Aspen football rolls on
The Aspen High School football team rolled to its second consecutive victory Friday night, beating Grand Valley, 35-26, in a wild Western League game in Parachute.
Grand Valley scored first after recovering an Aspen fumble on the opening possession of the game. Brian Hegwood ran for 45 yards and the TD, but the extra point kick failed.
Aspen answered when Ryan Fitzgerald scored on a 1-yard run. John Heaphey’s conversion kick gave Aspen a 7-6 lead with 3:16 to play in the first quarter.
The Skiers added to the lead when Henry Woodrow picked up a Grand Valley fumble and ran 15 yards for a score early in the second quarter. Heaphey’s conversion put the Skiers up, 14-6.
Grand Valley cut the lead to 14-12 with 5:35 to go in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by quarterback Tyler Scott.
The two-point conversion run failed, and Aspen led, 14-12, at halftime.
The Skiers extended the lead with a 45-yard drive and a short touchdown run by quarterback Tyler Tick. Another Heaphey conversion produced a 21-12 Aspen lead with 5:06 to play in the third quarter.
Fitzgerald, the leading rusher in the Western League, scored again in the fourth quarter — his 11th TD of the season as Aspen moved ahead, 28-12.
But Grand Valley answered with a 2-minute drive and a 4-yard TD run by Scott. He passed to Ivan Arizaga for a two-point conversion, cutting Aspen’s lead to 28-20 with 9:46 to play.
Aspen then scored on a 12-yard TD pass from Tick to Woodrow for a 35-20 lead, which Scott cut to 35-26 with a 45-yard TD pass to Arizaga.
The win boosted Aspen to 5-3 overall, 4-2 in the Western League.
Grand Valley fell to 1-7, 1-5 in league play.
In other Western games Friday, Olathe won at Bayfield, 21-20, and Gunnison routed Pagosa Springs, 52-13.
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