just gave up too much in the first half. In the second, they did the best they could, and then some, giving us an opportunity to win the game with 30 seconds left.

“The kids worked so hard,” Goode continued. “And we’re extremely proud of them. But they took the loss hard, really hard, and it’s a sign of things to come, I think. Now, they’re all talking about the kind of team we’re going to have.”A win would’ve been great, no doubt about that, but it was a successful end to the game for our boys to come back and play that kind of second half. And they know they’re capable of that now.”

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