Aspen football falls to Moffat in season finale
Craig Daily Press
The Moffat County High School football team finished its season 5-4 with a 48-22 win Friday night at home against Aspen, a game that was all about creating a memory to last a lifetime knowing it could be its last time together as a team.
The Bulldogs were merciless in the first half as Kaden Hafey led off scoring with a rushing touchdown from 12 yards about three minutes into the game.
The Skiers, eager to keep in step with last week’s win against Steamboat Springs, were quick to respond with a 19-yard rushing touchdown by freshman Trey Fabrocini. Aspen converted the try to tie it at 8.
If there were any doubts about the Bulldogs’ chances, they were promptly dissolved on the following kickoff as Miki Klimper grabbed the ball and ran it all the way back for nearly 90 yards and a second score.
Three different players ran in a score in the first half for Moffat, while a catch by Cale Scranton was a change of pace for the ground-favoring team.
With the clock running at 48-8, Aspen showed its capabilities with the air attack. Junior quarterack R.J. Peshek connected with Noah Hollander from 19 yards to close the half, 48-14.
Moffat County players were chanting “Get it to 60!” heading onto the field, and the Bulldogs had the momentum as Aspen fumbled at midfield following the kickoff to give it to MCHS. Still, it was the Skiers who would get the only touchdown of the remaining 24 minutes, with Peshek running in from 6 yards late in the fourth quarter.
Nevertheless, the Moffat County defense stayed strong in the second half, pestering the Western Slope League leader in passing yards and disrupting his receivers.
“We were outsized. Those guys have spent a lot of time in the weight room,” said Aspen coach Karson Pike. “The fight you can’t measure in the kids, so that’s awesome.”
Aspen finishes the season 2-7 overall.
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